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Top Hindi Movies Directors



Bollywood has finally come of age. The epicenter of cinema in India has, for decades been stagnated by larger-than-life story-lines, over-the-top performances and exotic song and dance sequences. For long people thought that all you need to know for becoming a Bollywood actor was to sing and dance. Yes, the early years, up until the 50s, gave us some extraordinary filmmakers and great movies, but the years since have been a slog. So while the mass popularity and financial wealth of Bollywood grew exponentially, regional Indian cinema left Bollywood far behind in the quality of film-making.




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But over the last ten years or so, things have changed. A new generation of filmmakers have made their mark, bringing out stories never told before; making our cinema truly international, while never losing the Indian touch. Mainstream cinema became more nuanced and mature during this period, while the parallel cinema movement, which was all but dead, was revived and rejuvenated. Today, we can finally be proud of what Bollywood has achieved and be hopeful of even greater things to happen in the years to come. So, we at The Cinemaholic, pay our tributes to those filmmakers, who have ushered in this new era of film-making in Bollywood, by listing the top Bollywood directors.


But we would like to begin with a note of caution. No list is truly perfect, and no list can fully satisfy everyone. We, at The Cinemaholic, do not claim to hold the last word on cinema. Every film is a personal experience, so is the impact of a filmmaker; this list is just a compilation of our favorite directors. You may not agree with our ranking, maybe your favorite director is missing from our list, but we sure can vouch for the fact that each of the below-mentioned filmmakers has enriched the craft of film-making, and left his/her mark on the annals of history. So, without further ado, here goes:


Could there be a list without him? The ultimate master of commercial cinema, Hirani is an institution by himself with his hilarious and wildly entertaining take on various social issues that plagues our society. His movies manage to entertain while leaving behind poignant societal questions to ponder about; he manages to make us laugh and think at the same time. Rightfully called the Hrishikesh Mukherjee of our times, Hirani is one of the few filmmakers whose earnestness and simplicity is reflected in each of his movies, which is what makes him truly great.


UPDATE NOVEMBER 2022: Now showing TOP 25 DirectorsAfter a detailed analysis of all my Indian movies ratings that I have ever rated, I have made this list listing my 10 best directors from Bollywood, throughout any time. My Ranking and analysis points (Bollywood & World wide) for each Director are also mentioned. Directors with most recent work are given few extra points. LIST WILL BE UPDATED ROUGHLY EVERY FEW MONTHS.NOVEMBER 2022 UPDATE HIGHLIGHTS:NEW ENTRANCE: Shoojit Sircar, Sunil Dhawan, R. BalkiMAJOR RISE: Shoojit SircarEXIT: Umesh Shukla, Ken Ghosh, Rohit ShettyMAJOR FALL: Umesh ShuklaCHECK ALSO; Wordwide Top 25 Directors There may be some directors which are not in the list only because I have not seen much of their work. Conversely there may be directors who don't deserve to be in the list only because I have not yet seen their bad works. If you think some Guru is missing, you may mention some of their best work so that I may consider it for my list. Thanks to all.


Shankar is an Indian film director and producer who works mainly in Tamil cinema. He started his career as an assistant director to SA Chandrasekar and now he is the highest paid director in the country. He made his debut in Gentleman (1993) and since 2015 he has directed 12 movies. He won the ...


Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a director, writer and producer who established Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures (Romp) in India. Romp has cultivated in them an attitude to pioneer the way for the new wave and new age cinema from India, by identifying talent (writers & directors) from India and telling ...


Zoya Akhtar hails from one of the most talented film families in the country. After completing a diploma in filmmaking from NYU, she assisted directors like Mira Nair, Tony Gerber, and Dev Benegal, before turning Writer-Director in her own right.She has directed movies like the critically acclaimed ...


Born on 21st May 1966 in Kolkata, Sujoy Ghosh is an Indian film writer, director, actor and producer who is well known for his critically acclaimed movies like Jhankar Beats, Kahaani, Ahalya and Badla.The film maker started the trend of multiplex movies in Bollywood with his directorial debut ...


Aanand L. Rai is a Hindi film director and producer known for romantic-comedy movies Tanu Weds Manu (2011), Raanjhanaa (2013), Tanu Weds Manu: Returns (2015) and Zero (2018). Rai started assisting his elder brother television director Ravi Rai in television series. Eventually he made his ...


Kabir Khan is presently one of the most sought after Bollywood directors. His beat of cinema is very different from the rest of his league. He comes from documentary style of film making. He is known for his brilliant cinematographic skills. He graduated from Delhi University's Kirori Mal College. ...


Ali Abbas Zafar was born 17 January, 1982 in Dehradun, India. He is an Indian screenwriter-director, known for his acclaimed, blockbuster films Sultan (2016) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017).After majoring in Chemistry at Delhi University, he assisted various directors in Mumbai before making his ...


If you're in the mood for some good-old horror, comedy- Bhool Bhulaiyaa is definitely the way to go. Unlike typical comedy movies in Bollywood, this film has a strong and gripping storyline with humor scattered around it. The story revolves around Vidya Balan who returns to her ancestral home in her superstitious town with her husband. Eventually, things start to go wrong, and they call Akshay Kumar to take care of the problem, and of course, a series of comedic chaos ensues.


An out-and-out entertainer, this classic comedy follows the tried and tested formula of a family entertainer with slap-stick dialogues and good music and acting. The story follows the journey of twin brothers, and the comedic disarray caused by some miscommunication. Anil Kapoor has amazing comedic timing throughout and the rest of the ensemble cast also does a great job. Despite the slightly overdone melodrama, a staple in comedy movies in Bollywood, the film is a must-watch for the moments that will truly have you rolling on the floor in laughter!


Netflix closed out 2021 with a bang, debuting two new Indian Original series and the Original Malayalam superhero film Minnal Murali, which got a high profile Christmas Eve release. Here are all of the new Indian movies and TV series added to Netflix in December 2021.


Movies are a great source of entertainment. They give us a respite from our mundane lives and busy schedules. Romantic movies, especially, are a form a wish fulfillment for the viewer. Good love stories give us hope and happiness. Hence, the romantic genre has a lot of demand in Bollywood. And if romantic movies have a hint of comedy or drama, it makes the film more entertaining. Bollywood has delivered great love stories since its inception.


Since the year 2000, every commercial movie has an item song that is aesthetically embellished in a film as entertainment. Well, in the true sense movie making has changed dramatically since the year 2000. While big budgets have gotten bigger in the new millennium, a number of new directors have gone onto to make a big splash with small budget films.


Music has been an integral part of Bollywood movies since the end of silent-era films. During the earlier times, live orchestras were accompanied by silent films for the better entertainment of the viewers. However, with the arrival of sound in movies, the handlers of the orchestras and their other members transitioned into music directors or musicians. The music directors, musicians, and playback singers spend quite a lot of time in recording studios to ensure the best quality of music, in order to meet the exceeding expectations of the cine-goers, sometimes these recording studios become the budding ground for the best kind of love stories. Sometimes these love stories end as quickly as they started, while other times they lasted forever and transitioned into marriage. So, here we present to you the list of the top Bollywood singers who married music directors. For more such Bollywood updates, articles, topics, and trivia related to movies and celebrities, stay tuned.


The Indian Ghazal singer Chitra Singh is best remembered for her work in Mirza Ghalib (1988). She and her husband Jagjit Singh are credited for the revival of ghazal and popularizing Indian classical music in Bollywood. Born as Jagmohan Singh Dhiman, popularly known by his stage name Jagjit Singh, was a famous music composer and ghazal singer, who is known for his works in the movies like Saath Saath (1982), Arth (1982), Sarfarosh (1999), and many more. The contribution of the duo was helpful in revolutionizing Bollywood music. In 1990, their son Vivek died in a road accident, which came as a profound shock to the couple. It affected them so much that they gave up music for a year. Jagjit Singh eventually returned to the industry, but Chitra announced her retirement, and declared she would never record any more songs.


Bollywood playback singer and live performer, Rekha Bhardwaj who has sung in Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi and Malayalam in addition to Hindi language. Her career spans for over two decades in Bollywood, and she is best noted for her works in movies like Omkara (2006), Kaminey (2009), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), Angrezi Medium (2020), and many more. This female playback singer is married to noted Bollywood music composer, film director, screenwriter, producer and playback singer, Vishal Bhardwaj, who is a recipient of several accolades including seven National Film Awards. He has composed music for movies like Maachis (1996), Betaabi (1997), Satya (1998), etc.


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