The directors work behind the camera, but control everything happening in front of it. Bollywood has witnessed many remarkable directors, who have brought significant improvement in filmmaking technique, script presentation, and exploring innovative ideas. Every director tries to establish themself through their work. The viewers prefer quality over quantity in movies. Today, we look at some of the best Bollywood directors who haven’t given a single bad movie, and never disappointed the fans.
Rajkumar Hirani’s debut came with the legendary Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., which made him a household name and revived Sanjay Dutt’s career. Its sequel, Lage Raho Munna Bhai was equally quirky and hilarious. Hirani then went on to direct acclaimed films 3 Idiots, PK, and Sanju, all of which have shattered box office records. His next venture Dunki, featuring
Shah Rukh Khan
is much awaited among the fans.
Farhan Akhtar made his directorial debut with the iconic
Dil Chahta Hai
, which remains as relatable and memorable as it was in 2001. He then directed acclaimed films such as Lakshya and Don. In 2011, Farhan directed the much-awaited sequel, Don 2, which performed better than its predecessor. While he has only four movies under his belt as a director, their quality makes up for the lack of quantity.
One of the most consistent directors of Bollywood, Neeraj Pandey, made his directorial debut with A Wednesday, which received praise from critics, and won many accolades. Neeraj has since directed acclaimed films like Special 26, Baby, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, and
. Neeraj has started a trend of realistic thrillers in Bollywood. He has also served as a producer and screenwriter for many films. His most recent directorial venture is the series Special Ops 1.5.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of the most acclaimed directors of Bollywood. His directorial debut, Khamoshi, earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Film (Critics). He then directed epic romances Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas. His next venture Black held the record for most Filmfare wins until 2019. While Sawariya and Guzaarish were commercial failures, his next films Ram-Leela,
, and Padmaavat all generated huge numbers at the box office. His latest Gangubai Kathiawadi was also a commercial and critical success.
Making his debut with the suspense-filled thriller
Ek Hasina Thi
in 2004, Sriram Raghavan has delivered great films consecutively. He followed it up with the acclaimed Johnny Gaddar. His next venture
received mixed reviews, but he came back stronger than ever with Badlapur. His latest venture, Andhadhun is one of the best thrillers in Bollywood. Andhadhun was remade in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam languages.
One of the most celebrated Indian directors is the legendary Mani Ratnam. While he predominantly works in the Tamil film industry, his Hindi ventures are nothing short of masterpieces. He directed the acclaimed films Roja, Bombay, and Dil Se, which collectively have come to be known as The Terrorism Trilogy. Dil Se won the Netpac Award at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival. His other successful Hindi films include Guru and Raavan.
Making his debut with the hilarious Khosla Ka Ghosla in 2006, Dibakar Banerjee instantly charmed the audiences with his unique style and vision. It remains one of the best comedies which focused on the common’s man’s housing crisis. He followed that with the acclaimed film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Shanghai, LSD, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!,
, and Lust Stories. His most recent film was Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, released in 2021.
Nitesh Tiwari is one of the best directors of the previous decade. He made his directorial debut with
served as co-director. The movie won the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film in 2011. He then followed it up with acclaimed movies
, Dangal, and Chhichhore. Dangal made him a household name and broke many box office records. His next movie Bawaal will release in 2023.
One of the most versatile directors of Bollywood, Shoojit Sircar has given us numerous great films. His debut …Yahaan, revolved around the Kashmir conflict. It won many accolades at the Star Screen Awards. He has since directed acclaimed films
, Piku, October, Gulabo Sitabo, and Sardar Udham. Vicky Donor won the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Award at the
National Film Awards
10. R. Balki
R. Balki made his debut with the romantic drama
, for which he was nominated for Best Debut Director at various award ceremonies. He then directed the acclaimed film Paa, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. He followed that up with Shamitabh, Ki & Ka, and Padman, the latter of which won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues. His latest venture, Chup, opened up to rave reviews.