Indian cinema has witnessed many phenomenal movies which have brought many generations together. Indian women Scriptwriters have done an excellent job. Movies like Chittagong, Margarita with Straw, Lagaan, and Faana have depicted the harsh reality of Politics and Terrorism from which society suffers. Chashme Buddoor and Kuch Naa Kaho are the favorite Rom-com Movies of all time. Indian women Scriptwriters have talked about Women’s suffering from gender inequality, caste discrimination, and domestic violence through movies like
, Pad Man,
, and The Sky is Pink. Through their Scriptwriting, they have boldly and fearless talked about taboos: Sex, Relationships, Depression, etc. Their direction and scriptwriting have given the audience a better perspective on new concepts. So, let’s begin our journey for the Top 10 Indian Women Scriptwriters.
Sai Paranjpye was born on the 19th of March in Mumbai.She has created many phenomenal movies watched by many people and is considered a benchmark. She is known for her artistic skill and has drawn many people to the theaters.She started her career at the mere age of eight years with a collection of fairy tales in Marathi. She graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD) Delhi. In the beginning, she worked with All India Radio. She has written and directed many Marathi, Hindi, English adult, and children’s plays and books. Her 1st debut film was ‘
’ (1980). She did a detailed study of a blind school principal played by actor
. ‘Chashme Buddoor’ (1981) was a comedy blockbuster based on three college buddies whose life took a different turn because of a young girl in a hilarious way. ‘
’ (1990) film based on a migrant worker in Bombay was Produced and Directed by Sai Paranjpye. ‘Saaz’ (1997) is a movie directed by her. She received a Padma Bhushan from the Government of India for giving such blockbusters and artistic films to the Indian Cinema. She has produced television serials
(1984) and Chhote Bade (1985). She’s truly a legend!
2. Sushma Ahuja
Sushma Ahuja was born on the 18 August 1952 in Delhi. She is known as a Director, Screenwriter, and filmmaker. She started her career as a singer on All India Radio and performed as a dancer in her youth. She relocated to Madras with her family and worked closely with a theater group ‘Abhudhay. She has worked with filmmakers like Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and L.V Prasad. She did the translation of many Tamil films’ dialogues into Hindi. She assisted Sridevi with Hindi Dialogue in Hindi films. Work on the direction of an animated series called
Tara Ki Duniya
for DD Metro and Uyirodu Uyiraga 1998. She has done Scriptwriting for the films ‘Little John and ‘Ek Alag Mausam (2003) and worked on scripts and direction of ‘
Pyaar Mein Twist
‘and ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’. She has performed in films like Praying with Anger, Ek Alag Mausam, Pyaar Mein Twist, and Jai Santoshi Maa. In did Women are all-rounders!
She’s a renowned Director, Writer, and Film producer. She has earned many awards for movies like Amu, Margarita with Straw, etc. Shonali was born on 3rd June 1965 in Calcutta, West Bengal. She has explained social and political issues and the harsh reality of our society. ‘Attack on Sikhs in Delhi’ (1984) received a National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English. Her 1st debut film ‘Amu’ (2005), based on her novel and got the National Film Award, Bridgestone Narrative Award, and Sundance Mahindra Global Filmmaker Award. She gave many war- based movies like Chittagong, Margarita with Straw, and Attack on Sikhs in Delhi. A recent movie, The Sky Is Pink, is a heartwarming movie written and directed by Shonali Bose. For this movie, Shonali earned a Sundance and NETPAC award. Amu was screened at the International Film Festival in Berlin and Toronto. An anthology named Modern Love: Mumbai 2022, directed by Shonali Bose. Her writing has evoked many emotions and made us realize about humanity.
She is a Famous Telugu Writer and Journalist. She was born into a Marathi family but is proficient in Telugu language. She gave many hit movies to the Telugu industry Ye: Maya Chesave,
, 180, INTINTA ANNAMAYYA, and Malini 22. She has a writing style for which she did a detailed study on Telugu-speaking Malayalis and Christian families. She worked with All India radio and television channels for daily soaps like Pelli, Cheskundanma, and Vaishali serial for Zee Telugu. She received an award for best dialogue writer in 2010 for Akkineni Abinandana. Since January 2015, she has worked as a Vice President of the Telugu Cine Writers Association. She wrote many columns and articles on Film personalities for the Enadu Cinema page. Worked as a staff reporter and did over 215 freelance journalists.
She is a bold and fearless author and a Scriptwriter of India. Madhuri was born on 9 August 1975. Losing My Virginity, Other Dumb Ideas, Mistakes Like Love and Sex, and Scandalous Housewives are some of her books. She worked with
on a non-fictional book called Yummy Mummy Guide. As a columnist, she wrote many columns for two years with Asian age. She wrote articles and blogs for CNN-IBN, India Today’s online venture, and Daily-O. Worked as an assistant Director for movies like Yaadein (2001), Rahul (2001), and Kuch Naa Kaho (2002) and did screenwriting for Hate Story 2 (2014). Madhuri is eke –named an Indian version of Carrier Bradshaw by Cosmo magazine for her bold and dynamic writing style. A documentary was produced about her by Dove as a Fearless and Fab Woman posted on Yahoo! Website.
Shibani is the screenwriter of box-office hit movies like Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Kidnap, Fanaa, My Name is Khan, and a recent hit movie called Kalank. She did period advertising with Sony. She won an International Indian Film Academy award and a Zee Cine award for best story for the movie My Name is Khan (2002)
Gauri Shinde was born on 6th July 1974 in Pune. She was featured in the Financial Times 2012 list of 25 Indians to Watch and Rediff’s list of Bollywood’s five best directors of 2012. Worked as an intern in Mumbai with documentary director Siddhanth Kak and later started working with many advertising agencies. She has created over 100 advertising films and short films. Oh Man! (2001), a short film by Gauri Shinde, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. She is known for the movie
(2012). Sridevi has a comeback in this movie, released at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was based on the relationship between daughter and mother and successfully gave a different perspective to this underrated relationship. The Movie English Vinglish received a Film Fare award for best debut director and Laadli National Media awards for gender equality. She also created social awareness and talked about depression through a movie called
(2016), Chup: Revenge of the Artist (2022), Pad Man (2018), and Shamitabh (2015) are some of her famous movies. Through her writing and direction, she has brought awareness to many subjects.
Kiran Rao was born on 7 November 1973. She started her career as an assistant director in Lagaan, directed by
and Swades: We the People. ‘Lagaan’ was nominated for the 74th Academy Awards. Later, she worked as a Second assistant director with Minar Nair on the Indie hit Monsoon Wedding. She scripted and directed the movie
(2011). She worked as a Chairperson of the Mumbai Film Festival in 2015. Now, she’s a board member of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Motion. Along with
, she is a Co-founder of The Paani Foundation, helped many people during drought-prone conditions in Maharashtra, and sang the Marathi song ‘
’ the Water Cup anthem of
(2011), Talaash (2012), Dangal (2016), Secret Superstar (2017), Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Naa (2008),
Taare Zameen Par
(2007), and Laal Singh Chaddha (2022) are some of her super hit films .
She’s a well-known Malayalam Director, producer, and scriptwriter. She is a Board Member of the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image. She is the Founder of WCC (Women in Cinema Collective). She initiated her career by editing and assisting the producers of educational documentaries. Her Graduation film Black Nor White was assisted by
at the London Film School, and it premiered at the Palm Spring International Film Festival and achieved the British Film Institute Image Asia Award. Her movies have earned many awards ‘Manjadikuru ‘(2008) has won FIPRESCI as the Best Malayalam Film and the Hassankutty Award for Best Indian Debut Director at the International Film Festival of Kerala, Kerala State Film Award for Best Screenplay. Kerala Café (2009) is the first anthology film produced by Ranjith Balakrishnan. Happy Journey was a humorous segment directed for Capital Theaters and premiered at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival; it won awards like NETPAC and IFFK 2009. ‘Ustad Hotel’ also won the National Award for Best Screenplay at the 60th National Film Award. Wonder Woman is an OTT debut and was released on Sony Live and produced by RSVP Movies and Flying Unicorn Entertainment. She is a motivational speaker at venues like TED, TIE Global, and CII KSVM. She is a member of the General Council of Kerala’s Chalachithra Academy.
Zoya completed her diploma in filmmaking from NYV. As the first step of her career, she assisted directors like
, and Tony Gerber. Zoya Akhtar and
formed Tiger Baby Film in October 2015. She is a Board member of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Films. She has directed movies like Luck by Chance (2009) and won Best Debut Director and Best Screenplay Writer. ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (2011) won the IFFA award (2011). Her recent work includes films like
Dil Dhadakne Do
(2019). Gully Boy earned Zoya the Second Best Director Award at Filmfare. She has written Web Series like Made in Heaven, Ghost Stories, and Lust Stories.