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Top 10 National Award-winning Directors In Bollywood

Top 10 National Award-winning Directors In Bollywood Hindi Article

Bollywood is rich with extraordinarily talented and famous film directors. Their exceptional performances and hard work have earned them the National Film Awards. Here is the list of some National Award-winning directors in Bollywood.

1. Mrinal Sen

Mrinal Sen was one of the greatest directors of the Indian cinema. He was born on May 14, 1923. He has directed and written in Bengali, Hindi, and Telugu language films. He received national recognition with his 1969 comedy Hindi film, Bhuvan Shome. The film got him a National Film Award in the Best Director category. Moreover, he won the same award for his films Ek Din Pratidin (1979), Akaler Sandhane (1980), and Khandhar (1984). Mrinal worked in different genres of films. He was at his time called as the Marxist filmmaker in Indian cinema. Mrinal Sen was a proud recipient of the Nehru Soviet Land Award (1979), Padma Bhushan (1981), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1985), Order of Friendship (2000), Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2003). He also served in the Rajya Sabha of Indian Parliament from August 1997 to August 2003.

2. Mani Kaul

Mani Kaul was born Rabindranath Kaul on December 25, 1944. He was an FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) graduate. His debut directing film was Uski Roti (1969), which was critically acclaimed. For his third Hindi language film, Duvidha (1973), he was rewarded with the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1974. Moreover, he was honored with the National Film Award (1974) for his brilliant direction in the film. His next National Film Award came in 1989 for Siddheshwari (Best Documentary Film). He lived a respectful appreciating life for his cinematic art. He died on July 6, 2011 due to cancer.

3. Shyam Benegal

He was born on December 14, 1934. Shyam Benegal is a director and screenwriter by profession. He was an active Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha from 2006 to 2012. He has worked in Indian films, documentaries, short films, and television. He is known to have initiated the New Wave Indian Cinema movement. He was honored with the National Film Award eight times. His first award came for his first feature film, Ankur (1973). Other awards went for the movie Nishant (1975), Manthan (1976), Bhumika: The Role (1977), Junoon (1979), Arohan (1982), Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2004), and Well Done Abba (2010). He is an honorable recipient of Padma Shri (1976) and Padma Bhushan (1991). He was rewarded with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award (2005) for his valuable contribution to Indian cinema.

4. Tapan Sinha

Tapan Sinha was an Indian director who worked in Bengali cinema and Bollywood. He was born on October 2, 1924. He went to London to learn filmmaking. He was strongly inspired by Rabindranath Tagore. His first film was Ankush (1954). He was an essential pillar of the New Indian Cinema movement. He had won National Film Award for his best direction in the films Kabuliwala (1956), Louha Kapat (1957), Kshudhita Pashan (1960), Atithi (1965), Hatey Bazarey ()1967, Apanjan (1968), Ekhonee (1971), Safed Hathi (1977), Aadmi Aur Aurat (1984), Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990), and Wheelchair (1994). In 2006, he was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his prestigious contribution to Indian cinema.

5. Saeed Akhtar Mirza

He is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter. He works in Bollywood and television. Born on June 30, 1943, he is an FTII graduate. He is a notable author of two novels, Ammi: Letter to a Democratic Mother (2008), and The Monk, the Moor & Moses Ben Jalloun (2012). He is known for his films like Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978), Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai (1980), Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho (1984), Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989), and Naseem (1995). He was honored with the National Film Award (1996) for his film Naseem (Best Direction and the Best Screenplay). Currently, he is chairman of the K. R. Narayanan Institute of Visual Science and Arts, Kerala.

6. Madhur Bhandarkar

He is an Indian filmmaker, producer, and scriptwriter. His date of birth is August 26, 1968. He was born and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He started his career as an assistant director to Ram Gopal Varma. His debut directorial film was the 1999 film Trishakti. He is known for directing films like Chandni Bar, Corporate (2006), Fashion (2008), Heroine(2012), and the Bengali language film, Avijatrik (2021). For his 2001 film Chandni Bar, he won the National Film Award. Next, he won the National Film Award for Best Director in the films Page 3 (2005) and Traffic Signal (2007). Also, he is an honored recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri (2016) award.

7. Hansal Mehta

Hansal Mehta is an Indian director, screenwriter, and producer. He was born on April 29, 1968. He started his career as a television director for the show Khana Khazana. He debuted as a director and writer in the 1999 film Jayate. His famous work includes Shahid (2013), Citylights (2014), Aligarh (2016), Omerta (2018), and Scam 1992 (2020). For his 2013 film Shahid, Hansal Mehta was rewarded the prestigious National Film Award in the Best Direction category.

8. Sanjay Leela Bhansali

He is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and music composer. He was born on February 24, 1963. He marked his debut as an assistant director in Parinda (1989). He marked his directorial debut with the 1996 film Khamoshi: The Musical. He went on to direct many superhit movies Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Devdas (2000), Black (2005), Goliyon Ki Raaleela Ram-Leela (2013), Bajirao Mastani (2015), Padmaavat (2018), and Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022). Sanjay has won seven National Film Awards and twelve Filmfare Awards. Moreover, he was honored with the Padma Shri (2015) award.

9. Aditya Dhar

Aditya Dhar is an Indian director, writer, and lyricist. He was born on March 12, 1983. He started his career as an associate director and screenwriter in the 2009 film Boond. He marked his directorial debut with the 2019 film Uri: The Surgical Strike. He received the National Film Award in the Best Debut Director category. He is married to the Indian film actress Yami Gautam.

10. Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan

He is an Indian screenwriter and filmmaker. His date of birth is October 8, 1975. He hails from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh He has won two National Film Awards for his films Lahore (2010) and Bahattar Hoorain (2019).

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