Indian cinema has produced some of the finest, rarest and talented directors in it’s glorious 103 years. Director is the life blood of a film, he shapes the film and its future solely depends on him. Here are 5 living directorial legends of Indian cinema.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali was born in 1963 and he is an acclaimed film producer, director, script writer and music director. Sanjay began his career by assisting Vidhu Vinod Chopra and was a part of Parinda, 1942: A Love Story. He is famous for his intense and epic films. He graduated from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. His famous films include ‘Devdas’, ‘Black’, ‘Rowdy Rathore’, ‘Mary Kom’, ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ and many more. He has received National award for four times.
This 61 year old living legend was born in 1955 and is the directorial father in Tamil cinema. He made his debut with the 1983 Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi. Mani Ratnam is one of India’s most acclaimed and influential filmmakers. He married Tamil actress Suhasini and has a son. He has won six National awards and few of his famous works include ‘Roja’, ‘Dil Se’, ‘Yuva’, ‘Bombay’, ‘Nayagan’, ‘Thalapathy’, ‘Raavan’ and ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’.
Ashutosh Gowariker a skillful director and one of the best director of all time was born in 1964. He is a film director, actor, writer and producer. Ashutosh Gowariker started his career as an an actor and made his debut as a director in 1993 movie, ‘Pehla Nasha’. His the only Indian director to get nominated for Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film for his film ‘Lagaan’. Few of his famous films include ‘Lagaan’, ‘Swades’and ‘Jodhaa Akbar’.
Director/producer Shankar was born in 1963. He started his career as an assistant director and made his directorial debut in 1993 with the film ‘Gentlemen’. Some of his famous films include ‘‘Gentleman’, ‘Indian’, ‘Nayak’, ‘Sivaji’, Boys’, ‘Jeans’ and ‘Enthiran’. His films, ‘Indian’ (1996) and ‘Jeans’ (1998), were submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
SS Rajamouli is a famous for his magnum opus work ‘Baahubali’. He is famous for his films like ‘Magadheera’ and ‘Eega’. Rajamouli crossed the national border and his epic master piece ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ reached international market. He started his career by directing Telugu soap operas on Eenadu Television. He has bagged two National awards for his epic film ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ and ‘Eega’.