Being a successful director is not an easy job, after completing hundred years, Hindi Film Industry becomes one of the largest industries in the world. It has the number of ace filmmakers and the number of filmmakers created history in the past. Mostly male directors and producers set several benchmarks and gave new heights to the Indian cinema.
Everyone knows Bollywood actresses very well but no one knows that female directors like Mira Nair, Farah Khan, Leena Yadav, Kalpana Lajmi, Nandita Das, Revathi, Deepa Mehta, Anusha Rizvi and others played important role in the success of Bollywood. Here we are listing today’s top Female Directors in Bollywood.
1- Zoya Akhtar
Zoya Akhtar’s father Javed Akhtar is a legendary writer and poet, brother Farhan Akhtar is such a versatile film personality who is a successful actor, director, producer, and writer but Zoya made her own identity in the film industry.
Zoya is a passionate filmmaker did diploma in filmmaking from New York University Film School then started to assist the Indian filmmakers and directed later Luck By Chance (2009), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Bombay Talkies (2013), Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) like successful projects.
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2- Farah Khan
When a successful choreographer turned director and producer got more success and she is Farah Khan. After doing more than a hundred songs, choreographer Farah Khan debuted comedy-drama Main Hoon Na (2004) and proved that she is versatile and hugely talented.
Her all successful films Main Hoon Na (2013), Om Shanti Om (2007), Happy New Year (2014) led by King Khan while Akshay Kumar starred Tees Maar Khan (2010) failed at Box Office.
3- Gauri Shinde
Ace filmmaker R Balki’s wife Gauri Shinde is genius writer-director and her films English Vinglish (2012) and Dear Zindagi (2016) received critical acclaim for her brilliant direction.
4- Reema Kagti
Reema’s directional debut Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2006) is a comedy-drama, next one Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012) is a psychological horror movie also co-written by Reema herself and now directing a sports drama Gold (2018) where Akshay Kumar will play India’s first gold medalist. You can see that she is impressive in all genres.
A critically acclaimed actress Nandita Das acted in more than forty films including English, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Tamil. Actress turned director Nandita’s directional debut Firaaq (2008) received several award and nominations. Hindi short film In Defence of Freedom (2017) also praised and Manto (2018) created a buzz before release.
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6- Deepa Mehta
India born Deepa Mehta lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Indo-Canadian film director-writer Deepa is critically acclaimed for Water (2005) was sent by India and Canada for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Heaven on Earth (2008), Midnight’s Children (2012) are other best films directed by Deepa Mehta.
7- Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Dangal (2016) director Nitesh Tiwari’s wife Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari made her own identity in Bollywood and her Hindi films Nil Battey Sannata (2016) and Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) received critical acclaim and Box office success. Nil Battey Sannata Tamil remake as Amma Kanakku (2016) received the same response.
8- Pooja Bhatt
90’s popular actress Pooja Bhatt is the eldest daughter of veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt but she is better known for her own work in the industry. In 2003, this beautiful actress turned director and received an amazing response for the direction and then directed Holiday (2006), Dhokha (2007), Kajraare (2010), Jism 2 (2012) later.
9- Meghna Gulzar
Meghna Gulzar is a daughter of legendary lyricist and director Gulzar and former actress Rakhee but every Hindi move lover know this talented girl by her own work in Bollywood best known for Filhaal… (2002), Just Married (2007), Dus Kahaniyaan (2007), Talvar (2015). Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal starring Raazi (2018) receives amazing reviews.
10- Leena Yadav
Leena Yadav is a multi-tasking film personality has worked as film and tv serial director, writer, editor, and producer. Sanjay Dutt and Aishwarya Rai starred thriller drama Shabd (2005), Big B’s thriller Teen Patti (2010) and Parched (2017) received positive reviews for her directional films.
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