Top 25 blockbuster directors of Bollywood

Movies | | July 7, 2012, 7:21 pm
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He has made unforgettable films and memorable music. From 'Maqbool' to '7 Khoon Maaf', one can't get enough of Vishal Bhardwaj.

He has made unforgettable films and memorable music. From 'Maqbool' to '7 Khoon Maaf', one can't get enough of Vishal Bhardwaj.

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His next film starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif is currently under production. No one knows romance better than Yash Chopra.

His next film starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif is currently under production. No one knows romance better than Yash Chopra.

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Bollywood biggie Karan Johar is currently involved with 'Student of the Year. After directing films such as 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' and 'My Name is Khan', he has become one of the most sought after directors of Bollywood.

Bollywood biggie Karan Johar is currently involved with 'Student of the Year. After directing films such as 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' and 'My Name is Khan', he has become one of the most sought after directors of Bollywood.

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So far, director Shyam Benegal's films have won seven National Film Awards for the Best Hindi Feature Film.

So far, director Shyam Benegal's films have won seven National Film Awards for the Best Hindi Feature Film.

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From acting in 'I Am' to directing 'Gangs of Wasseypur', Anurag Kashyap is full of dark surprises. 'Gulaal', 'Dev D', 'No Smoking', and 'Black Friday' are some of his previous releases.

From acting in 'I Am' to directing 'Gangs of Wasseypur', Anurag Kashyap is full of dark surprises. 'Gulaal', 'Dev D', 'No Smoking', and 'Black Friday' are some of his previous releases.

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He has become a hot property after the mega success of 'Singham'. He is first from right in this photograph.

He has become a hot property after the mega success of 'Singham'. He is first from right in this photograph.

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His take-it-easy policy seems to be working in Bollywood. With films like 'Wanted' and 'Rowdy Rathore', Prabhudeva has got extremely popular with the masses.

His take-it-easy policy seems to be working in Bollywood. With films like 'Wanted' and 'Rowdy Rathore', Prabhudeva has got extremely popular with the masses.

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His gandhigiri in 'Munna Bhai M.B.B.S'  and 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai', and satirical take on the education system in '3 Idiots' gave the audience enough reasons to smile.

His gandhigiri in 'Munna Bhai M.B.B.S' and 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai', and satirical take on the education system in '3 Idiots' gave the audience enough reasons to smile.

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He directed 'Dabangg', the highest box-office grosser of Salman Khan's career. His next film 'Besharam' has Ranbir Kapoor and Pallavi Sharda in lead roles.

He directed 'Dabangg', the highest box-office grosser of Salman Khan's career. His next film 'Besharam' has Ranbir Kapoor and Pallavi Sharda in lead roles.

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One of the few female directors, Zoya Akhtar's film 'Luck by Chance' starring Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone was cold at the box-office, however with 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' she got back her claim to fame.

One of the few female directors, Zoya Akhtar's film 'Luck by Chance' starring Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone was cold at the box-office, however with 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' she got back her claim to fame.

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'Jab We Met' kick-started his fame and with 'Rockstar' he has risen to the top 25 directors' club.

'Jab We Met' kick-started his fame and with 'Rockstar' he has risen to the top 25 directors' club.

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Prakash Jha's recent releases have been defined by convoluted political plots and intense characters. 'Raajneeti', 'Aarakshan' were great watches and 'Chakravyuh' is expected to hit the screens in 2012.

Prakash Jha's recent releases have been defined by convoluted political plots and intense characters. 'Raajneeti', 'Aarakshan' were great watches and 'Chakravyuh' is expected to hit the screens in 2012.

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After films like 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', 'Devdas', 'Black' and 'Guzaarish', Bhansali is all set to remake Romeo and Juliet. Titled 'Ram Leela', it has Kareena Kapoor and Ranveer Singh playing the lovers.

After films like 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', 'Devdas', 'Black' and 'Guzaarish', Bhansali is all set to remake Romeo and Juliet. Titled 'Ram Leela', it has Kareena Kapoor and Ranveer Singh playing the lovers.

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While 'Chak De! India' reminded all Shah Rukh Khan haters that he can act, Amin's 'Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year' was quite a likeable film.

While 'Chak De! India' reminded all Shah Rukh Khan haters that he can act, Amin's 'Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year' was quite a likeable film.

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From 'Khoon Bhari Maang' to the 'Krrish' franchise, all his ventures begin with the letter K. Director Rakesh Roshan with actress Barbara Mori.

From 'Khoon Bhari Maang' to the 'Krrish' franchise, all his ventures begin with the letter K. Director Rakesh Roshan with actress Barbara Mori.

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'Roja', 'Bombay', 'Dil Se', 'Yuva', 'Guru', 'Raavan' and the list goes on. A 6 time winner of the National Award, Ratnam (centre) personifies prestige in the Indian film industry.

'Roja', 'Bombay', 'Dil Se', 'Yuva', 'Guru', 'Raavan' and the list goes on. A 6 time winner of the National Award, Ratnam (centre) personifies prestige in the Indian film industry.

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His films 'Page 3' and 'Fashion' reverberated with the critics. Currently, Bhandarkar (left) is working on 'Heroine' that stars Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, and Randeep Hooda.

His films 'Page 3' and 'Fashion' reverberated with the critics. Currently, Bhandarkar (left) is working on 'Heroine' that stars Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, and Randeep Hooda.

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Although the 'Lagaan' magic hasn't been repeated, Gowarikar's (right) films 'Swades' and 'Jodhaa Akbar' fared well at the box-office.

Although the 'Lagaan' magic hasn't been repeated, Gowarikar's (right) films 'Swades' and 'Jodhaa Akbar' fared well at the box-office.

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The maker of 'Satya', 'Company', 'Sarkar' and 'Department' has a very distinct style of filmmaking.

The maker of 'Satya', 'Company', 'Sarkar' and 'Department' has a very distinct style of filmmaking.

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With only one film in his kitty, technically Motwane (second from left) doesn't qualify, but 'Udaan' was an unforgettable experience. Now the wait is for 'Lootera' starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles.

With only one film in his kitty, technically Motwane (second from left) doesn't qualify, but 'Udaan' was an unforgettable experience. Now the wait is for 'Lootera' starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles.

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Known for critically acclaimed films like 'Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi', 'Dharavi', 'Chameli' and 'Yeh Saali Zindagi', Mishra is often in news for his link-ups with his heroines.

Known for critically acclaimed films like 'Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi', 'Dharavi', 'Chameli' and 'Yeh Saali Zindagi', Mishra is often in news for his link-ups with his heroines.

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'Khosla Ka Ghosla' and 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!' were a complete blast while 'Love Sex aur Dhokha' was the first Bollywood film to be entirely shot on a digital camera.

'Khosla Ka Ghosla' and 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!' were a complete blast while 'Love Sex aur Dhokha' was the first Bollywood film to be entirely shot on a digital camera.

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'Don 2' had huge collections internationally and 'Lakshya' is a film one can watch over and over. But Farhan Akhtar's (second from left) first 'Dil Chahta Hai' remains a cult for the decade.

'Don 2' had huge collections internationally and 'Lakshya' is a film one can watch over and over. But Farhan Akhtar's (second from left) first 'Dil Chahta Hai' remains a cult for the decade.

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His 'The Dirty Picture' forced us to relook at acting skills of actresses and not their figures. Milan Luthria's upcoming 'Once Upon a Time Again' is set to be released in 2012.

His 'The Dirty Picture' forced us to relook at acting skills of actresses and not their figures. Milan Luthria's upcoming 'Once Upon a Time Again' is set to be released in 2012.

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One of the most reputed directors of Bollywood, Anees has directed blockbusters like 'No Entry', 'Welcome', 'Singh Is Kinng', 'No Problem', 'Thank You' and 'Ready'.

One of the most reputed directors of Bollywood, Anees has directed blockbusters like 'No Entry', 'Welcome', 'Singh Is Kinng', 'No Problem', 'Thank You' and 'Ready'.