Top 10 Indian Directors in the Last Three Decades
The face of Indian cinema has changed a great deal in the
last few years. The present times are one of the best times for Bollywood as it
is witnessing an influx of directors who are driven by content, have engaging stories
to tell and are not afraid of taking the road less taken. But the foundation
stone of these best times was laid in the last three decades by top Indian
directors who shaped Bollywood with their vision and direction style. So,
here is taking a look at ten such directors of the last three decades. Each of
them is a best Bollywood director in his own right.
Yash Chopra – “The King of Romance” gave
us “Silsila,”“Chandni,” “Lamhe,” “Darr,” ending the era of violence that
dominated the 80s. A trendsetter, his
acute sense of aesthetics, romance, and music made his movies a treat to the
eyes, heart and the ears.
Subhash Ghai – The “Showman of Indian
Cinema” gave hits like “Hero,” “Karma,” “Ram Lakhan,” “Saudagar” and ruled the
80s and 90s. He made masala entertainers on a grandiose scale, knew the pulse
of the masses and told stories that struck a chord with the hinterland as well
as the urban scape.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bhansali carved a
niche for himself with his grand scale cinema making style. At the same time,
he also dealt with sensitive and dark subjects through “Khamoshi: The
Musical,”“Black,” and “Guzarish.” His honest approach, refined aesthetical
sense and understanding of music have made his work stand out.
Mahesh Bhatt – Bhatt rose to prominence
with movies like “Arth” (1982), “Saaransh” (1984) and “Daddy” (1989). His films
tackled social issues like extra-marital affair, arbitrary violence, urban
angst, communalism with great sensitivity. He showed remarkable grit in exploring
complexities of relationship and life.
Mani Ratnam – A maverick, Mani touched
upon socio-political themes such as terrorism, communalism, insurgency with his
movies. “Roja,” “Bombay,” “Dil Se” brought forth a new world before the
Bollywood audiences, establishing him as one of the top Indian directors
in the 90s. His technical expertise in cinematography, art direction, and
editing set benchmarks for many directors.
Ram Gopal Verma – Ramu laid the
foundation stone for crime dramas as the audiences know them today. He dared to
explore the underworld of Mumbai with movies like “Satya,” “Company” “Sarkar”
and presented it with great finesse.
Raju Hirani – With mega hits like
“Munnabhai MBBS,”“Lage Raho Munnabhai,” “3 Idiots,” and “PK” to his credit,
Hirani stands out as a successful director. But his movies have not just raked
in huge moolah, they have also raised important social issues. A tough trick to
crack, he has perfected the art of making sensible popular cinema.
Imtiaz Ali – His “Jab We Met” has become
a cult classic among millennials. The way Ali deals with new-age romance,
highlighting the issues of youngsters such as fear of commitment, identity
crisis, self-discovery, he does have a mature take on 21st century
love. He is the love guru director of the current generation.
Vishal Bharadwaj – Vishal turned a new
leaf in filmmaking by adapting plays and stories into movies. “7 Khoon Maaf,”
“Omkara,” “Haider,” showed that literature can be adapted successfully into
cinema without tampering its soul.
Anurag Kashyap – Kashyap is credited with
establishing the Indie scene in Bollywood. His films portray unsettling issues
and grey characters in an unabashed style. He deftly handles the underbelly and
unsavory details in his realistic crime dramas.