Bollywood has become one of the huge film industries in the world today and they are even producing more films than its close competitor Hollywood in the recent years. The person behind a film artistic, who visualises the script, guides the technical crew and actors, and directs the dramatic aspect of a film is one of the most important key member in the making of a film. This is the person who chooses the cast members, has a role in production design of a film, and gives overall direction to all cast members and crew in order to realise the primary vision.

Many directors in the film industry started either as screenwriters, an actor, film editor, cinematographer, or just went to a professional film director schools. Surprisingly not many people know these key personnel’s who make the film successful, because most of the time they tend to be behind the scenes and they are not visible in the film. Here are the top 10 most successful Bollywood directors in 2019.

10. Rakesh Roshan

Most Successful Bollywood Directors 2019One of the key figures in Bollywood is none other than Rakesh Roshan who was quit famous as a former actor in 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. As an actor he has appeared in more than 85 films such as Seema 1971, Pyaara Dushman 1980, Akele Hum Akele Tum 1995 among many others.

Rakesh apart from being an actor and a notable director he is also a producer as well. He has produced films under the banner Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd such as Khoon Bhari Maang 1988, King Uncle 1993, Krrish 3 2013, Kaabil 2017 among others. Some of the films Rakesh Roshan has directed are Kala Bazaar ,1989, King Uncle 1993, Koi Mil Gaya 2003, Krrish 2006 Krrish 3 2013 among many others.

9. Yash chopra

Most Successful Bollywood DirectorHe might be no more but yash has been a legend who has immortalized himself by directing one of the most famous and even today holds the position one in popularity in the category of romantic movies “Dil Wale Dulhania Le Jayenge”. He started his career as an assistant director to his elder brother B.R.Chopra and directed his first film “Dhool ka phool”1959.

His success came as a result of a successful drama “Waqt” 1965, and in 6 years he founded Yah Raj Film Production Company. Some of the films he directed are “Chandni”, “Lamhe”, “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”, among many others. He is the founder of motion pictures production and Distribution Company.

8. Priyadarshan

Most Successful Bollywood DirectorOne of the best screen writers, a director and a producer as well with over 100 films both in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu language is Priyadarshan. He has set a record in Bollywood for making 26 films in Hindi language all by himself which is a big achievement for a Bollywood Director. He is very popular in the genre of comedy, although he has done a few films in action and thriller genres.

Some of the films he has directed are Chithram, Mithunam, Thalavattam, Kanchivaram, Tabu, Paresh Rawal, among many others. Due to his contribution towards the arts he has been honored by the government of India with Padma Shri, and other accolades as well. In addition to wealth from films he has been engaged with endorsement deals with major companies such as Coca Cola, American Express, Parker Pens, and Nokia among others.

7. Rajkumar Hirani

Most Successful Bollywood DirectorOne of the best directors Bollywood has and a skilled film editor who has made a name for himself is Rajkumar Hirani. Maybe you haven’t watched a film “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003)” but this was his breakthrough film to success and moreover it was one of the best-selling film making Rs.25 million in Indian market alone.

Other hit movies directed by Rajkumar and probably you have watched due to their popularity in India and overseas markets and the fact that they kept the record for becoming the highest grossing Indian films in history are “3 Idiots”, “Lage Raho”, “PK” among others. His success in these four films has made him win 11 Filmfare Awards and 4 National Film Awards among many other accolades.

6. Mohit Suri

Most Successful Bollywood DirectorMohit career started as an assistant director and directed an average film in relation to commercial success in 2005 “Zeher”.later on he directed two of best successful films in relation to commercial success that have built a name for him till date the “Kalyug” 2005 and “Awarapan” 2005. Other films he has directed are Who Lamhe 2006, Raaz-the mystery continues 2009, Ek Villain 2014, Murder 2 2011, Aashiqui 2 2013, Hamari Adhuri Kahani 2015 among others.

5. Arbaz Khan

Most Successful Bollywood DirectorBollywood industry has been over the years ruled by Khans who have made a name for themselves. However Arbaz khan is not as successful as the other Khans but still he has made a significant impact in the industry. His wealth juggles between being a Bollywood producer, actor and a director as well. His most successful work was with Arbaaz Khan Productions when he produced the second highest grossing Bollywood film of all time the “Dabangg” in 2010.

Due to the success of the film “Dabangg” he received several accolades such as 2010: BIG Star Most Entertaining Film, 2011: ETC Bollywood Business Awards for Most Successful Producer, Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards for Best Debutante Producer Award, AXN Action Award for Best Action Film among others. Arbaz directorial career debut was in 2012 after releasing sequel Dabangg 2.

4. Karan Johar

Most Successful Bollywood DirectorThe son of the acclaimed producer Yash Johar grew up to be a screenwriter, television personality, costume designer, producer, an actor as well as a director. His directorial career debut started back in 1998 with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which not only won him a filmfare award of the Best Director but also Best Screenplay.

Other films that have won him a Filmfare Award or an accolade of any nature are “My Name Is Khan” 2010, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil 2016, Student of the Year 2012, Bombay Talkies 2013, among others. Under the Dharma banner Karan Johar has also produced several hit movies such as 2 States 2014, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania 2014 and Kapoor & Sons 2016, I Hate Luv Storys 2010 among others.

3. Kabir Khan

Most Successful Bollywood DirectorHe is one of the best directors Bollywood has today. He started off his career as a cinematographer for discovery channel before making a directorial debut with documentary “The forgotten Army” 1999. In 2006 he made his film directorial debut and started with the “Kabul express” 2006, New York 2009, phantom 2015 but his most successful film was Bajrangi Bhaijaan 2015 since it took the second position in the category of highest grossing Indian films globally. Apart from being a successful director he is also a film producer as well.

2. Farhan Akhtar

Most Successful Bollywood DirectorAmong the richest directors and also a man with many skills such as screen writing, producing, acting, singer, lyricist and also a television host is Farhan Akhtar. his career began in Bollywood in 1990s working as an assistant director and making two films named Lamhe 1991 and Putra 1997. After founding Excell Entertainment Production Company he started directing films and his directorial debut film was Dil Chahta Hai 2001 which won a national award. Other films he has directed are Lakshya 2004, Bride and Prejudice 2004, Don 2006, and positive 2007.

1. Rohit Shetty

Most Successful Bollywood Director

Rohit Shetty is one of the most powerful and highest paid director in the Indian film industry. His films are known to make it in the category of 100 crore club. He is held high for making some of the best films in the genres of comedy and action. Some of his films that have made him own the crown of the best director are Singham, Golmaal, Golmaal Returns, Golmaal 3,Chennal Express and Dilwale which is among the highest grossing Bollywood film globally. He is also a TV reality host in a show called “khatron Ke Khiladi” and “comedy circus”.

These directors are the reason some of the hit films you have watched and love such as” PK “among others are a success. When you watch a film don’t just give credit to the star of the film for saving the day or making you happy but remember behind the scenes there is someone who pictured and directed all this in order to give you a masterpiece work of art.


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