The film industry is a melting pot of talent, with directors of many genres finding their niche and making a name for themselves. There are directors whose names are now synonymous with these types of films, from thrillers to period dramas, female-centric films to social dramas. The directors who have excelled in some of Bollywood‘s most popular genres are listed below.
Lipstick Under My Burqa was a ground-breaking film at the time, a masterwork that examined the many dimensions of women in a fresh way. After that, the film was nominated for a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film. Alankrita, a Jamia Millia Islamia alumna, has used her narrative talent to portray the sides of women that are rarely seen on TV. Bombay Begum, her Netflix series, was another successful venture for her.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali:
Consider grandeur and panache on screen, colours, and a wonderful story amidst it all; that’s Sanjay Leela Bhansali for you. His specialty is period dramas, and every one he’s done so far has been nothing but a joy to watch. From Padmavati to Bajirao Mastani, Devdas to the upcoming Gangubai Kathiawadi, each film brings to life a previously unknown era. The costumes, music, character portrayals, and the delicacy with which he weaves them all together into one wholesome affair are a treat for audiences who have come to associate his work with era celebration.
Consider rural India’s bravado, the gangs that dominate people and shoot on sight, and you’ll think of Anurag Kashyap. Anurag Kashyap has presented a perspective of India from its very heart in films like Black Friday and Gangs of Wasseypur. While Bollywood has highlighted this part of India, Anurag Kashyap upped the ante with his research and character portrayals. His dark thrillers have spawned a new genre in Bollywood, as well as a fan base that eagerly awaits his work on screen or online.
Social dramas bring to light important concerns that are frequently not discussed, or if they are, they remain hidden within the group of individuals who are affected. Through his works, Anubhav Sinha has often addressed numerous challenges plaguing the country. From highlighting a woman’s rights in Thappad to bringing out the aspect of communal cohabitation in Mulk, Anubhav has educated the country through his films.
Sujoy Ghosh’s works are notable for building suspense. He won’t let you blink since you’re curious about what happens at the conclusion. The crowd kept riveted to their seats from Kahani to Teen because he won’t let you predict who the killer is. That is his strong suit. He enjoys inducing an adrenaline surge in his audience until the very end. Sujoy has made numerous unique films throughout the years with offbeat stories that have received critical recognition and admiration.
Last but not least, the list would be incomplete without a mention of Meghna Gulzar’s work as a filmmaker. Her forte is real-life stories about what is going on in the world. Every one of her films, from Hu Tu Tu to Chappak and Raazi, depicts the everyday life of an Indian person and the challenges that they face. She brought to life the shocking case of Arushi murder and the sorrow of the parents while highlighting the trauma and fight of an acid victim in Chappak. Meghna is known for making films that tell stories that need to be told. Many such stories would have stayed untold if it hadn’t been for her efforts.