Bollywood boasts of some of the most talented names in various fields, be it actors, writers, producers or choreographers. All of these individuals have brought immense appreciation to the industry and have wowed the audiences with their captivating performances, gripping stories, the overall quality of the film and the jaw-dropping dance moves.
A director is said to be the captain of the ship called film and it is his vision that the actors blindly follow and try to live up to his imagination onscreen. The final result that the audiences watch is the director’s take on the writer’s script and these directors try to juggle between different genres so as to challenge their creativity.
Here are 8 Bollywood directors who have directed films in different genres and tasted success:
1- Kabir Khan
He has successfully directed films in 3 different genres namely action, thriller and comedy-drama. His Ek Tha Tiger featuring Salman Khan was a blockbuster and so was Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the comedy-drama brimming with human emotions. His film New York starring Katrina Kaif and John Abraham was a successful thriller.
2- Ashutosh Gowariker
He has given 2 of the most successful films in genres of historical romance and epic sports-drama. The 2001 film Lagaan starring Aamir Khan is regarded as one of the greatest Hindi films of all time and Jodhaa Akbar was highly appreciated critically as well as commercially.
3- Neeraj Pandey
He has directed 4 films to date in Bollywood and all of his 4 films have been successful. He has dabbled in genres of action, thriller, heist, spy, and sports-biopic with films like A Wednesday, Baby, Special 26 and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. His gritty direction style is always praised and he is one of the best directors in the Industry today.
4- Sanjay Leela Bhansali
The visionary filmmaker has delivered some of the biggest films in Bollywood in different genres. Almost all of his films boast of grand production budget and set designs. he is known to extract great performances from his actors. He has directed films in genres like romance, drama, historical-romance, and crime drama and all of the films have tasted box office success.
5- Anurag Kashyap
Anurag Kashyap is a filmmaker who’s in a league of his own. With a certain type of audience, his movies explore a different set of genres too, which he undoubtedly excels in. Majorly revolving around thrill, crime, and politics, his films make for a delightful watch, for the right kind of audience of course.
6- Sooraj Barjatya
He makes family drama movies. Somr of his successful movies are Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo.
7- Indra Kumar
The veteran director has given successful films in genres of romance, comedy, and sex-comedies. FIlms like Raja, Ishq, Masti, Dhamaal and Great Grand Masti have been hugely successful.
8- Nitesh Tiwari
The director has directed successful critically acclaimed films in the kid-friendly genre and has directed the highest ever grossing Indian film, the Aamir Khan starrer Dangal which was a biopic sports-drama.