India is a land enriched with ethnic and cultural diversity. The diversity, ethnicity, and culture can all be significantly seen in Bollywood movies produced throughout the year. Indian cinema has gained a lot since its inception. The directors who have produced legendary and evergreen movies are still applauded for their tremendous and marvelous work. However, since female directors or filmmakers have come to this front, they have significantly redefined the Indian Cinema. Many female directors in the Bollywood industry have achieved a lot with their hard work and dedication. 

In this article, you will get a glimpse of the top 5 female directors who have revolutionized Indian Cinema with their remarkable contributions to the industry. Without much ado, let’s get started. 


5 Indian Female Film Directors who revolutionized the Indian Cinema

Though there are many prominent female directors in Bollywood, we will talk about the top 5 ones, who will inspire you for sure. Let’s go through the list given below, but make sure not to skip the list. 


English Vinglish

  • Gauri Shinde 

English Vinglish- a movie that can hardly be missed! This critically acclaimed movie of Bollywood was a revolution in itself. Thanks to Gauri Shinde for giving us a beautiful story of a woman who enjoys making Indian sweets. However, due to frequent mocking from her family for her broken English, she gets herself enrolled in an English Academy in London. The film teaches us that your intelligence isn’t proven by the language you speak. 


Gully Boy

  • Zoya Akhtar 

Who doesn’t know about the famous film director Zoya Akhtar? She is the daughter of prominent lyricist and scriptwriter, Javed Akhtar and the sister of well-known film actor, Farhan Akhtar. Zoya has made her name in the industry by directing top-class films. Her famous masterpieces include Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dil Dhadakne Do and Gully Boy, to name a few. She has been the pride of her family and has become one of the best female directors in Bollywood. 


  • Meghna Gulzar 

Meghna Gulzar is a famous writer, director and producer, who is known for producing great films such as Talvar (2015), Raazi (2018), and Chhapaak (2020). The Talvar movie established her as a director, but Raazi is explicitly her most delicate work of all time. She is the daughter of the legendary writer, director and poet Gulzar and began her career as a freelance writer for the Times of India. Megha is a very good writer, which can be seen in her films. 

The Japanese Wife

  • Aparna Sen 

A famous screenwriter, actor, and director, Aparna Sen is renowned for her work, especially in Bengali Cinema. She has won many awards for producing the best films, including Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Sati, The Japanese Wife, 15 Park Avenue, and many more. Her films speak of her work, and she is one of the highly-decorated female directors in Bollywood.

Water Movie

  1. Deepa Mehta 

Deepa Mehta is an Indo-Canadian screenwriter, director and producer, known for her courageous films. She boldly depicts topics of human rights and social injustice in her films. Deepa has consistently given breathtaking films, which is evident from the awards and accolades her films have received at numerous international platforms. She is famous for her masterpiece “Elements Trilogy”- Fire (1996), Earth (1998) and Water (2005). 

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