India is a country with a very rich cinematic history. For many years, the films made in India have caught the attention of people at home and abroad as well. At times, a film that doesn’t do well in India, will be warmly received in foreign countries and especially film festivals. We have even seen instances of Hollywood being inspired by Indian films. Over the years, there have been many directors who have left a mark in the international scene. While some have been successful for many years, others are gaining recognition slowly but surely.
The reasons for these directors succeeding are quite varied. Whether they make a film in India or elsewhere, they always ensure that they leave their stamp on their work. It is perhaps this common thread that is present in the filmography of these filmmakers. The ten in this list have created unique films, that continue to enthrall the viewer even today. Some of the films from these masters has stood the test of time and are considered to be relevant in today’s world as well. So here is the list of 10 Indian directors who attained international acclaim and got famous outside India.
10. Rituparno Ghosh
One of the most acclaimed directors of India who left us all too soon. Ghosh was a celebrated figure in the film world. During his career, he was making films that not many people were willing to try. His films are characterized by the tenderness with which he deals with his characters. There is no judgement on the part of the director as it seems like he is fascinated with these people we see on screen. A noteworthy and appreciable aspect of his films especially the later ones, is the exploration of homosexuality and gender. In fact, very few filmmakers in India can claim to have women characters as strong, important and impressive as Ghosh had. A lot of his films found appreciation in foreign markets as well. This led to him being recognized by a lot of film festivals in particular. The impact he has made through is work will continue to influence the directors of the future.