Indians are always gripped by the fever of Bollywood. Some of the dialogues are immortal and remain alive for generations. A Bollywood movie may last for three hours only but remains in our mind for days together. Director of the movie plays a vital role in managing the whole unit and movie.
From the point of creation of the story, selection of the actors, marketing, and distribution, and till the release of the movie, a director has to take a lot of things into consideration. Not only the actors take away the major chunk of money but the directors also get paid well. Below is the list of top 9 highest paid directors in India 2021:
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- 9. Farhan Akhtar (INR 4 crores)
- 8. Kabir Khan (INR 8 crores)
- 7. Mohit Suri (INR 8.3 crores)
- 6. Mani Ratnam (INR 9 crores)
- 5. Rakesh Roshan (INR 100 crores collection for Kaabil)
- 4. Karan Johar (INR 10 crores)
- 3. Rajkumar Hirani (INR 10 crores)
- 2. Rohit Shetty (INR 25 crores)
- 1. SS Rajamouli (INR 100 crores)
9. Farhan Akhtar (INR 4 crores)
Not only a director but also a good actor, Farhan Akhtar has come a long way after Dil Chahta Hai. His debut directorial movie was much liked by the younger generation and was also applauded for creating a new wave in Indian cinema. The audience also liked his performance in “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”. Apart from directing and acting, he is also a good singer and lyricist. He had worked with many experienced actors like Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Arjun Rampal and many others. His upcoming movie as a director will be Don 3. Farhan’s stories brew a fresh delight for the Indian audience.
8. Kabir Khan (INR 8 crores)
The man, who had directed blockbuster movies by casting Salman Khan, is a well-known figure now in Bollywood. He entered Bollywood as a director in the year 2006 with Kabul Express. Mini Mathur, a famous TV anchor is the wife of Kabir Khan. They have two children and are happily married. Some of his other favorite actors who have acted in his films are Katrina Kaif, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kareena Kapoor and others. Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijan, which were directed by Kabir Khan, were able to rock the box office.
7. Mohit Suri (INR 8.3 crores)
Ek Villian director is a magician in crafting a romantic and murder mystery. He has introduced many new actors to Bollywood like Udita Goswami and Neha Sharma. His charges have increased after the success of Ek Villian. The recent movie directed by Mohit Suri was Half Girlfriend. Apart from directing good movies, his films are also well known for scintillating music. Kalyug, Awaarapan, Aashiqui 2 and Murder 3 are some of his hit movies. His directorial debut in Bollywood was made with movie Zeher in 2005. He is related to Bhatt family and is married to Udita Goswami. Mohit Suri is one of the promising Bollywood directors who have a huge fan following in India and abroad.
6. Mani Ratnam (INR 9 crores)
An internationally acclaimed writer is well known for making Hindi and Tamil language movies. Gopala Ratnam Subramanium or Mani Ratnam is not only an excellent director but also a producer and screenwriter. Some of his famous Bollywood movies are Dil Se, Roja, and Bombay. An experienced director, winner of many national awards; has set a new bar for other directors. He is married to a Tamil actress, Suhasini. They have one child and are happily married since 1988. An entrepreneurial based film made by Mani Ratnam in the year 2007, Guru was appreciated by many film critics. He had also worked with famous actors like Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Manisha Koirala and Abhishek Bachan.
5. Rakesh Roshan (INR 100 crores collection for Kaabil)
Rakesh Roshan, a veteran actor but a famous director, who gave the Indian audience a superhero. His movies like Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish and respective sequels were able to rock the box office. Apart from science fiction, he also directs movies with themes like crime thriller, comedy, romance, drama and others. His recent movie as a producer was Kaabil and received a warm welcome from the critics. He was also successful in launching the acting career of his son Hrithik Roshan. Krissh 4 is his upcoming movie as a director.
4. Karan Johar (INR 10 crores)
This name is emotionally attached with many Indian audiences. Some of his hit movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai have made a place in our hearts. The tunes, dialogues, and emotions are still echoing in our ears. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was his first directorial debut movie, which was released in the year 1998. The king of romantic movies, Karan Johar knows the secret to connecting with audience emotions. Most of his films are made in outdoor locations like in USA and UK. Even the music in his movies is timeless and is perfect for a romantic environment. Apart from direction, he had acted in few movies and has also helped many new directors by producing their movies.
3. Rajkumar Hirani (INR 10 crores)
A down to earth director who has directed many blockbuster movies like Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, 3 idiots, and PK. In the year 2003, Rajkumar Hirani directed his first movie Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Before being famous as a director in Bollywood industry, he was famous in the advertisement industry. He began his career in Bollywood movies as an editor and was able to climb the ladder to establish himself as a director. He had worked with giants of Bollywood like Sanjay Dutt and Aamir Khan. He is also referred as the blockbuster producing machine in Hindi film industry. His next venture is a biopic movie made on the life of actor Sanjay Dutt.
2. Rohit Shetty (INR 25 crores)
One of the highest paid directors in Hindi film industry. With many blockbuster movies in his bucket list like Golmaal series, Chennai Express, and Singham series, he is able to make a mark in the Bollywood industry. His movies are not only famous for flying cars but also for sensual comedy and power packed performances. He had worked with big names of Bollywood like Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Mithun Chakraborty and others. Zameen is his directorial debut movie in the year 2003. He rose to fame after directing the comedy sequels on Golmaal.
1. SS Rajamouli (INR 100 crores)
At the top or the highest paid director in India is SS Rajamouli. He had been successful in defining movie making with a different angle and his latest movie Baahubali was able to break all records at the box office. Even the sequel to Baahubali has been released and is able to cross 100 crores mark before the third-day screening of the movie. The director is appreciated by audiences in India and abroad. His latest sequel break all the records of box office.
The above list gives us an insight into the highest paid directors in India in 2021. Many directors are competing in the box office; the list may change within few months. Apart from the names mentioned above, there are other great names like Yash Chopra, Aditya Chopra, and Zoya Akhtar. But to create the above list of nine highest paid directors in India utmost precision was taken into consideration. Not only the actors but the directors should also be given equal credit for the success of a movie. Next time you watch a movie; don’t forget to read the name of the director.