The director of a movie is like the captain of a ship and he is the one who decides how smooth the sail is going to be. A film is basically the director’s idea executed on the big screen with artists that he thinks are capable of displaying the apt expression.
A director’s job is certainly not easy and it requires a lot of time and effort to make a movie reach its final destination. It is the director who ensures that the film is made so well that audiences keep on coming and buying tickets to watch the film.
There are a few director siblings who are responsible for some of the most iconic films we have in Bollywood today. Now, when we say iconic, it includes both- good and bad. There are a few great director sibling pairs, who have actually given us a few great films. Which makes us think that is there a gene for storytelling that runs in their families? We think that probably, there is.
1- Abbas & Mustan Burmawalla
Let’s start with the most iconic pair of siblings director- Abbas and Mustan. To make an effective thriller is not easy but the formidable duo have been making films in this genre for long and have given hits like ‘Baazigar’, ‘Ajnabee’, ‘Aitraaz’ and ‘Race’ among others.
2- Zoya & Farhan Akhtar
It won’t be wrong to say that talent runs in the Akhtar family’s blood. While elder sister Zoya Akhtar has cemented her name as a filmmaker with critically-acclaimed flicks and web-series such as Luck By Chance, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and Made in Heaven, brother Farhan is Bollywood’s quintessential all-rounder, having donned the hat of a director, actor, writer, singer and producer, all fabulously. We genuinely wish we could see Farhan in the director’s chair, more often.
3- Anurag & Abhinav Kashyap
The ultimate rebel of Indian cinema, Anurag Kashyap has been the catalyst which proved instrumental in ushering in a new generation of bold and unflinchingly honest filmmakers. Each of his films deals with complex ideas while leaving behind a commentary on the contemporary world. Gangs Of Wasseypur, Paanch, Black Friday, Gulaal, Raman Raghav 2.0- with each movie Kashyap has brought forth an uncanny freshness to Bollywood.
Abhinav Kashyap on the other hand, reimagined the ‘Cop Film’ as a genre, with Dabanng. Sadly though, his next and final directorial venture, Besharam was a disaster. However, if we see the scripts that he has written since then, we’re pretty sure that he will do well when he finally gets to sit in the director’s chair.
4- Farah Khan Kunder & Sajid Khan
Farah Khan as a director has sort of perfected the formula of a masala family entertainer, which, in spite of being a little over the top, were genuinely liked by the audience. Sajid Khan, on the other hand, has mastered how to make a senseless comedy.
5- Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bela Bhansali Sehgal
No filmmaker has tapped into the Indian fetish for melodrama and grandiose as well as Bhansali has. With lavish set designs, huge song and dance sequences, and emotionally heavy stories, Bhansali has managed to perfect the conventional Indian film palette to something more palpable and beautiful. You may love him or hate him, but you sure can’t ignore his influence.
His sister, Bela Sehgal, is also a director. Her directorial debut, Shirin Farhad Ki To Nikal Padi was actually a great rom-com film, which had a poignant story. Unfortunately, it did not do well at the box office.
6- Rohit & Hriday Shetty
It goes without saying that Rohit Shetty is one of the most sought-after directors in Bollywood. He is known for his action dramas that somehow always make well over 100-150 Crores.
Hriday’s filmography is rather different. They aren’t exactly parallel cinema, and neither are they mainstream films – they’re a hybrid of some sort. His filmography has titles like Chaalis Chauraasi, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Kay Kay Menon and Ravi Kishan, Pyaar Mein Twist starring Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia, among a few others.
7- Yash Raj Chopra & Baldev Raj Chopra
Yash Chopra and BR Chopra have been instrumental in shaping the symbolism of Indian cinema across the globe. Popularly known as the ‘King of Romance’ for his string of hit romantic films spanning over a five-decade career, Yash Chopra redefined drama and romance onscreen. If you look at their respective filmographies, you’ll see names that have not only shaped Bollywood, but also how they have defined how we consume visual entertainment.
8- Imtiaz, Sajid, & Arif Ali
The renaissance man of Indian romance, Imtiaz Ali throughout his career has successfully managed to bring unbridled realism and authenticity back to romantic cinema while tackling unconventional stories. A man of unrestrained passion, Imtiaz has continued to grow with each of his films and a true masterpiece from him isn’t far away.
His brothers, Arif Ali & Sajid Ali are also directors. Arif is also an accomplished screenwriter and has worked on a number of notable projects.