8 highest paid Bollywood directors

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A director visualizes the artistic and dramatic aspects and coordinates with the cast and crew to execute his ideas in the most elegant form. He should be skilled enough to create the best out of a constrained budget. A director’s cut is what the audience experiences. 

A prudent director knows what's best for his audience and depicts a story that can be thoroughly enjoyed by them. Crafting a tale and visualizing the ideas requires handwork, dedication, and, of course, monetary push. 

So here's a list of 8 highest paid Bollywood Directors:

1) Rohit Shetty - 25 - 30 crores

Rohit Shetty charges the highest amount among Bollywood directors. He started his career as an Assistant Director. He made his debut at the age of 30 with Zameen. 

His growth ascended with Golmaal: Fun Unlimited in 2006 starring Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tushaar Kapoor, and Sharman Joshi.  He directed Chennai Express, which became the third-highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas. 

2) AR Murugadoss - 12 - 15 crores

He made his Hindi film debut in 2008 with Ghajinj starring Aamir Khan, which went on to become the first Hindi movie to gross over  100 crores domestically. 

3) Karan Johar - 10 - 15 crores

Karan Johar debuted in Bollywood with Kuch Kuch Hota hai in 1998. His next film also starred Shah Rukh Khan in the lead in the family drama Kabhi Kuch Kabhi Gham. 

His third directorial venture was Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. He has also directed My Name is Khan, Student of the Year, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. His latest project is the movie Takht based on a Mughal Era. 

4) Rajkumar Hirani - 10 - 15 crores

Rajkumar Hirani made his debut with the comedy film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S starring Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, and Boman Irani. He went to win a National Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. 

He directed Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 idiots, P.K. His latest release being Sanju, which broke all box office records to be one of the highest-grossing Indian films. 

5) Mani Ratnam - 9 crores

Mani Ratnam has been honored with Padma Shri for his contribution to the Film Industry. He is also a six-time National Award Winner. 

He made his directorial debut in Tamil cinema with Pallavi Anu Pallavi. He ventured into Bollywood with Dil se starring Shah Rukh Khan. His next film was Yuva, a political drama. He also directed Guru - the movie based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani.

6) Kabir Khan - 8 crores

Kabir Khan made his directorial debut in Bollywood with Kabul Express. He directed two more movies under the Yash Raj Banner, i.e., New York and Ek Tha Tiger. 

He also went on to direct Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Tubelight. His latest venture is with Ranveer Singh for the movie 83, a biopic on Kapil Dev. 

7) Anurag Kashyap - 8 crores

Anurag Kashyap’s film Paanch never had a theatrical release as it had many issues, as stated by the Censor Board. The censor board helps up the release of his next film Black Friday based on the 1993 Bombay bombings for two years. 

He started gaining momentum with Dev.D starring Abhay Deol. His masterpiece Gangs of Wasseypur solidified his true potential as a director. His last project, Manmarziyaan starring Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and Vicky Kaushal, was critically acclaimed. 

8) Farhan Akhtar - 4 crores

He's one of the youngest directors when it comes to the listing of highest-paid Bollywood Directors. He aced in the movie industry's multiple facets, acting, directing, producing, and singing. 

His first movie as a director was Dil Chahta Hai. Which, according to him, was the turning point of his career. He went on to direct Lakshay, Don, and Don 2. 

His production house worked on multiple projects, namely Talaash, Honeymoon Travels, Fukrey, Raaes, and Baar Baar Dekho.


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