Despite the gradual change, female directors are still way behind male directors in Bollywood, not in quality, no, but in quantity. In fact, less than 5% of total movies are directed by women in India. Which is sad, really, given the potential they have shown in handling big mainstream projects.

To give you a rough idea of how bad things are in Bollywood industry, there’s just one female director Farah Khan who handles big budget mainstream projects. We also have talented Zoya Akhtar and Gauri Shindey who have proved their love for film making again and again. But things are gradually changing in Bollywood industry, Reema Kagti is directing a mainstream commercial movie starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role.

Here are the most famous Bollywood movies directed by Female Directors in India.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Directed by: Zoya Akhtar

Apart from being considered one of the best Bollywood movies ever, it’s also the only Bollywood movie with 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This movie was so successful that its sequel is in production right now. Take a bow, Zoya Akhtar!

Dear Zindagi (2016)

Dear Zindagi
Directed by: Gauri Shindey

Dear Zindagi deals with an issue that rarely gets talked about in Bollywood – Mental Health. With beautiful performances by Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan, it’s a feel-good movie everybody needs to watch!

A Death In The Gunj (2016)

A death in the gunj
Directed by: Konkona Sen Sharma

A Death In The Gunj is one of the most under-hyped movies of last year. This drama thriller will restore your faith in Bollywood!

English Vinglish (2012)

English Vinglish Movie
Directed by: Gauri Shinde

Starring Sridevi, it’s probably one of the most heartwarming stories we’ve seen on-screen in recent years. And again, it deals with so many important topics that most Bollywood directors usually shy away from talking about. But not Gauri Shinde, oh, no sir.

Sangharsh (1999)

Sangharsh bollyood movie
Directed by: Tanuja Chandra

If you’re a 90’s kid, there’s no friggin’ way you don’t remember this gem of a movie. Featuring that most terrifying performance by a Bollywood villain, Sangharsh scared the living crap out of us. This movie was loosely based on Hollywood’s Silence of the Lambs.

Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)

Dil Dhadakne Do Bollywood Movie
Directed by: Zoya Akhtar

Earning 150 crores at the box office, Dil Dhadakne Do is another masterpiece by Zoya Akhtar. Again, this family drama deals with a lot of important topics. It only proves that Zoya Akhtar is one of the finest directors we have right now.

Mai Hoon Naa (2004)

Mai Hoon na Bollywood movie
Directed by: Farah Khan

How can we talk about female bollywood directors and not mention Farah Khan? she’s the only female directors who does mainstream commercial Bollywood movies. She debuted with a blockbuster hit ‘Mai Hoon Na’ starring Shah Rukh Khan and Sushmita Sen. This movie is a masterpiece!

Margarita, With A Straw (2014)

Margarita with a straw bollywood movie
Directed by: Shonali Bose

Featuring Kalki Koechlin’s best performance so far, this coming of age movie beautifully captures the journey of self discovery of a differently abled person. It deals with a taboo topic which usually don’t get talked about in Bollywood.

Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012)

Talaash bollywood movie
Directed by: Reema Kagti

Starring Aamir Khan, this movie is a bliss for cinema lovers. If you haven’t watched this psychological thriller, you’re missing out on one hell of a Bollywood gem.

Dhobi Ghat (2010)

Dhobhi ghat bollywood movie
Directed by: Kiran Rao

After being the assistant director in movies like Lagaan and Swades, Kiran Rao debuted as a director with this low budget, artistic film called Dhobi Ghat. We often complain that Bollywood doesn’t experiment, well here’s a little example that it does.

Om Shaanti Om (2007)

Om Shaanti om Bollywood movie
Directed by: Farah Khan

Another Bollywood commercial blockbuster directed by Farah Khan. She’s a boss when it comes to big budget Bollywood masal films. A fun fact: Bollywood highest grossing movie ever was directed by a female director, Farah Khan.

Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017)

Qarib Qarib Singlle bollywood movie
Directed by: Tanuja Chandra

Starring Irrfan Khan in lead role, Qarib Qarib Singlle is a simple yet unique love story about two totally different people.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002),/h3>
Bend it like bekham bollywood movie
Directed: Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chaddha is one the most talented Indian directors. Her films usually explore the lives of Indians living in England and her most popular work is Bend It Like Beckham. If you’ve not watched it yet, you’re missing out on a gem.

Firaaq (2008)

Firaaq bollywood movie
Directed: Nandita Das

Starring big names like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Paresh Rawal, and Naseeruddin Shah, Firaaq is an excellent political thriller based on riots that took place in 2002.

Gold (2018)

Gold bollywood movie
Directed by: Reema Kagti

Gold is an upcoming sports drama film starring Akshay Kumar in lead role. The trailer looks good and it appeals to the mainstream audience. It’s good to see female directors leading the mainstream film projects now.

Here’s to hoping these female directors get more opportunities in the future.