As we know that without a good director a movie can not be hit. The director is one of the most important person behind the success of a movie. This is the reason why directors get paid very high. Today we will talk about top Bollywood directors who are earning very high in 2018. Meanwhile in this post, Top 10 About is going to reveal a list of top 10 highest paid Bollywood directors 2018. The Bollywood directors shortlisted here are ranked as per their net worth and total income. If we have missed any of highest paid directors of Bollywood, you can give your suggestion in comment section along with details.
Top 10 Highest Paid Bollywood Directors 2018
10. Mohit Suri
Mohit Suri is an Indian film director who is most known for his films Kalyug(2005) and Awarapan(2007). His well known Bollywood directed films are Aashiqui 2(2013) and Ek Villan(2014). Till date Mohit Suri has approximately earned 120+ crores in his commercial success movies. Before being a highest paid Bollywood director, Mohit Suri worked as an official assistant of T-series, and as an assistant director to Vikram Bhatt. He started his career as an assistant director and made his debut as a director with the 2005 film Zeher, which was a moderate success. Following this film he has given us many Bollywood films which were hits and super hits.
Mohit Suri Directed All Bollywood Films: Zeher (2005), Kalyug (2005), Woh Lamhe (2006), Awarapan (2007), Raaz – The Mystery Continues (2009), Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad (2010), Murder 2 (2011), Aashiqui 2 (2013), Ek Villain (2014), Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015).
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Another highest paid director who truly deserve to be occupied in this list of top 10 highest paid Bollywood directors 2018 is Priyadarshan Sonam Nair. Priyadarshan Sonam Nair is a National Award winning Indian Film director, producer and screenwriter. Priyadarshan has directed over 90 films in several Indian languages. He has been active in Bollywood during 2001-2010. He has done almost 26 Bollywood films alone. He is known for his movies like Hera Pheri, Hungama, Garam Masala, Bhagam Bhag, Hulchal, Chup Chup Ke and Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Many famous actors have played a role in his movies as all his movies are family movies and most of them are comedy movies. He has directed many Malayalam movies and Tamil movies as well. For every hit he easily earns up to 100 crores.
Priyadarshan Directed All Bollywood Films: Muskurahat (1992), Gardish (1993), Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1997), Virasat (1998), Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1998), Kabhi Na Kabhi (1998), Hera Pheri (2000), Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (2001), Hungama (2003), Hulchul (2004), Garam Masala (2005), Kyon Ki (2005), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Dhol (2007), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008), Billu (2009), De Dana Dan (2009), Bumm Bumm Bole (2010), Khatta Meetha (2010), Aakrosh (2010), Tezz (2012), Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal (2012), Rangrezz (2013).
8. Karan Johar
Karan Johar is the most famous director of Indian film industry. He even owns his own Production Company named as ‘Dharma Productions’. He is often known as KJo. Apart from being a famous and high paid Bollywood director, he is also a producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and a television personality. Karan Johar made his directional debut with the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, for which he earned a Filmfare award for best director and screenplay.
After that his many movies were a successful blockbuster which earned him fame in both India and worldwide. Along with the several successful films he has produced under Dharma Productions, have established him one of the leading director-producer in Hindi Cinema. Therefore he is listed in the list of highest paid Bollywood directors 2018.
Karan Johar Directed All Bollywood Films: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), My Name Is Khan (2010),Student of the Year (2012),Bombay Talkies (2012), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016).
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7. Yash Chopra
Well known director of Indian film industry Late Mr. Yash Raj Chopra was born on 27th September 1932 in Lahore, Punjab Province. He died in 2012 due to Dengue Fever. Yash chopra began his career as an assistant director to I. S. Johar and elder brother B. R. Chopra. He made his directional debut with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959.
Full of zeal the Chopra brothers made several more movies together during the late fifties and sixties. Chopra founded and was the chairman of the motion picture production and distribution company Yash Raj Films. He came to known as “King of Romance” of the Indian cinema. He has bagged many awards including Padma Bhushan in 2005.
Yash Chopra Directed All Bollywood Films: Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Dharmputra (1961), Waqt (1965), Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969), Ittefaq (1969), Daag (1973), Joshila (1973), Deewaar (1975), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Trishul (1978), Kaala Patthar (1979), Silsila (1981), Mashaal (1984), Faasle (1985), Vijay (1988), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), Parampara (1992), Darr (1993), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Veer-Zaara (2004), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).
6. Rakesh Roshan
Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath, better known as Rakesh Roshan is an Indian film producer, director and former actor in Bollywood films. He has appeared in 84 films throughout in 1970s, 1980s, till 1989. He is the father of the well-known Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan. He achieved fame for directing films beginning with the letters ‘K’ since 1987.
His notable work is Khudgarz, Khoon Bhari Maang, Kishen Kanhaiya, Karan Arjun, Kaho Naa… Pyaar hai…, Koi… Mil Gaya and Krrish. He won the filmfare award for the best director for several movies. He has given so many commercially super hits Bollywood films. So he definitely had to be in top 10 list of highest paid directors of Bollywood 2018.
Rakesh Roshan Directed All Bollywood Films: Khudgarz (1987), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Kala Bazaar (1989), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), Khel (1992), King Uncle (1993), Karan Arjun (1995), Koyla (1997), Karobaar: The Business of Love (2000), Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000), Koi Mil Gaya (2003), Krrish (2006), Krrish 3 (2013).
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5. Farhan Akhtar & Zoya Akhtar
Zoya Khatar and Farhan Akhtar are both Indian film director and screenwriter. Zoya Akhtar made her debut as a director with the movie Luck By Chance (2009). She directed a commercially successful film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and won a filmfare award for it. Farhan Akhtar started his career in Bollywood by working as an assistant director in Lamhe (1991). Farhan Akhtar made his directional debut with Dil Chahta Hai (2001). Apart from being a high paid Bollywood director he is also a writer. He started his acting career in the movie Rock On!! (2008). He has directed Don and Don 2 which was commercially super hit.
Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar Directed All Bollywood Films: Bombay Boys (1998), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Lakshya (2004), Don (2006), Positive (2007), Don 2 (2011).
4. Arbaz Khan
Arbaz Khan is an Indian Film director, actor and a producer. Arbaz Khan Productions launched with the movie Dabangg (2010), in which he starred as the younger brother of his real-life brother Salman Khan. He has also won the National Film Award for the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. He has made many beautiful movies for which he has won many different awards. Currently, he is holding worth of 300 crores as a Bollywood director. Thus he is on the 4th position in the list of top 10 highest paid Bollywood directors 2018.
Arbaz Khan Directed All Bollywood Films: Dabangg 2 (2012).
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3. Raj Kumar Hirani
Raj Kumar Hirani is one of the most successful Bollywood director of all time as well as highest paid Bollywood directors of 2018. Raj Kumar Hirani is a film director and film editor of Hindi film including Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006), 3 Idiots (2009) and PK (2014). He has won total 11 Filmfare awards. All these Bollywood films were Box office blockbuster especially 3 Idiots and PK. PK has earned total Rs. 792 crores world wide.
Raj Kumar Hirani Directed All Bollywood Films: Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), 3 Idiots (2009), PK (2014).
2. Rohit Shetty
Rohit Shetty is an Indian film director and a cinematographer. His work as a filmmaker include the films like Golmaal, Golmaal Returns, Golmaal 3, singham, Bol Bacchan, Singham Returns, Chennai Express and Dilwale. He started his career at the age of 17 as an assistant director with Kuku Kohli during Phool Aur Kaante. Similarly, he has assisted many more directors to gain experience and then start directing of his own movies. Now he is the second most earning directors of Bollywood.
Rohit Shetty Directed All Bollywood Films: Zameen (2003), Golmaal (2006), Sunday (2008), Golmaal Returns (2008), All The Best: Fun Begins (2009), Golmaal 3 (2010), Singham (2011), Bol Bachchan (2012), Chennai Express (2013), Singham Returns (2014), Dilwale (2015), Golmaal Again (2017).
1. Kabir Khan
Kabir Khan is an Indian film Director, screenwriter and cinematographer. He started his career working in documentary films and then made his feature film directional debut in 2006 with Kabul Express which was followed by New York (2009), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), and Phantom (2015).
Kabir Khan started his career at the age of 25 as a cinematographer for the Discovery Channel documentary film ‘Beyond the Himalayas’. Then he made his own directional debut with the documentary The Forgotten Army. After that he has contributed many best movies to the Indian Film Industry and has earned over 400+ crores. This is the only reason why he is on the top of the list of highest paid Bollywood directors 2018.
Kabir Khan Directed All Bollywood Films: Kabul Express (2006), New York (2009), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), Phantom (2015), Tubelight (2017).