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Tamil Directors Who Entered Bollywood

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Tamil film industry has produced some renowned filmmakers in its close to 100 years history. Our directors have been recognised at national level as they have worked and tasted success in India's biggest film industry, Bollywood.

CV Sridhar and LV Prasad are credited to be the early filmmakers from Tamil to have got appreciation in Hindi films. The talents from here have not restricted themselves to Bollywood rather moved out of comfort zone and made it big. Here, we bring you the list of prominent directors from Kollywood, who entered Hindi films.

CV Sridhar

CV Sridhar had directed films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. He had made his Bollywood debut in 1956 with Bhaai Bhaai. He had worked in more than 10 Hindi films.


Directors duo Krishnan-Panju directed above 50 movies of which eight movies where from Bollywood. They entered Hindi films with Bhabhi in 1957.

LV Prasad

Multifaceted LV Prasad had forayed into Bollywood films in 60s. His first directorial Hindi movie was Miss Marry in 1957.

A Bhimsingh

Multifaceted A Bhimsingh had worked as director, producer, editor and writer in Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Telugu films. His first Hindi movie was Aai Phirse Bahar in 1960.

P Bharathiraja

P Bharathiraja made his Bollywood debut with Solva Sawan in 1979.

K Bhagyaraj

After making it big in Tamil films, K Bhagyaraj ventured into Bollywood with Aakhri Raaste, the remake of Bharathiraja's Oru Kaidhiyin Diary, in 1986.

Balu Mahendra

Balu Mahendra was probably one director, who got success in all the film industries that he worked. He entered Bollywood with Sadma, which is remembered as a classic.

Mani Ratnam

Among the current-generation filmmakers, it was Mani Ratnam, who made it big in Bollywood. After working in a series of hit Tamil movies, he made his debut in Bollywood with Roja. Since then, he has worked in many hit films like Bombay, Dil Se, Yuva, Guru etc.


Maverick filmmaker Shankar made his Bollywood debut with The Gentleman. His Nayak and Endhiran - The Robot were commercial hits. Most of his Tamil flicks have been dubbed in Hindi.

Kamal Hassan

Actor and director Kamal Hassan made his Bollywood directorial debut with Chachi 420. His Hey Ram was one of the big-budget movies of Hindi films in 2000.

Gautham Menon

Gautham Menon ventured into Bollywood with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, the remake of Minnale. The Bollywood flick was a hit. He also remade his Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa as Ekk Deewana Tha, which failed at Box Office.


Priyadarshan, who is basically a Malayalam director, has worked in Kollywood too. He has also worked with many big stars' films in Bollywood. His popular Hindi movies are Hera Pheri, Hulchul, Bhool Bhulaiyaa etc.

Prabhu Deva

Choreographer and actor Prabhu Deva entered Bollywood with Wanted, a remake of Tamil hit movie Pokkiri. His most successful Hindi film till date is Rowdy Rathore.

AR Murugadoss

AR Murugadoss remade his South superhit movie Ghajini in Hindi with the same name starring Aamir Khan. It not only became a blockbuster but turned out to be the first Indian movie to reach the 100-crore-collection mark at Domestic Box Office.

KS Ravikumar

KS Ravikumar entered Bollywood movie Policegiri starring Sanjay Dutt. But the movie bombed at Box Office.

Susi Ganeshan

Susi Ganeshan entered Bollwood with Shortcut Romeo. But the film did not live up to audience expectations.

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