Indians settled in abroad have been able to carve a successful niche for themselves and their country in varied fields. While we are most famous for our IT competence, we are also well-known for our achievements in the creative sphere. Filmmaking, for instance. Besides the technical knowhow, this art requires another level of creative talent. And while we have been treated to some quality cinema by some of the most celebrated filmmakers in Bollywood over the years, there have been those who left the Indian shores behind to hit a few out of the park and receive global recognition for their work in film industries overseas.
Here's a look at some of the most famous Indian-origin foreign directors whose work has been appreciated globally.
An Indian-American filmmaker from New York, Mira Nair is a director par excellence. Her very first feature film, Salaam Bombay was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988. Her movies mostly reflect the cultural and social aspects of the society. She has many acclaimed films to her credit like Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake.
Gurinder Chadha, a London-based filmmaker, is known for films like Bend It Like Beckham, Bride & Prejudice, The Mistress of Spices and so on. No doubt she portrays some of the most stereotypical aspects of the Indian society but has been successful in also exploring the struggles of an Indian raised in the city of London.
Her films travel all around the world getting screened in major film festivals while winning accolades. She is a transnational filmmaker who dares to create work that is courageous and also visually striking. Deepa Mehta’s focus on sensitive issues have made her direct great artworks in the form of the Elemental Trilogy – Earth, Fire and Water.
M. Night Shyamalan
You can’t miss this name when you talk about Hollywood films. Most of us remember the thrilling experience that was The Sixth Sense. The brain behind this epic horror story was none other than M. Night Shyamalan, who knew he wanted to be a filmmaker since he was eight.
He is a budding filmmaker but this Indian-origin American director is already a part of the Hollywood fraternity with his movies Immortals and Mirror Mirror. Prior to his big break into Hollywood, he directed several music videos and commercials for certain big brands.