Zoya Akhtar
1- From L - R) Bollywood actors Abhay Deol, producer Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, director Zoya Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roshan pose for a picture during a promotional event for their movie "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" (Life won't come twice) at a multiplex in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad July 8, 2011.Reuters

In the history of Indian cinema, the 2000s witnessed a turn in the Indian film arena, with the participation of women in the field of film direction. With emergence of talented women directors, the image of the male-dominated Indian cinema seems to have faded.

The promising women directors in Indian cinema are Deepa Mehta, Aparna Sen and Gurinder Chadha. They broke the stereotype of Indian cinema and brought the film industry into the international arena.

The latest brood of Bollywood female directors includes Zoya Akhtar, Kiran Rao and journalist-turned-film director, Anusha Rizvi, with their ground-breaking films like 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' (2011), Dhobi Ghat (2011), Peepli Live (2010), respectively.

In 2004, the multi-talented Farah Khan made the biggest hit of the year, Main Hoo Na, then Om Shanti Om (2007) and recently Tees Maar Khan (2010).

This upsurge of talented women directors in the Indian film industry has only made it more competitive for the male directors.

Let's see some of the new and old Indian women directors.

Zoya Akhtar

Film Year
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara 2011
Luck By Chance 2009

Kiran Rao

Film Year
Dhobi Ghat 2011

Anusha Rizvi

Film Year
Peepli Live 2010

Farah Khan

Film Year
Tees Maar Khan 2010
Om Shanti Om 2007
Main Hoo Na 2004

Rajshree Ojha

Film Year
Aisha 2010
Chaurahen 2007
Yatna 2005
Badger 2002

Nandita Das

Film Year
Firaaq 2008

Aparna Sen

Film Year
Iti Mrinalini 2011
The Japanese Wife 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer 2001
Paromitar Ek Din 2000
Yugant 1995
Sati 1998
Paroma 1984
36 Chowringhee 1981

Deepa Mehta

Film Year
Cooking with Stella 2008
Heaven on Earth 2008
Water 2005
The Republic Of love 2003
Bollywood/Hollywood 2002
Earth 1998
Fire 1996
Camilla 1994
Sam and Me 1991

Gurinder Chadha

Film Year
It's a wonderful Afterlife 2010
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging 2008
Paris je t'aime 2006
The Mistress of Spices 2005
Bride and Prejudice 2004
Bend It Like Beckham 2002
What's Cooking? 2000
Rich Deciver 1995
What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny? 1994
Bhaji on The Beach 1993
Pain Passion and Profit 1992
Acting Our Age 1992
A Nice Arrangement 1991
I'm British But..... 1989

Leena Yadav

Film Year
Teen Pati 2010
Shabd 2005
Dead End 2000