Here are some of the great Indian Cinema Directors.Phalke was the father of Indian cinema, he made the first full length feature film called "Raja Harischandra" in 1915.The greatest film award,for lifetime achievement in Cinema given by the Government of India is called the Phalke award. Phalke , it seems was offered some seed capital by Bal Gangadhar thilak to establish the "Indian " Film Industry, he refused the offer but went on to establish the Hindustan Film company.It was his desire to make the mythological stories of India in films.He was inspired by a film made on the life of Christ.
Guru Dutt, the master of the black and white...has his stamp aptly in Black and white.His classics like the autobiographical "kagaz ke phool",Pyaasa,Sahib bibi aur Ghulam will live forever.With his cameraman V.K.Murthy he set visual standards that still remain.As an actor he chose the soft,romantic roles....tragedy too was welcome.
Director V.Shantharam can verily be called one of the Doyens of Hindi Cinema. His works including the life of Dr.Kotnis , Do aankhen barah haath will remain classics.
The stamp designer has chosen to put in some handprints (haath)in the stamp if you notice carefully. They appear as smudges below 4 oo and all around the standing image of Shantharam.He was one of the few who started with the silent era and made movies well into the talkie era as well.
All great Directors who made great movies.