In the process of filmmaking in Bollywood, it is the director that calls the shots. Everything will be on the shoulders of the directors to make a film. But what happens when a director faces the camera? He/she realizes that it is a difficult task being an actor (and trust us, most directors, who have acted in films have confessed to this)! Several filmmakers have appeared as actors in their own films or their colleagues’ films and showed us that they are the masters of many trades! Check out such Bollywood directors, who proved their mettle in the acting department too.
Although this name technically does not fit in the list (since it works vice versa), the Bollywood acting legend had decided to wield the baton for the 2006 film ‘Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota’, which had four complex stories running parallel in it, only to intertwine towards the climax, in the wake of a great human tragedy. Naseeruddin Shah went behind the cameras to narrate these different stories, which he thought had the power to bring out strong human emotions. Although the movie was not a huge hit at the box office, Shah’s ambitious project did manage to touch the audiences’ hearts.
His light eyes, dark moustache and looks to die for, were something girls couldn’t stop talking about back in the 80s. Rakesh Roshan was a charmer (and still is despite his age!), who could also make films. Having appeared in several family dramas back in the day, Roshan proved his mettle in lead roles and slowly shifted focus to direction almost in the same era with Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha and Govinda-starrer ‘Khudgarz’ being his debut directorial. Post this movie, Roshan started churning out films by the dozen, most of which went on to become superhits at the box office.
Born into a filmy family, where his father is a celebrated lyricist and scriptwriter, his mother is an actress and a screenwriter and his sister is a filmmaker, it was but natural for Farhan Akhtar to take up a job in the film industry. His debut directorial venture ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ in 2001 is considered a cult film, which redefined friendship in Bollywood. The film struck a chord with youngsters immediately and the movie starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna in lead roles, became a massive hit. Farhan Akhtar, who also made ‘Lakshya’ and ‘Don’ turned to acting with ‘Rock On’!!, followed by ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ in different roles and gave us some more reasons to appreciate him.
The greatest showman of Bollywood – Raj Kapoor- was not just good-looking but was also a great narrator. Belonging to the first family of Bollywood, Raj Kapoor made his big debut on the silver screen as an actor and did minuscule roles at the start of his career. Slowly and steadily, Kapoor shifted to direction, with ‘Aag’ being his first venture, but it was his ‘Awaara’ in 1951 that made Raj Kapoor a recognized director. Kapoor then began making films, launching several actors’ and actresses’ careers in the process. Raj Kapoor proved to the world that he was actually the greatest showman of showbiz.
Not many have seen Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’ starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead, for the negative publicity that had surrounded it post its release, but the film did have some high points. It had Karan Johar, the maker of family dramas and rom-coms, playing a grey shade in it; and boy, did he impress! Although Kashyap’s 2015 film is not Johar’s debut film as an actor. His first film is DDLJ, where he portrayed Kaizad Khambatta, a negative character.
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