In the process of filmmaking in Bollywood, it is the director that calls the shots. Right from finalizing all the actors for his film, to bringing the script alive in the form of screenplay, to making sure that the production design is in accordance to the scene, the director does it all. And not just that, he is also involved in the post production tasks to make sure the movie he has envisioned and worked on with his entire unit reaches the big screen the way he wants to.
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! Here’s a list of fifteen such Bollywood directors, who have proved their mettle in the acting department too.
15. Naseeruddin Shah
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.
14. Karan Johar
Not many have seen Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’ starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead, for the hyped 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 was not Johar’s debut film as an actor (his first film being ‘DDLJ’), he was presented as a first-timer, where he was portraying Kaizad Khambatta, a negative character.