Bollywood industry is blessed with talented directors who bring to life different stories for the audiences. Some of them are not only good at direction but also have tried their hands at acting and have been successful. Let’s take a look at 10 Bollywood directors that turned actors.Farhan Akhtar: First on our list is the multitalented personality of Bollywood, Farhan Akhtar. An actor, director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer and lyricist. This guy is the complete package of Bollywood industry. Farhan has directed amazing films like Dil Chahta Hai, Don and Don 2 and Lakshya amongst others. Farhan has acted in several films over the years including Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Rock On!!
Karan Johar: Joining the list with his debut film will be director Karan Johar who will be seen playing the bad guy in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet. If Shah Rukh Khan is the king of romance amongst actors then Karan Johar can be titled as the king of romance amongst directors. He has given hits like Student of the Year, My Name Is Khan, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai amongst others.
Anurag Kashyap: Known for being the director with the most out of the box vision, director Anurag Kashyap has also made appearances in certain films in the past. The Gangs Of Wasseypur hit maker has done cameos in films Soundtrack, Shagrid and I Am. He has directed films like Dev D, Black Friday and That Girl in Yellow Boots amongst others.
Farah Khan: The perky bubbly director of Bollywood, Farah Khan is certainly multitalented. Farah made her acting debut not by doing any side roles but the lead role opposite Boman Irani in the film Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi in the year 2012. In the past Farah Khan has directed hits like Main Hoon Na, Om Shanti Om and Happy New Year.
Mahesh Manjrekar: Mahesh Manjrekar is probably one of the best persons to enter the film industry in the history of cinema. This multitalented personality has acted as well as directed numerous hits over the years. Mahesh has starred in films since way back like Vaastav (which he directed himself), Kaante to films like Wanted and Ready. He has mostly directed Marathi films including hits like Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy.Tigmanshu Dhulia: Having made his successful debut in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur is director turned actor Tigmanshu Dhulia. He is well known for his directed hits like Bullett Raja, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, Paan Singh Tomar and more. Tigmanshu also appeared in Ketan Mehta’s Manjhi: The Mountain Man.
Amole Gupte: Director turned actor Amole Gupte has given brilliant performances in several hit films including Singham Returns, Stanley Ka Dabba (which he directed), Phas Gaye Re Obama and Kaminey. Anmole has directed films Taare Zameen Par and Hawaa Hawaai amongst others.
Anurag Basu: Director Anurag Basu made an appearance in director Onir’s film I Am released in 2010. Anurag has directed big hits like Barfi, Life In A Metro, Murder, and Gangster. He is currently working on Jagga Jasoos with Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.
Kunal Kohli: Director Kunal Kohli will make his acting debut this year with his directed film Phir Se starring Jennifer Winger set to release in May. In the past Kunal has directed films like Teri Meri Kahaani, Break Ke Baad, Fanaa and Hum Tum amongst others.Sudhir Mishra: Director Sudhir Mishra played the bad guy in Madhur Bhandarkar’s 2007 hit Traffic Signal. He portrayed the role of Afzal Bhai in it. Mishra has directed critically acclaimed films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Dharavi, Chameli and Yeh Saali Zindagi amongst others.
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