Assistant Directors Who Successfully Turned Bollywood Actors


Ads-turned-actors[tps_footer]In Bollywood people have to work their way up before they taste success. A lot of actors these day learn behind the camera technique before facing the camera. Interestingly, our B town young brigade have something in common.


Varun , Sidharath , Ranbir .. All have been ADs for some real big projects before actually becoming actor. Here is list of few others.

Varun Dhawan : Varun Dhawan being son of ace director David Dhawan. Started off by assisting Karan Johar for film ‘My Name is Khan’ before getting launched by Karan Johar in his film ‘Student of the Year’.

Vicky Kaushal : Vicky Kaushal is son of Ace Action Director Shyam Kaushal. Though Vicky had harboured a short term desire to follow his dad’s footsteps but he choose engineering degree instead. then when he realized 9 – 5 job wasn’t the thing he wanted to do in life. Did an acting course, did theatre and he became assistant director and worked with Anurag Kashyup over film Gangs of Wasseypur. He was critically acclaimed for the performance in Massan and now plays lead in his upcoming film Zubaan.

Harshvardhan Kapoor : Anil Kapoor’s son Harshwardhan Kapoor worked as an AD for Anurag Kashyup’s Bombay Velvet and now he will be debuting in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Film Miriyan.

Arjun Kapoor : Arjun Kapoor who made his debut from Ishqzaade. Before taking up acting he assisted film makers on several films such as Kal Ho Naa Ho and Salaam e Ishq.


Ranbir Kapoor : Ace Actor Ranbir Kapoor has made a mark in the industry by giving fabulous performances in films like ‘Baarfi’ ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’. Very few know that he assisted worth noting films like Prem Granth and also Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black in year 2005[/tps_footer]