Bollywood, the vibrant and dynamic film industry of India, has witnessed numerous talents who have made their mark not only in front of the camera but also behind it. These versatile individuals honed their skills and gained valuable experience by working behind the camera before eventually stepping into the spotlight as actors. From assisting renowned directors to exploring various aspects of filmmaking, these Bollywood actors have showcased their passion and dedication to the craft. In this article, we delve into the intriguing journeys of 12 such actors who paved their way to success by initially working behind the camera and later gracing the silver screen with their exceptional talent and charisma.
1. Hrithik Roshan: Assistant Director – Khudgarz, King Uncle, Karan Arjun, and Koyla.
Among all the individuals on the list, Hrithik Roshan possesses the most extensive experience as an assistant director. He honed his skills behind the camera while working on four films directed by his father, Rakesh Roshan, namely Khudgarz, King Uncle, Karan Arjun, and Koyla. This invaluable hands-on experience laid the foundation for his eventual success as an actor.
2. Vicky Kaushal: Assistant Director – Gangs Of Wasseypur
Before captivating the audience with his mesmerizing performances, Bollywood’s latest heartthrob, Vicky Kaushal, began his journey as an assistant director for Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur in 2011. Interestingly, he made his first appearance in front of the camera while giving the clap for a scene during the shoot, eventually leaving a lasting impression with his debut in Masaan in 2015.
3. Parineeti Chopra: PR Consultant – YRF
Parineeti Chopra, the talented actress, initially embarked on her Bollywood journey as a PR consultant with YRF (Yash Raj Films). While working on the promotions of Band Baaja Baaraat, Parineeti discovered her true passion for acting, leading her to make the decision to pursue a career on the silver screen.
4. Sidharth Malhotra: Assistant Director – My Name Is Khan
Sidharth Malhotra, another Bollywood star who made the transition from behind the camera to the forefront, worked alongside Varun Dhawan as an assistant director in Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan. Their camaraderie in the movie Student Of The Year was seemingly genuine, stemming from their shared experience in the world of assistant direction.
Before becoming a renowned actor, Vikrant Massey, who possesses exceptional ballet dancing skills, worked as an assistant choreographer for Shiamak Davar on the show Dhoom Machao Dhoom. Eventually, his love for acting drove him to face the camera and dive into the world of acting.
6. Varun Dhawan: Assistant Director – My Name Is Khan
The talented Varun Dhawan, known for his remarkable on-screen performances, first ventured into the film industry as an assistant director for Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan. His experience behind the scenes undoubtedly contributed to shaping his understanding and passion for the art of acting.
7. Sonam Kapoor: Assistant Director – Black
Sonam Kapoor, owing her entry into Bollywood to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, initially worked as an assistant director on the film Black. It was Bhansali who recognized her potential and encouraged her to face the camera, resulting in her unforgettable debut. Since then, she has created her own legacy in the industry.
8. Ranbir Kapoor: Assistant Director – Aa Ab Laut Chalen and Black
Ranbir Kapoor, the immensely talented actor, had the opportunity to assist director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the movie Black. This collaboration with Bhansali allowed him to not only work behind the camera but also make a cameo appearance in the film, disguised as Amitabh Bachchan. Prior to this, he had also assisted his father, Rishi Kapoor, on Aa Ab Laut Chalen in 1999.
9. Sonakshi Sinha: Costume Designer – Mera Dil Leke Dekho
Before embarking on her acting career, Sonakshi Sinha briefly ventured into the world of costume designing. With her background in fashion designing, she showcased her creativity by designing costumes for the movie Mera Dil Leke Dekho, which was released in 2005. However, Sonakshi soon shifted her focus towards acting, where she found her true calling.
10. Arjun Kapoor: Assistant Director – Kal Ho Naa Ho and Salaam-e-Ishq; Assistant Producer – No Entry and Wanted.
Arjun Kapoor, prior to stepping in front of the camera, explored various roles behind it. He worked as an assistant director alongside director Nikhil Advani on films like Kal Ho Naa Ho and Salaam-e-Ishq. Additionally, Arjun also took on the responsibilities of an assistant producer, collaborating with his father, Boney Kapoor, on projects such as No Entry and Wanted.
11. Harshvardhan Kapoor: Assistant Director – Bombay Velvet
Although Harshvardhan Kapoor made his debut in 2016 with the film Mirzya, his connection with Bollywood began earlier. Following in the footsteps of his sister, Sonam Kapoor, Harshvardhan gained valuable experience as an assistant director on the sets of Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet in 2015. This behind-the-scenes exposure served as a stepping stone toward his eventual journey as an actor.
12. Shanaya Kapoor
Sanjay Kapoor’s daughter Shanaya Kapoor, who would be soon seen on big screen, worked as an assistant director on Jhanvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. She started her journey in Bollywood as an assistant director with Sharan Sharma, director of Gunjan Saxena.
Indeed, these Bollywood actors are truly multi-talented! How many of these fascinating facts were you already aware of? Tell us in the comments below.