When making hit movies becomes like a habit and something just out nature - then you know you've hit the money-banks!!!! While the director (The Unsung Hero) star of the movie becomes the fine movements of the ship with his/her performance, the Captain of the ship is the director - managing the vessel. Together, they sojourn on a journey of success and fame! Bollywood has seen many such actor-director duos come together and make many hit movies! Here are 5 of the Best Actor-Director Duos of Bollywood:
1. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Aishwarya Rai
When the most aesthetically pleasing filmmaker of the country (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) teams up with the most beautiful of Bollywood, (Aishwarya Rai) is screams win-win. it is natural to expect magic on-screen! The three blockbusters that they have produced together have been lauded! Their first collaboration ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ was a visual treat, it catapulted Aishwarya's acting abilities from just a mere dancer in films to working in author-backed roles! Their second together - ‘Devdas’ – was a step above in terms of everything - storytelling, emotions and performances. It was the most expensive Indian movie of the time and also turned out to be the highest grosser of that year. Besides box office glory it became the first mainstream commercial Indian movie to be a part of the official programme at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and was also lauded by TIME magazine as the one of the most noteworthy films of the year. Their third and final collaboration till date ‘Guzaarish’ didn't fare well at ticket counters but was very critically acclaimed and was screened at Busan, the biggest film festival of Asia.
2. Indra Kumar and Madhuri Dixit
It’s hard to imagine how Madhuri Dixit’s career in the early 90s would have shaped up without the presence of director Indra Kumar in her line of work. She has just come up from the success of Tezaab and was definitely an untapped talent! With Tezaab she had proved her acting prowess and her dancing abilities - a surefire success for hits!!! She got picked by Indra Kumar soon and they went on to make three films together – ‘Dil’, ‘Beta’, ‘Raja’. They weren't just hugely successful at the box office but also made garnered Madhuri Filmfare awards for each one of them. Madhuri kept adding more and more hits to her kitty and Kumar sensibly cashed in on the popularity of her dominating stardom and delivered succcesfully at them!
3. Ajay Devgan and Rohit Shetty
Ajay Devgan and Rohit Shetty go back a long way, Call it an obsession or a pragmatic partnership, but we often see an actor and a director frequently collaborating year after year. And their partnership has grown and evolved as the people involved in them but yet that unshakable bond hasn't faded away. They duo have worked in nine films together. Often its the directors that give the actors a chance, however it was the opposite in their case. It was Ajay Devgn who gave Rohit Shetty his first big break when he directed the Shivaay star in 2003’s Zameen. It didnt fare well at the box-office however Ajay Devgan recognized the talent. Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty have been lucky for each other ever since their second film Golmaal. Their total grossing amount has surprassed a stagerring Rs 472 crores. Banking on a formula of fast-paced cars, slick action stunts and well-crafted dialogues, he has created a new genre of cinema alltogether. Although, there was a time when Rohit Shetty and his brand of cinema came in for much ridicule from critics and the Indian film industry. However, the critics don’t seem to have stopped, but the industry certainly has. After delivering two billion-rupee hits, Shetty is Bollywood’s new darling.
4. Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan
A partnership which has stemmed from respect and awe. That Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan are the good friends in the industry is a known fact. In fact, Karan has time again said that he looks up to SRK as his elder brother and has a lot of reverence for him. The hit filmmaker has reiterated that he owes his career to Shah Rukh who played the lead role in Karan's directorial debut 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'. Also, the filmmaker has revealed something interesting about SRK in one of his recent interviews to Filmfare magazine. The director said, "I think he is one of a kind. He's a superstar, entrepreneur and he is also a visionary. He's the most intelligent mind I know in the business." Considering Shah As much of a star he is, he seems to portray the down-to-earth, head-over-heels hero with panache! Karan Johar has managed to hone his ability to adapt into the boy next door characters and elevate them with hightened emotions and topics relavant today such as family, friendship, love and respect in relationships. Together, they have made over 10 movies together, each being a landmark in the path of Bollywood history.
5. Shahid Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj
A perfect case of the director and his muse. Bhardwaj had critical acclaim, a sharp way of narrating stories and garnering the exact emotions from his actors at the right stages of his film. There isnt a film that hasnt gone unnoticed by the audiences. His movies are one of a kind and has given cinema a new edge. He found a blank slate in Shahid Kapoor. An actor with a powerhouse of talent that was untapped and needed honing. They have three hit movies - Kaminey, Haider and Rangoon to their credit. Each movie has been a stepping stone towards more and more critical acclaim, applause and awards for Shahid. Theirs is a successful team for sure!