Before beginning work on a movie, directors envision how the characters in the movie will look and be like. They often get so involved in the character-building process, it becomes very difficult for them to cast the right actor for the role. Remember how obsessed Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) was with "Maya", the fictitious character from his play in Dil To Pagal Hai? Yes, directors can be a little crazy like that. Sometimes, they also base their characters as per the traits of their favorite actors or muses. And the moment the director and the muse come together to collaborate on a project, you do get to see a beautiful result of that obsession (usually). That’s why you must have heard of directors being too possessive or superstitious about their actors.
So, to give you a quick idea of what we mean by that, read about the directors and their beautiful muses here.
Raj Kapoor – Nargis
The duo was first seen together in Aag, which released way back in 1948 and since then they did more than a dozen of films together. Their chemistry was such that their iconic pose from the movie Barsaat was immortalized on the emblem of R. K. Studios.
Mahima Chaudhry – Subhash Ghai
Subhash Ghai’s blockbuster film Pardes put Mahima Chaudhry on the map in Bollywood, and her brilliant performance in the film helped her bag the Best Debut Filmfare Award. This was the only film that they worked on because thanks to certain conflicts that developed later, their mentor-muse relationship took a hit.
Kajol – Karan Johar
There might be a serious tiff between the two now, but Karan did admit in his biography that Kajol mattered a lot to him and it’s only obvious as they were friends for almost 25 years. Before things got complicated, Karan made sure to cast Kajol in almost all of his movies, even if it was just a special appearance. We miss those days; if only they could patch-up! (But she is your best friend ya…)
Ram Gopal Varma’s Muses: Urmila Matondkar & Antara Mali
RGV is known for creating thrillers and horror movies. He along with Urmila Matondkar have given us many hits such as Rangeela, Satya, Bhoot, Kaun, and so on. The combination of the two was just dynamite. As years passed by, RGV found a new muse in Antara Mali.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Muses: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Deepika Padukone
The director who is known for creating dream-like sets for his movies that make you feel like you have entered into a surreal world is a total perfectionist. For him every project and every member of the cast is special. And for years, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was the face of his creations, and now Deepika Padukone is taking forward his legacy.
M. F. Husain’s Muses: Madhuri Dixit & Tabu
This list will be incomplete without the mention of M. F. Husain, the Picasso of India. He was a painter by profession but he did direct a couple of movies, two (Gaja Gamini and Meenakshi: A Tale of Three Cities) of which captured his admiration for the famous Bollywood actresses, Madhuri Dixit and Tabu, respectively.