Just like actors, directors too, find it difficult to get a break in Bollywood. Very often they start off as editors, directors of photography or assistant directors (AD) before helming their own project. Big production houses like Yash Raj Films and Dharma Productions, insist that a person works as an AD, and only then will they get the opportunity to direct a film. A lot of the directors, who were launched by Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra, previously worked on films from the same production houses. This has been happening for years and many of today’s successful directors, too, began their career by assisting other filmmakers. Read and find out more about them.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has given us films like Devdas, Black, and the most recent Bajirao Mastani. Before directing his first film Khamoshi: The Musical, Sanjay assisted Vidhu Vinod Chopra on Parinda, 1942: A Love Story and Kareeb.
Known for successful films like Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal, Imtiaz Ali began his career by directing television shows. Ali directed the serials, Kurukshetra and Imtehaan. In fact, his film Highway was inspired from one of his TV shows.
One of Bollywood‘s most successful directors, Rajkumar Hirani, started off his career as an editor. After editing the promos and trailers for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1942: A Love Story and Kareeb, Hirani got the opportunity to edit Mission Kashmir. The director finally made his directorial debut with Munnabhai MBBS and after that, there was no looking back for him.
Not many know that the Gangs of Wasseypur director is a protegee of Ram Gopal Varma. Anurag wrote the script for RGV‘s Satya and Kaun. The relationship between the two soured when Ramu compared Kashyap‘s Bombay Velvet to his film Aag.