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Actors Who Kickstarted their Careers As Assistant Directors

Who says it's easy for a star kid to make it in the film industry? Who says it takes no hard work if you already have connections within the film fraternity? If you are among those, who think so, you might want to give it a second thought. 

No, it's not that easy. Everyone who has made it big in the entertainment world, have had their own share of struggles they went through to be recognized and to make a mark for themselves. Like many others, they too went back to the basics and learnt the very fundamentals of filmmaking, and also sought practical knowledge on sets. Here's a list of star children who before hitting stardom began small and worked as assistant directors.

Ranbir Kapoor 


The man who has enthralled us with some stellar performances, irrespective of whether his film did well or not at the box office, assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the movie Black, before he got his first break in the film Saawariya, incidentally offered to him by the very director he assisted.

Vicky Kaushal 

Not a big name in the Bollywood yet, but we sure have high hopes from this guy. After all, he delivered a brilliant performance in his debut and award-winning filmMasaan. He too, began as an assistant director to Anurag Kashyap for Gangs of Wasseypur.

Sidharth Malhotra
Before making our hearts skip a beat with his sweet smile and innocent looks in his debut film, Student of the Year, Sidharth began his journey in film industry by assisting none other than Karan Johar in My Name Is Khan.

Varun Dhawan 

Even though, he is the son of renowned director, David Dhawan, Varun did not receive any star treatment as he stepped into the industry and just like Sid, Varun too assisted Karan Johar in My Name Is Khan, before making us drool over his dancing and acting skills.

Hrithik Roshan 

Hrithik Roshan assisted his actor-turned-director father, Rakesh Roshan in films like King UncleKarobar and a few more. It was only after he gained enough experience that Sr. Roshan launched his son in Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai.   

Harshvardhan Kapoor

Brother of Sonam Kapoor, Harshvardhan made his debut in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's recently-released movie, Mirzya. Harshvardhan too, worked as an assistant director with Anurag Kashyap in Bombay Velvet.

Ranveer Singh 

Ranveer Singh with his abundant talent and raw energy, began his Bollywood journey assisting Shaad Ali in the film, Bunty Aur Babli before he got his first break in Band Baaja Baaraat opposite Anushka Sharma.