13 Bollywood Celebrities Who Started Their Careers As Assistant Directors Before Their Debuts

January 5, 2017 — by Team PeppyStory


If you have ever thought that the star kids like Hrithik Roshan, Varun Dhavan, Sonam Kapoor etc. have entered the film industry because of their golden spoon, then you definitely need to give it a second thought. All of them had their share of struggles and training too. Not only them, but actors such as Sidharth Malhotra, Daisy Shah and Emraan Hashmi who didn’t have a God father in Bollywood have struggled hard to reach where they are today.

One thing that is common in them all is that they have started their careers as assistant directors. So, let’s have a look at the 13 most famous celebrities who have started their filmy careers as assistant directors.

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#1. Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor

Before he made his debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Sawariya, he was an assistant director in films like Black and Prem Granth.  Not just that, he was also an AD in his father’s directorial debut Aa Ab Laut Chalen.

#2. Hrithik Roshan

Hritik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan had a great opportunity to not only be his father’s son, but also to learn a lot about film making by assisting his actor-turned-director father Rakesh Roshan. He has assisted him in films like King Uncle, Karobar and many others. Only after this, he made his first debut in his father’s film Kaho na pyaar hai in the year 2000.

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#3. Kunal Kapoor

Kunal Kapoor

Though he debuted in the year 2004, in the movie Meenaxi-A tale of 3 cities, he was an assistant director under Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for the film Aks starring Amitabh Bachchan.

#4. Emraan Hashmi

Emraan Hashmi

The serial kisser of Bollywood, Emraan was an assistant director to Vikram Bhatt for his film Raaz in 2002. Later, he got a break in the movie Footpath in 2003.

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#5. Sidharth Malhotra

Siddharth Malhotra

Karan Johar sure has an eye for hot and sizzling men, who also happen to be super talented. Not only Varun Dhawan, but Sidharth Malhotra too assisted him in the making of My Name Is Khan. After this, he got an opportunity to get starred as a lead opposite Varun and Alia in KJo’s Student Of the Year.

#6. Armaan Jain

Armaan Jain

Ranbir Kapoor’s cousin, Armaan Jain also worked as an assistant director for the film Ek Mein Aur Ek Tu starring Imraan Khan and Kareena Kaoor Khan, before making his debut in the movie Lekar Hum Deewana Dil.

#7. Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh

Before his big Debut opposite Anushka Sharma in Band Baja Baarat, Ranveer assisted Shaad Ali in Bunty Aur Babli along with a few other add films.

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#8. Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan

You might be thinking that Varun would have obviously assisted his father, David Dhawan in one of his films, but that’s not the case. Yes, Varun had worked as an assistant director, but for Karan Johar for the film My name is Khan, and later made his debut in KJo’s Student Of The Year.

#9. Sooraj Pancholi

Sooraj Pancholi

Sanjay Leela Bhansali seems to be a lucky mascot for a lot of star kids as the ones who have ever assisted him in direction, have made it big in the industry. Just like Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor, Sooraj Pancholi also assisted the director in 2010 for his film Guzarish.

#10. Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

The fashion icon who has represented India, assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali when he was shooting for his film Black. It was Bhansali who suggested her to try acting. Later in 2007, she made a debut in his film Saawariya opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

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#11. Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor

The multi-talented Arjun Kapoor assisted not only one, but three films, before he acted in his debut film Ishqzaade opposite Parineeti Chopra. He was an AD for the films such as Shakti, Kal Ho Na Ho and Salaam-E-Ishq.

#12. Daisy Shah

Daisy Shah

This talented diva who was working for choreographer Ganesh Acharya, as a dance assistant has assisted films as well. She has been assistant director for films namely, Khakee and Zameen, before she starred opposite Salman Khan in Jai Ho.

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#13. Harshvardhan Kapoor

Harshvardhan Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor’s brother, Harshvardhan Kapoor too assisted director Anurag Kashyap in the film Bombay Velvet. He will soon be making his big Bollywood debut in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s movie.

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Learning to direct teaches an actor a lot of stuff about acting as well, and that is the reason why all of the above actors are extraordinary and impeccable at their work.