Behind the camera: Tales of actors turning directors

  • Anjuri Nayar Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2016 18:15 IST
Ajay Devgn will be acting and directing his ambitious project Shivaay. (HT Photo)

This year will see many actors going behind the camera and donning the director’s hat. While Sunny Deol has directed Ghayal Once Again that also stars Soha Ali Khan, Ajay Devgn will be acting and directing his ambitious project Shivaay. Konkona Sen Sharma will also be seen helming a film this year.

Trade analyst Komal Nahta explains, “They want to be in control, this is the reason many actors are also turning producers. Of course, this also adds to the buzz of the film. But at the end of the day, it is the content which matters. People want value for their money.”

Sunny Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Konkana Sen Sharma and Ranveer Singh are switching sides. (Agencies)

Konkona, who was last seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Talwar (2014), is working on her directorial. “I have written a film and I am getting ready to direct it soon,” she told us earlier. Her estranged husband actor Ranvir Shorey will be acting in it. “I’ll be doing a film which Konkona is directing. The film’s name is A Death In The Ganj,” he had said.

Sunny, who made his directorial debut with his film Dillagi (1999), is happy to turn director once again. “I was ready and that’s why I’ve decided to direct once again and I really loved and enjoyed it,” he says.

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Ajay, who will be seen alongside debutante Sayyeshaa Saigal, has impressed his cast. “He’s an actor’s director,” Sayyeshaa once said.

Meanwhile, actor Ranveer Singh had been quoted as saying, “I want to be a director. I have a lot of admiration for people like Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor. It takes a lot of courage to write and direct films.” Actor Sonam Kapoor, too, had expressed a desire to direct. Filmmaker Onir says that while there is no harm in actors directing, they should refrain from acting in the same film. “Some have the capability to direct and must direct. It’s not a good idea when you are directing yourself and that should be avoided,” he says.

Directors come to the forefront

Ever heard of the term acting ka keeda? Of late, Bollywood directors have been bitten by the acting bug. The latest to join this list is director Prakash Jha. Having previously directed films such as Apaharan (2005), Gangaajal (2003), and Raajneeti (2010), Jha will now be seen acting in his latest venture Jai –Gangaajal. Speaking on the same, Jha says, “Priyanka’s character, Abha Mathur is the hero of the film. I happen to be one of the subordinates working with her. It was a good experience; I was directly helped by my co-actors. It was a good challenge and I needed a challenge.”

Vikram Bhatt also took to acting last year in the film Bhaag Johnny where he played the role of a genie. Kunal Kohli acted in Phir Se. Karan Johar played the antagonist in Bombay Velvet last year. Amole Gupte, who has directed films such as Stanley Ka Dabba (2011), Hawaa Hawaai (2014) has also taken to acting in films such as Singham Returns in 2014.

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