These Bollywood Heartthrobs Were Assistant Directors Before Acting

Shruti Sharma August 18, 2016

Bollywood has always remained unbiased to welcome talent from everywhere. There are many celebs that had a strong film background to enter their career in acting. On the other side, there are a few to name who left the role of an assistant director due to their passion in acting.


Well, we have collected a few names who took a bang on decision of leaving direction and entering films as successful actors today. The works mentioned is a mixture of their movies acted as well as the movies assisted in direction.

Bollywood Heartthrobs Who Were Assistant Directors Before Acting:

  1. Armaan Jain:

Armaan Jain

Armaan Jain raised many heartbeats in his movie,‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’. Although, he has not showed up in many movies, but his fan following is not less than any other emerging superstar. Prior to acting, he used to assist Karan Johar and a few others in direction. According to the sources, he will be seen in the most popular and controversial reality shows, Big Boss Season 9.

Works by Armaan Jain:

Student of the Year, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, and Lekar Hum Deewana Dil.

  1. Sidharth Malhotra:


Do you really need an introduction about his sexy and appealing personality? Sidharth is a hottie and hurt many with his killer looks. He reminds us of the legendary actor Shashi Kapoor’s son. Sidharth was a former model and assistance director before trying his luck for acting. He was one of the assistance directors for Karan Johar’s ‘My Name is Khan’.

Works by Armaan Jain:

My Name is Khan, Student of the Year, Hasee Toh Phasee, Ek Villain, Brothers, and Kapoor & Sons.

  1. Ranbir Kapoor:

Ranbir Kapoor

Who doesn’t know the veteran actor Rishi Kapoor and his son, Ranbir Kapoor? Despite his strong background, he preferred to choose the role of an assistant director first. The Badtameez Dil guy earned a lot of fame from his crazy female fan following. Ranbir worked as an Assistant Director to the respectable director and producer, Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the movie ‘Black’. The movie starred two amazing actors, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherji.

Works by Ranbir Kapoor:

Aa Ab Laut Chalen, Black, Saawariya, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Wake up Sid, Rocket Singh, Anjaana Anjani, Rockstar, Barfi, and a few more.

  1. Hrithik Roshan:

Hrithik Roshan

The Krish guy made a rocking entry right from his first movie, ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’. We still remember how crazy were people to look at that first teaser of the movie over and over again. Hrithik has not taken any support from his father, Rakesh Roshan to become a star. He started sweeping floors, worked as a part of story development, did camera work, editing, and direction as an assistant. He has assisted his father in various films like; Koyla and Khel. He was meant to be in acting as a complete package.

Works by Hrithik Roshan:

Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Koi…Mil Gaya, Lakshya, Krrish, Dhoom 2, Jodhaa Akbar, Guzaarish, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Agneepath, Krrish 3, and Bang Bang.

  1. Varun Dhawan:

Varun Dhawan

Varun has already grabbed millions of fans for his looks, smile, and dance. Although, he is more famous for his cute smile and naughty roles, he thrilled everyone by his versatile acting in the movie, Badlapur. Prior to acting, Varun helped Karan Johar as an Assistant Director for the movie; ‘My Name is Khan’.

Works by Varun Dhawan:

My Name is Khan, Student of the Year, Main Tera Hero, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Badlapur, ABCD 2, Dilwale, and Dishoom.

  1. Sonam Kapoor:

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor is known for her dressing style and gorgeous looks. She has worked real hard to reach the level she is enjoying. The princess daughter of superstar Anil Kapoor, has worked as an Assistant Director with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the movie, Black. It was Bhansali who suggested Sonam to take up acting for his movie, Saawariya. Although, the movie did not make much of profit at the box office, but Sonam was appreciated highly for her beauty.

Works by Sonam Kapoor:

Saawariya, Delhi-6, I Hate Luv Storys, Thank You, Raanjhanaa, Khoobsurat, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Dolly Ki Doli, and Neerja.

  1. Arjun Kapoor:

Arjun kapoor

Arjun Kapoor had a strong connection with films being the son of famous film producer Boney Kapoor. He worked as an Assistant Director with Nikhil Advani for his movie, ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ and ‘Salaam-e-Ishq’. Arjun also helped his father’s production for two movies, ‘No Entry’ and ‘Wanted’.

Works by Arjun Kapoor:

Ishqzaade, Aurangzeb, Gunday, 2 States, Finding Fanny, Tevar, Ki & Ka, Kal Ho Naa Ho, No Entry, Wanted, and Salaam-e-Ishq.

  1. Emraan Hashmi:

Emraan Hashmi

The serial kisser of Bollywood did an amazing job even as an Assistant Director. He supported his uncle, Mahesh Bhatt in his first movie, ‘Raaz’. When he stepped into acting, there was no looking back. His smile and looks are irresistible and this is one of the reasons why he is loved by Bollywood industry.

Works by Emraan Hashmi:

Murder, Gangster, Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, Raaz, Murder 2, The Dirty Picture, Jannat 2, Shanghai, and many more.

  1. Sooraj Pancholi:


Sooraj Pancholi, son of Aditya Pancholi also worked as an Assistant Director. He assisted big shots of Bollywood like, Sanjay Leela Bhansali for movie, ‘Guzaarish’ and Kabir Khan for movie; ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. Sooraj made his entry in the remake of the movie, ‘Hero’. He was promoted by Salman Khan. Salman also sang a song for the movie titled ‘Main Hun Hero Tera’.

Works by Sooraj Pancholi:


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