Journey of Assistant Directors to Bollywood Celebrities


  1. Varun DhawanVarun-Dhawan-01

Varun Dhawan who is a son of film director David Dhawan. He assisted Karan Johar in his film ‘My name is Khan’ in 2010. Varun Dhawan made his acting debut with Karan Johar’s 2012 romantic comedy Student of the Year.

  1. Sonam KapoorSonam-Kapoor-02

Sonam Kapoor, daughter of Anil Kapoor has worked as an assistant director with Sanjay Leela Bhansali on her father’s recommendation in ‘Black’. While working on Black, Sanjay Leela Bhansali expressed interest in casting Sonam Kapoor as the leading lady in his next film, Saawariya as her debut.

  1. Hrithik RoshanHrithik-Roshan-031

Hrithik Roshan is one of the famous Bollywood actors in India. To study filmmaking from the ground up, he started off sweeping floors, then gradually progressed to more demanding responsibilities like story development, camera work, direction, and editing; he assisted his father, director Rakesh Roshan on several films, including ‘Khel’ in 1992 and ‘Koyla’ in 1997. This is how Hrithik Roshan is made.

  1. Arjun KapoorArjun-Kapoor-04

Arjun Kapoor is the son of film producer Boney Kapoor. Arjun have worked as an assistant director in Nikhil Advani’s film ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ in 2003. He also assisted Advani on his next directorial ‘Salaam-e-Ishq’ in 2007, and worked as an associate producer on two of his father’s productions No Entry in 2005 and Wanted in 2009.

  1. Ranbir KapoorRanbir-Kapoor-05

Ranbir Kapoor is one of the most popular celebrities in India. Ranbir worked as an assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the 2005 film ‘Black’ with two finest talented celebrities, Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji.

  1. Emraan HashmiEmraan-Hashmi-06

Emraan Hashmi worked with Vishesh Films as an assistant director on Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Raaz’ in 2002. Later he made his acting debut with Bhatt’s ‘Footpath’ in 2003 and followed it with the erotic thriller Murder in 2004, which emerged as a box office success.

  1. Sidharth MalhotraSiddharth-Malhotra-07

Sidharth Malhotra first learnt his cinematography lessons as an assistant director before moving on to acting. Sidharth assisted Karan Johar in his film ‘My Name Is Khan’ in 2010 along with Varun Dhawan and later these two debuted in Karan Johar’s film “Student Of The Year”.

  1. Sooraj PancholiSooraj-Pancholi-08

Sooraj Pancholi son of Aditya Pancholi made his debut in Bollywood with ‘Hero’ which is remake of ‘Hero'(1983) directed by Nikhil Advani. Sooraj Pancholi has also assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali in ‘Guzaarish’ and Kabir Khan in ‘Ek Tha Tiger’.