Our Hindi Cinema is filled with talented and successful directors who are now trying their hands at acting too. These directors who have always been behind the camera have now made a mark facing the camera with glory too. Director turned actor Karan Johar will be seen as an antagonist in Ranbir Kapoor starrer upcoming film Bombay Velvet, since this is not the first time a director will act, we have compiled a list of directors turned actors in Bollywood.

Here is the list of Directors who turned actors in Bollywood:

Amole Gupte

Amole Gupte in a still from movie 'Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)'
Amole Gupte in a still from movie ‘Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)’

His negative character in Stanley Ka Dabba and Singham Returns and his standout performance in Phas Gaye Re Obama have always taken his acting skills at par.

Anurag Basu

Anurag Basu in a still from movie 'I Am (2010)'
Anurag Basu in a still from movie ‘I Am (2010)’

Murder filmmaker portrayed a Bengali doctor in Onir’s I am.

Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap in a still from movie 'Shagird (2011)'
Anurag Kashyap in a still from movie ‘Shagird (2011)’

Though being an acclaimed director, he has done some cameos in movies like Soundtrack, Shagird and I am.

Farah Khan

Farah Khan in a still from movie 'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012)'
Farah Khan in a still from movie ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012)’

The choreographer-cum-director has given some massive hits like Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om, was seen in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi with Boman Irani which went well with the audience and the critics, too.

Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar in a still from movie 'Rock On!! (2008)'
Farhan Akhtar in a still from movie ‘Rock On!! (2008)’

The multi talented personality has directed the hit movie Dil Chahta Hai. Movies like Rock On!! Luck By Chance, Zindagi Milegi Nahi Dobara, etc. has proved his credentials as an actor.

Karan Johar

Karan Johar in a still from movie 'Bombay Velvet (2015)'
Karan Johar in a still from movie ‘Bombay Velvet (2015)’

We are fervent to watch the K3G director in Bombay Velvet which is all set to release on May 15, 2015.

Kunal Kohli

Kunal Kohli in a still from movie 'Phir Se... (2015)'
Kunal Kohli in a still from movie ‘Phir Se… (2015)’

The director of Hum Tum will make his debut in Phir Se with Jennifer Winget which is slated to release on May, 2015.

Mahesh Manjrekar

Mahesh Manjrekar in a still from movie 'Bodyguard (2011)'
Mahesh Manjrekar in a still from movie ‘Bodyguard (2011)’

The versatile actor has directed his successful movie Vaastav. His acting prowess was seen in movies like Kaante and Bodyguard

Nagesh Kukunoor

Nagesh Kukunoor in a still from movie 'Hyderabad Blues (1998)'
Nagesh Kukunoor in a still from movie ‘Hyderabad Blues (1998)’

The National Film Award winner has acted in most of his directed movies and he was the lead in Hyderabad Blues and Hyderabad Blues 2.

Nishikant Kamat

Nishikant Kamat in a still from movie '404: Error Not Found (2011)'
Nishikant Kamat in a still from movie ‘404: Error Not Found (2011)’

The filmmaker of Mumbai Meri Jaan who has also essayed a small role in the movie, was in Hawa Aney De.

Rajat Kapoor

Rajat Kapoor in a still from movie 'Ankhon Dekhi (2013)'
Rajat Kapoor in a still from movie ‘Ankhon Dekhi (2013)’

Talented director of Ankhon Dekhi was accolade with many awards. Rajat Kapoor’s acting has always been appraised.

Sudhir Mishra

Sudhir Mishra in a still from movie
Sudhir Mishra in a still from movie

The director of Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi played a bad guy in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal which he did with great conviction.

Tigmanshu Dhulia

Tigmanshu Dhulia in a still from movie 'Gangs of Wasseypur II (2012)'
Tigmanshu Dhulia in a still from movie ‘Gangs of Wasseypur II (2012)’

The Indian filmmaker was seen onscreen in few movies. His acting skill was well known in Gangs of Wasseypur.

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