5 Bollywood Actor-Director Duos We Wish Worked Together

Every era of Bollywood has produced that one director-actor partnership that does wonders at the box office. Can we ever forget the hits delivered by Amitabh Bachchan and Hrishikesh Mukherjee in the 70s or the comedy riots by Govinda and David Dhawan that dominated the 90s? For that matter, even the modern Bollywood era has seen its ‘hit-jodis’. However, being a cinephile I can’t help but wish my favorite actors were paired with my favorite directors (which never or rarely happens, yes I know the feeling). So, here’s my wish list (I find my happiness on paper, at least, for now, :P)


As *jaw-dropping* and ridiculous (for some of you) as it may sound, before you start judging, hear me out! The most loyal SRK fan would agree that King Khan’s choices over the years have been disappointing (barring a few movies). Darr, Baazigar, Anjaam, Kabhi  Haan Kabhi Naa – in the early years, Shah Rukh established himself as an actor with immense potential, however, unfortunately very few directors could tap it.

shah rukh khan and anurag kashyap

Karan Johar did that with My Name is Khan, more recently it was Maneesh Sharma with Fan. I don’t need to introduce Kashyap, do I? Ignoring the hiccup of Bombay Velvet, we know what he can do with his actors, don’t we?


From Aditi (Ayesha Takia in Socha Naa Tha) to Tara (Deepika Padukone in Tamasha), we all know how Ali treats his female characters and how beautifully they complement the story line. (I suppose we can have a separate blog on this!) Radhika Apte’s rise in Bollywood has been phenomenal and it will only grow significantly with years.

radhika apte and imtiaz ali

I hope Ali comes up with a suitable script soon (:


One of the most influential directors of modern cinema teaming up with one of the most celebrated actors of our time, this pairing will surely be a treat for us fans.

aamir khan and dibakar banerjee

Aamir being the perfectionist that he is while Dibakar’s flawless direction (Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Shanghai, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy) – even the thought is drool-worthy!


I don’t have to explicitly discuss Hirani’s resume, do I? He’s already given us iconic characters – Munna Bhai, Circuit, Rancho, and Chatur Ramalingam.

Rajkummar rao and rajkumar hirani

On the other hand Rajkummar Rao’s performances have been to the T – Shahid, Kai Po Che, CityLights, Trapped. The duo are an ideal match!


Udaan, Lootera, Trapped – Motwane has already delivered three critically acclaimed hits across as many genres, on the other hand, Siddiqui has proven his mettle equally in dark and comedic roles.

nawazuddin siddiqui and vikramaditya motwane

Motwane – if you’re reading this, please say AMEN!

I am sure you guys have your dream pairs as well. Share those with us, who knows maybe someday we’d get to see them working together.

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Rohan Ahershinge

An engineer by chance, and a writer by choice. Movies| Poems | Cats | Scripts | Guitars | Singing | Composing | Bombay | Beards | Laughter - this perfectly sums up my life. :)

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