Tigmanshu Dhulia who directed Mahie Gill in his film, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, was romantically linked to the actress. Buzz had it that the former spent hours mentoring Mahie as they discussed the nuances of filmmaking. The director was apparently keen on seeing her go places, and he was said to have helped her out on numerous occasions.
Ram Gopal Varma was said to be obsessed with Urmila Matondkar. Ramu had directed Urmila in many films, Rangila and Satya are some of them.
After donning the Miss Universe crown, Sushmita Sen started her Bollywood career with Mahesh Bhatt's Dastak, which was written by Vikram Bhatt. Sushmita and Vikram Bhatt's relationship was much talked about, and Bhatt even confessed to it saying that his affair with Sushmita led to the break-up of his marriage with childhood sweetheart Aditi.
It all started on the sets of Bol Bachchan, where Prachi Desai was the subject of a series of pranks. And guess who was the mastermind behind it all? Rohit Shetty! Soon there was a buzz about Prachi's shopping trips with the director. Rumours also stated that he had started living in with Prachi.
Anurag Kashyap's name was earlier associated with Kalki Koechlin. After Dev D, Anurag got married to Kalki Koechlin, which did not last long.
Months after the speculations about their relationship, Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar made it public that they are in love with each other. In fact, in a recent interview with a talk show, Farhan Akhtar, when asked about his marriage, said he might get hitched this year.
Describing his feelings for Zeenat Aman, actor-director Dev Anand wrote in his autobiography, 'Romancing With Life', that he enjoyed it when newspapers and magazines started linking them together romantically after Hare Rama Hare Krishna's success.
Actor-director Guru Dutt not only discovered Waheeda Rehman, but also called her his muse, before starring in a series of films including Pyaasa (1957).
Although director Maneesh Sharma and Parineeti Chopra have never officially confirmed being together, reports state that industry insiders are well aware of their courtship.
Raj Kapoor's affection for Nargis has been famous in the industry. Rishi Kapoor in his autobiography has confirmed his closeness to Nargis, who has starred in several Raj Kapoor films.
Filmmaker Sajid Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez dated for three years but parted ways in 2013. Khan even openly revealed that they broke up when Sajid decided not to be a part of the third sequel of Housefull, but Jacqueline refused to follow his steps and worked under a different director.
Although Mahima Chaudhry's first and only film with Subhash Ghai was Pardes (1997) – he was the one who discovered her. Besides, he was superstitious about the letter M, so he named Ritu Chaudhry as Mahima. However, this mentor-muse relationship soon took a turn for the worse when Ghai accused the actress of violating a contract with his company.
Sudhir Mishra worked with Chitrangda Singh in Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and soon became her mentor. He also directed her in Yeh Saali Zindagi and Inkaar, which had the actress cast opposite Arjun Rampal.
Director Anurag Kashyap, who gave Huma her first break in the industry, is a close friend of the actress. Both of them continue to hang out together. In 2013, when Anurag and wife Kalki Koechlin hit a rough patch, it was attributed to the filmmaker's growing fondness for Huma. Of course, Huma has maintained that she has never been romantically involved with Anurag, though rumours say otherwise.
After Sushmita Sen, it was apparently Ameesha Patel who was dating Vikram Bhatt. He even directed a film called Ankahee, which is said to be based on Sushmita Sen, that starred Ameesha Patel. Vikram admitted openly about his relationship with Ameesha, but called it the 'shallow one.'
It is but a concept that is well-known in the creative and glamour world. After all, who can forget what Uma Thurman is to maverick filmmaker Quentin Tarantino? Indeed, while every filmmaker needn't have a muse, many have grown partial to certain names. Ram Gopal Varma-Urmila Matondkar, Vikram Bhatt-Sushmita Sen, we take a look at Bollywood's famous director-actress link-ups in the past
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