Karan Johar: Karan Johar, who has directed iconic films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, and Student of the Year, also turned actor for a few films. Some of the well-known films Karan Johar acted in are Kal Ho Naa Ho, where he played a customer in a cafe, Shaandaar, where he played himself, and a major role as the main antagonist in the 2015 film Bombay Velvet, where he played the role of Kaizad Khambatta.
Anurag Kashyap: Apart from being an acclaimed director, Kashyap has done cameos in a number of movies. He was hilarious as the writer in Luck By Chance. His other works as an actor include Soundtrack, Shagird and I Am.
Farhan Akhtar: The man who directed the urban hit Dil Chahta Hai has proved his credentials as an actor in films like Rock On!!, Luck By Chance, Karthik Calling Karthik, and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Pic/ Santa Banta
Farah Khan: Choreographer-cum-director Farah Khan made her debut as an actor in the film Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, which also stars Boman Irani and was liked by audience and critics alike.
Prakash Jha: Prakash Jha is known for helming political and socio-political films such as Mrityudand (1997), Gangaajal (2003), Apaharan (2005), Raajneeti (2010) and Satyagraha (2013). He made his acting debut in his directorial 'Jai Gangaajal' where he played the role of dishonest police officer BN Singh. Pic/YouTube
Nagesh Kukunoor: The film-maker has acted in most of the movies he has directed. Kukunoor played the lead in Hyderabad Blues and Hyderabad Blues 2. He was also seen on-screen in Rockford, 3 Deewarein, Bollywood Calling and Dor. Pic/ Santa Banta
Amole Gupte: Using his killer looks to great effect, Gupte, who was the creative director of Taare Zameen Par, came up with some superlative negative performances in Kaminey and Stanley Ka Dabba. His standout effort though was as the hilarious, conniving mantri in Phas Gaya Re Obama. Pic/ Santa Banta
Anurag Basu: The Murder director portrayed the character of a Bengali doctor in Onir's I Am.
Sudhir Mishra: The Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi director played the bad guy in Madhur Bhandarkar's Traffic Signal and did so with great conviction.
Nishikant Kamat: He directed the critically-acclaimed Mumbai Meri Jaan, based on the 2006 Mumbai train blasts, and also essayed a small role in the film. He was also seen in Prawal Raman's 404.
They're not just experts behind the camera, but are also brilliant in front of it. On Karan Johar's 47th birthday today, we take a look at Bollywood directors who have acted in films
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