Satish Kaushik: He is popularly known for playing 'Calendar' in the hit film 'Mr. India' alongside Anil Kapoor and Sridevi. But he started his acting career in Shekhar Kapoor's 'Masoom' (1983), which also marked his debut as an assistant director. His first film as a director was 'Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja in 1993. He went on to direct several films including 'Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain', 'Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai' and 'Tere Naam
Karan Johar: Karan Johar made his on-screen debut in the superhit film 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' as Raj's (Shah Rukh Khan's) friend. He not only acted in the movie, but also assisted director Aditya Chopra. Since then, he has made cameo appearances playing himself in films like 'Om Shanti Om' (2007), 'Fashion' (2008), and 'Luck by Chance' (2009). He made his full-fledged acting debut alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in Anurag Kashyap's 'Bombay Velvet' (2015), in which he played the main antagonist. Karan made his directorial debut with the blockbuster romance 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' in 1998. He went on to direct several hit films including 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham', 'My Name Is Khan' and 'Student of The Year'. He is currently busy with his next directorial project 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' starring Ranbir, Anushka and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Ashutosh Gowariker: Ashutosh Gowariker started his Bollywood career as an actor, making his debut in 'Holi' (1984) starring Aamir Khan. Gowariker also acted in TV shows like 'Circus' (1989) and 'CID' (1998) and several films including 'Naam' (1986), 'Chamatkar' (1992) and 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa' (1993). He made his directorial debut in 1993 with 'Pehla Nasha' and went on to direct 'Baazi', 'Lagaan', 'Swades', 'Jodhaa Akbar', 'What's Your Raashee?' and 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey'. He is now gearing up for the release of his next directorial venture 'Mohenjo Daro' with Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde
Subhash Ghai: Subhash Ghai started his career in Bollywood as an actor with small roles in films including 'Taqdeer' (1967) and 'Aradhana' (1971). His directorial debut was the film 'Kalicharan' in 1976. The director's notable films include 'Karz' (1980), 'Hero' (1983), 'Meri Jung' (1985), 'Karma' (1986), 'Ram Lakhan' (1989), 'Saudagar' (1991), 'Khalnayak' (1993), 'Pardes' (1997) and 'Taal' (1999)
Abhishek Kapoor: Not many know that 'Rock On!!' and 'Fitoor' director Abhishek Kapoor actually entered Bollywood as an actor. He made his acting debut opposite Twinkle Khanna in 'Uff! Yeh Mohabbat' in 1996
Amole Gupte: Amole Gupte, who shot to fame as the creative director and screenwriter of 'Taare Zameen Par' in 2007, had earlier acted in films like 'Holi' and 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar'. He donned the hats of a director and a writer in 'Stanley Ka Dabba' and 'Hawaa Hawaai', but continued acting in films like 'Singham Returns' (2014), 'Stanley Ka Dabba' (2011), 'Phas Gaye Re Obama' (2010) and 'Kaminey' (2009)
Rajat Kapoor: Rajat Kapoor made his acting debut in the 1989 film 'Khayal Gatha'. He got his big Bollywood break in 'Dil Chahta Hai' (2001) by playing the uncle of Preity Zinta's character. He received international recognition in Mira Nair's 'Monsoon Wedding' (2001) in which he played an abusive uncle. Since then, he has written, directed and appeared in many critically acclaimed films including 'Bheja Fry'. In 2003, Kapoor wrote and directed 'Raghu Romeo' which failed at the box office but won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. He has also directed films like 'Mixed Doubles', 'Mithya' and 'Anknon Dekhi'
Filmmaker Satish Kaushik was a noted character actor in several Bollywood films? On his birthday, we look back at prolific directors who started off as actors in Bollywood