When Bollywood directors made cameos in movies
Karan Johar, Subhash Ghai, Rohit Shetty, Farah Khan, Zoya Akhtar and Kiran Rao among others have made cameo appearances in Bollywood films. Here’s a list of directors who’ve done blink-and-miss roles in movies.
Farah KhanFarah Khan and Nikkhil Advani in a still from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).
Farah Khan has made cameo appearances in nearly a dozen films. Her first cameo was in 1998 film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as one of the girls on The Neelam Show. Farah also played one of the college students who makes fun of Anjali (Kajol) in another scene. Later, Farah was seen in films like Kal Ho Naa Ho, Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, Joker, Student of the Year, apart from the end credits of her own directorials.
Filmmaker Nikhil Advani also appeared with Farah Khan in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He played the guy who announced his love for Farah on The Neelam Show.
Karan JoharKaran Johar was also an assistant director on Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge.
Karan Johar made his full-fledged acting debut in Bombay Velvet (2015). But before that, he made cameo appearances in Om Shanti Om, Luck By Chance and Fashion. His first screen appearance was in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). He played one of the friends of Raj Malhotra (Shah Rukh Khan).
Punit MalhotraPunit Malhotra in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001).
Remember the guy who bowls to Hrithik Roshan’s Rohan in the cricket match at the start of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham? The guy was Punit Malhotra who was assisting KJo at that time.
Shakun BatraShakun Batra in the Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na song “Pappu Can’t Dance Saala”.
Who would’ve thought that Pappu’s geeky friend Nilesh in the song “Pappu Can’t Dance Saala” would one day end up directing movies like Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and Kapoor and Sons?
Ayan MukerjiAyan Mukerji in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
In Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Ayan Mukerji played a passerby in the song “Tumhi Dekho Naa”. In his own directorial Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, he played one of the wedding party guests sitting near Ranbir Kapoor as he sang “Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein”.
Rohit ShettyRohit Shetty in a still from Poshter Boyz.
It is said that on the request of Shreyas Talpade, Rohit Shetty agreed to make an appearance in Poshter Boyz (2014). Rohit also played himself in Shamitabh (2015).
Zoya AkhtarZoya Akhtar in Kama Sutra.
Zoya Akhtar played one of the students of Rasa Devi (Rekha) in Mira Nair film Kama Sutra (1997). Zoya was 25 at that time.
Ashutosh GowarikerAshutosh Gowariker in a still from Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994).
A regular face on television in the 1980s, Ashutosh Gowariker made appearances in Shah Rukh Khan-starrers Chamatkar and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa among others.
Madhur BhandarkarFashion (2008) marks the only screen appearance of Madhur Bhandarkar.
In Fashion, Madhur Bhandarkar played Madhur Bhandarkar researching for a film about fashion. Well, that’s what the filmmaker did. He is seen at a fashion show party doing research for a movie he’s making.
Subhash GhaiSubhash Ghai in a scene from Taal.
Alfred Hitchcock might be the master of cameos in Hollywood. In India, Subhash Ghai followed suit with appearances in his movies like Karz, Hero, Ram Lakhan, Khalnayak, Pardes, Taal, Yaadein and more.
Siddharth AnandSiddharth Anand, known for action films like War and Bang Bang, played a cab driver in Salaam Namaste.
In the outtakes of Salaam Namaste (2005), Preity Zinta revealed director Siddharth Anand got cold feet before shooting his portion. In the film, Siddharth played a cab driver who drives Amber in the climax sequence, and calls Nick to inform him about her whereabouts.
Kiran RaoKiran Rao had a blink-and-miss moment in Dil Chahta Hai (2001).
Prakash Jha might have done memorable roles in Jai Gangaajal, Saand Ki Aankh and soon-to-release Matto Ki Saikal, but his first appearance was in his own directorial Satyagraha. He played a common man opposite Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Ajay Devgn, just before the revolution begins in the film.
Anurag KashyapAnurag Kashyap and Vishal Dadlani in Happy New Year (2014).
He’s now an actor too. But before taking up proper character roles, Anurag Kashyap made cameo appearances in Black Friday, No Smoking, Luck by Chance, Happy New Year and Dev.D.
Yash Chopra and Yash JoharYash Chopra and Yash Johar in a song in Dil Toh Pagal Hai.
Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997) begins with the song “Ek Duje Ke Vaaste” that had shots of various couples. And among various lovers, filmmakers Yash Chopra and Yosh Johar are seen with their respective wives – Pamela Chopra and Hiroo Johar.
Rakeysh Omprakash MehraRakeysh Omprakash Mehra made a cameo appearance in his own film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
In Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra played a pilot who calms down Farhan Akhtar’s Milkha Singh on board a flight. Rakeysh played himself in Shamitabh.
Rajkumar HiraniRajkumar Hirani appeared alongside Aamir Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma in Luck By Chance. Also seen here is director Reema Kagti.
Raju Hirani made cameo appearances in Luck By Chance and Shamitabh. While he is seen with Aamir Khan directing a period drama in Luck By Chance, he is spotted by Dhanush on a film set in Shamitabh.
When Bollywood directors made cameos in movies