17 Popular Actor-Director Duos In Bollywood

Connections matter a lot in Bollywood because filmmaking is teamwork. This is the reason that Bollywood often shows up with some strong pairs. Mostly there are on-screen pairs of actors, couples, characters, and many more.

Here, we are giving you the list of 17 Actor-director duos in Bollywood that share a really special and lucrative bond.

1. Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya

Sooraj Barjatya is the reason that Salman Khan became famous with the name ‘Prem’. The duo did Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Maine Pyar Kiya, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, and Hum Saath Saath Hai together. Maine Pyar Kiya was the first big hit film of Salman Khan.

2. Shahrukh Khan and Karan Johar/Yash Chopra

Shahrukh Khan has family-like relations with both Yash Chopra and Karan Johar clan! Shah Rukh Khan featured in most of Karan Johar’s directed films.

Some big hits include Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, and My Name Is Khan.

Shah Rukh Khan has a good actor-director bond with Late Yash Chopra too. They have given 4 epic romantic movies titled Darr, Veer-Zara, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, and Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

3. David Dhawan and Govinda 

This duo has delivered back-to-back hits movies for years and most of the movies are family entertainers.

From Raja Babu to Partner, the duo has given us many gems.

4. Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty

The duo is famous for their Golmaal and Singham series. Little you know that they had collaborated long before for the movie Zameen.

It looks like Ajay Devgn is the first choice for the director Rohit Shetty. 

5. Sunny Deol and Rajkumar Santoshi

There’s nothing right between Sunny Deol and Rajkumar Santoshi now. But the duo is famous for some of the biggest hit movies in Sunny Deol filmography.

3 best movies of Sunny Deol career, Ghayal, Ghatak, and Damini were directed by Rajkumar Santoshi.

6. Sanjay Dutt and Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani is one of the best directors working in Bollywood. He formed a good pair with Sanjay Dutt and delivered the hit Munnabhai series.

Apart from this, he made a whole movie on the life of Sanjay Dutt.

7. Katrina Kaif and Kabir Khan

Kabir Khan has directed a few movies in Bollywood and he cast Katrina in 3 big movies of his.

The hit actor-director duo has given us blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger, and critically acclaimed Phantom and New York.

8. Akshay Kumar Vipul Shah/Priyadarshan

Akshay Kumar does many movies in a year. This is the reason that he formed a deep connection with his directors. He has done many movies with Priyadarshan.

Akshay has done many good films with director Vipul Shah too.

9. Anushka Sharma and Maneesh Sharma

Maneesh Sharma made a great actor-director Jodi with Anushka Sharma. They have done 2 blockbuster films together, but this Jodi is an exception to this list.

They worked together in Band Baaja Baarat and Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl.

10. Shahid Kapoor and Vishal Bharadwaj

Shahid Kapoor shines whenever he collaborates with director Vishal Bharadwaj. They worked together in Kaminey, Haider, and Rangoon.

11. Emraan Haashmi and Mohit Suri

Emraan has potential but never considered a good actor until Mohit Suri directed him in some beautiful movies.

He worked on movies like Awarapan, Zeher, Kalyug, and Hamari Adhuri Kahani.

12. Ranbir Kapoor and Ayan Mukerji

Ranbir and Ayan are the best friends in Bollywood. The duo has worked together in many films like Wake Up Sid, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, and of course the much talked Brahmastra series.

13. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Aishwarya Rai/Deepika Padukone

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has formed a great bond with his actresses. He did 3 awesome movies with Aishwarya as well as Deepika. It would be great if you mention the movie name in the comment box.

14. Amitabh Bachchan and R.Balki

Amitabh Bachchan has formed great pairs with his actresses, co-stars, and also with his directors. However, in recent years, he made many films with R. Balki.

15. Anand L Rai and Kangana Ranaut

Anand L. Rai is famous for making a blend of commercial and critically acclaimed movies. The director has made Tanu Weds Manu series with Kangana Ranaut.

16. Hansal Mehta Rajkummar Rao

Hansal Mehta has made most of his career-best films with Rajkumar Rao. They did 4 movies together and all are very different from each other. The movies include Omerta, Aligarh, Shahid, and Citylight.

17. Ranbir kapoor Imtiaz Ali

Ranbir Kapoor made another hit actor-director duo with Imtiaz Ali. They together gave two hit films like Rockstar and Tamasha to Bollywood.