In the 50’s and 60’s, the trinity of Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar was such that millions of people were passionate about their acting. But, Raj Kapoor used to direct his films too.
Kangana Ranaut has been named as co-director in the new film “Manikarnika-Jhansi Ki Rani” made on Rani Laxmibai.
Guru Dutt, Dev Anand and Kishore Kumar were also actors as well as directors.
So have there been such actresses who have earned similar names in acting as well as in directing. Guided himself as Raj Kapoor, Kishore Kumar, Guru Dutt or Dev used to rejoice.
Go to Flashback, then come in the future, Fatima Begum is also called the first female film director of Hindi cinema. In 1926, he directed the film ‘Bulbul a precinct’.
Silent Films Round
It was a period of silent films, and often the man’s role of heroine was also done. But in 1922, Fatima acted as a heroine in the film Veer Abhimanyu.
Within a few years, he started writing, directing and producing his own banner. That was the big thing at that time. They often make fantasy films and use photography as such that they look like a special effect.
Fatima continued working as a heroine in Begum Kohinoor and Imperial Studios big films as well as directing films like Heer Ranjha, Shakuntala under her banner.
His daughter Zubaida became the heroine of the first talkie film ‘Alam Ara’ in 1931.
When the movie was made by Maa Launchu Nutan
Similarly, Shobhana Samarth was the big star of the 40s – Nutan and Tanuja’s mother and Kajol’s grandmother.
In films like Bharat Milap, Ram State, she was so famous in the role of Sita that when she used to photograph Sita as a picture on the calendar, when she came in the film, people began flowing in reverence.
When it came to launching the daughters Nutan and Tanuja, Shobhana took charge of directing and producing.
Most of the time, big actors launch their sons, but Shobhana Samarth has started his own film career and started the career of both the daughters. Nutan and Tanuja were launched in our daughter (1950). Chhabli (1960) was also the same director.
Leela Chitnis, who became the first Indian female model for the films like Kangan, Bandhan and Jhula, with Asoka Kumar in the 30’s and 40’s, also directed ‘Today’s talk’ in 1955.
Pratima Dasgupta, who acted as a heroine in the 40s, directed some films. But, after seeing the film ‘Jharna’ created in 1948, it is said that the Chief Minister of Bombay Presidency Morarji Desai had banned it because he thought the film was very exciting.
In the coming years, Sai Paranjapei was a female director like Kalpana Lajmi, but the trend of directing while acting as a big actress was still slow.
In the meanwhile, actress Aparna Sen acted in ‘Three Girls’ in 1961 in the direction of Satyajit Ray in Bengal. Aparna soon took over as an actress and won many awards. By making ’36 Chowringhee Lane ‘in 1981, he joined the list of those few actresses who were also directors.
In 2010, Aparna Sen directed not only film ‘Iti Mrinalini’ but also acted in the film with her daughter Konkona. Earlier in 2002, he also directed Konkona in ‘Mr. and Mrs Iyer’.
Actor Hema Malini broke Divya Bharati and Shahrukh Khan in the 90s and directed ‘Dil Aashna’. But he did not work in his film.
Who can forget Revathy’s ‘Friends-My Friend’ in 2002, in which Revathy acted and directed. The film also became famous for the All-Woman Crew.
Why fewer actresses are made director
Talk about the new generation, there are many actresses who are directing films too. Aparna Sen’s daughter Konkona Sen directed her debut movie ‘A Died in the Ganj’ in 2017. Although not working in it.
Actress Nandita Das also made Firak and Manto but stayed away from acting.
When Amir Khan directed ‘Taare Zameen Par’, and was in the role of a teacher or Ajay Devgan created it in 2016, he was also a director and hero also.
In the earlier period, when Raj Kapoor or Kishore Kumar or Guru Dutt were also the directors of his film, he always had a role in Life in the film. But the count of such heroines is limited.
The number of female directors in movies has always been low in the industry. Therefore, these maths have been against women since the beginning.
A woman director, who is also a heroine of the film, is still considered to be a little risky.
It should be noted that this story does not mention the women who direct only, Farah Khan, Zoya Akhtar, rather than talking to them, who are acting as well as their director of the film.
Talk about those other languages, Savitri (the second wife of Gemini Ganesan) in Telugu was among the most famous heroines there, and while directing the heroine, she directed three big films in the 60’s.
Talking about Marathi, many actresses are directing films like Mrinal Kulkarni.
This list is also small in Hollywood – there are some actresses like Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Jodie Foster who directed films.