Bollywood Directors and Their Muses

While every actor has done his part and made a contribution, some actors have repeatedly created cinematic history. The following leading ladies have motivated film directors to make their best films. Here’s our take on some of the most memorable director-muse partnerships over the years:

Waheeda Rehman-Guru Dutt

Guru Dutt discovered the exquisite beauty and brought her talent to the silver screen. Under the tutelage of the legendary director, Waheeda blossomed into a fine actor and starred in successful films like CID, Pyaasa, Chaudvin ka Chand and Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam. The critically acclaimed Kaagaz ke Phool is said to be an autobiography that depicted the complexities of the relationship between the duo.

Nargis-Raj Kapoor

Their on-screen chemistry set the silver screen ablaze, as Nargis and Raj Kapoor became synonymous with passion and love in films. Known to have strong feelings for his muse, the director translated his emotions into some unforgettable performances. Apart from acting in 16 films together, Kapoor directed her in classics like Awaara, Shree 420 and Barsaat.

Parveen Babi-Mahesh Bhatt

Their passionate affair made waves back in the 70s when Mahesh Bhatt was a much-married man and Parveen was a talented but troubled actress. The tempestuous relationship though short left an indelible mark on the director. Inspired by their connection, Bhatt directed the mature drama, Arth. Years later, he directed Woh Lamhe based on their relationship.

Urmila Matondkar-Ram Gopal Verma

Ram Gopal Verma may not have introduced Urmila to the industry but her career hit the highest note in his superhit musical Rangeela. It was RGV’s vision to present Urmila in a super glamorous avatar that changed the course of her career. The actress and director went on to successfully collaborate in Satya, Mast, Bhoot, Daud and Kaun that further defined Urmila’s career.

Kajol-Karan Johar

Childhood buddies, friends and director-muse Karan Johar and Kajol have shared a deep bond over the years. She was his leading lady in films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and My Name is Khan. He also brought her in as a cameo in most of the films that she could not star in. They had a brief and bitter fallout, but the two have thankfully patched up.