Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses. Every famous Bollywood director has a muse of his own. Today we are going to take look at all the Bollywood directors and their muses.
Whenever there is a muse-mentor relationship, either there is a proliferation of genius or a lot of dirty rumors, heartbreak and drama. Although, yes, both make for immortal stories - as these have and will. Sometime the muse-mentor relationship does turn into love like that of Vikram Bhatt and Ameesha Patel but not all the muse mentor relations in Bollywood are like this.
It could be the beauty, or the brains - or the combination of both. Since there has been cinema, there have been filmmakers obsessed with women who inspire them to make their greatest creations. It's not just directors artist like M.F Hussain whose muse was Madhuri Dixit always drew his inspiration from her and the duo shared a deep bond. Ram Gopal Varma too is known for his relationship with his muses, we are not talking about romantic involvement but that of the actresses inspiring him to make movies, it started of with Urmila Matondkar and many other followed but what bond he had with Urmila could never be replicated with any of his other muses in his movies and probably that's why we have not seen him deliver a good movie in a really long time.
We are listing out all the beautiful divas who are muses to the Bollywood film makers. here are top 10 Bollywood directors and their muses...
Kajol - Karan Johar
Another contemporary muse of a famous director is Kajol. Right from the cult ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' to ‘My Name Is Khan' - Karan Johar loves Kajol to be his leading lady! He even cast her in his latest offering ‘Student Of The Year' in a special appearance. And currently, the air is thick with rumors that he might be planning her comeback in a new movie. Well, we have to wait and see!
Aishwarya Rai - Sanjay Leela Bhansali
All of Aishwarya Rai's fans are inspired by her beauty - let alone Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He first cast her in his superhit movie ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' - and then went on to make ‘Devdas' and ‘Guzaarish' with her. Present status? Well, SLB is now involved with a TV series ‘Saraswatichandra' - where the similarities between the protagonist and Aishwarya in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' have been noted not just by the critics!
Mahima Chaudhry- Subhash Ghai
Although Mahima Chaudhry's first and only film with Subhash Ghai was ‘Pardes' (1997) - he was the one who discovered her. Besides, he was superstitious about the letter M, so he rechristened her Mahima. She was actually born Ritu Chaudhry. What started out as a brilliant mentor-muse relationship became embroiled in legal dramas. Mahima went on to say in interviews that Ghai was "too possessive". Ouch!
Urmila Matondkar - Ram Gopal Verma
One of the most successful director-muse relationships of recent times, Urmila was the original muse of director RGV before Antara Mali came along. He has casted her in a number of his movies - from ‘Antham' (1992) to ‘Satya' (1998), ‘Kaun' (1999), ‘Bhoot' (2003) and ‘Ek Hasina Thi' (2004).
Amisha Patel – Vikram Bhatt
Another Bhatt found a muse in his lady love. Vikram Bhatt met Amisha in the sets of ‘Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage' in 2002, and that was the turning point of their professional relationship to a personal one. Nothing came of it, just like the others - as they parted ways after 5 years - despite wedding bells clearly sounding in the future.
Meenakshi Seshadri – Rajkumar Santoshi
Director Rajkumar Santoshi, who casted Meenakshi in the lead role of the cult movie ‘Damini' (1993), was said to be head-over-heels over the beauty queen. He in fact made a number of overtures to her, but she rejected him. He also honed her talent for movies like ‘Ghayal'.
Parveen Babi - Mahesh Bhatt
The troubled actress left quite a mark on the director's heart. He was so smitten even after the end of their 2-year long live-in relationship that he dedicated his 1982 movie ‘Arth' to Babi. Smita Patil's role in the movie was based on her. After the actress died in 2005, the director went on to make ‘Woh Lamhe' which was based on his relationship with Babi.
Asha Parekh – Nasir Hussain
The yesteryear diva was the apple of the directorial eye of Nasir Hussain - she was casted in not less than 7 movies by him. Rumors flew thick about their secret affair - although Hussain was a married man. She squelched those rumors by saying she had a boyfriend, but she continued to live a life of a single woman. Their most successful collaborations were ‘Teesri Manzil' (1966) and ‘Caravan' (1971).
Nargis - Raj Kapoor
Another actor-director who was inspired by a beauty was Raj Kapoor. From the 1948 classic ‘Aag', they went on to work together in 16 films! It was believed that Nargis was Raj Kapoor's lucky charm - and he went on to replay their first meeting in real life in his 1973 movie ‘Bobby'.
Waheeda Rahman - Guru Dutt
Guru Dutt was the man behind Waheeda Rahman's discovery. He was the one who initiated her into Bollywood, and helped her get the role of the vamp in the 1956 thriller ‘CID'. Since then, she had acted in five of his movies - ‘Pyaasa' (1957), ‘12 O'clock' (1958), ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool' (1959), ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam' and ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chand' (1961). Their relationship has been the cynosure of many contemporaries and later critics - although she maintains that Dutt was her mentor.