When wives double up as muses for filmmaker hubbies
Filmmakers, in the search for the ideal muse, often end up marrying their heroines. As Joel Coen and Tim Burton have repeatedly shown with Frances McDormand and Helena Bonham Carter respectively, this can be a very clever and confident mood indeed.
As we prepare to see Anurag Kashyap's latest production Shaitan, featuring wife Kalki Koechlin leading an ensemble cast, in theatres this Friday, here's a look at other Bollywood filmmakers working with their wives on screen.
Image: Kalki Koechlin and Anurag Kashyap (inset)
That Girl In Yellow Boots: Kalki and Anurag
The film isn't out in theatres yet, but the buzz on Kashyap's projects is always strong -- except in this case perhaps overshadowed by his wife's acting prowess.
Image: Kalki Koechlin and Anurag Basu (inset)
Waqt: Race Against Time: Shifali and Vipul Shah
Shefali Shah was quite possibly the best thing about this prolonged family drama, however, and the director's faith in his spouse was justified.
Image: Shifali Shah and Vipul Shah (inset)
Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota: Ratna Pathak and Naseeruddin Shah
In a mature and beautiful love scene with Paresh Rawal, Ratna provided the film's truest moment.
Image: Ratna Pathak Shah, Paresh Rawal and Naseeruddin Shah
U Me Aur Hum: Kajol and Ajay Devgn
Image: A still from U Me Aur Hum
Jhootha Hi Sahi: Pakhi and Abbas Tyrewala
Written by the wife in question, the film bombed and was killed by all critics.
Image: Pakhi and Abbas Tyrewala (inset)
Maya Memsaab: Deepa Sahi and Ketan Mehta
The film is about a young wife increasingly bored with her gentle husband (Farooque Sheikh) and seeking refuge in lovers and dreams.
Image: Deepa Sahi and Ketan Mehta (inset)
Sadak: Soni Razdan and Mahesh Bhatt
Razdan plays sister to Sanjay Dutt's disturbed protagonist Ravi, and while her screentime is limited, she delivers a strong performance indeed.
Image: Soni Razdan and Mahesh Bhatt
Zamana Deewana: Kiran Juneja and Ramesh Sippy
Sippy didn't direct many films but several years later in his Zamaana Deewana, Kiran played Shalini, a criminal psychologist. It was a role both amusing and interesting, and Kiran worked it well.
Image: Raveena Tandon, Kiran Juneja and Ramesh Sippy (inset)
Pakeezah: Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi
As the film slowly but elaborately progressed, the couple split up and abandoned the film, only completing it later after friends Sunil Dutt and Nargis insisted. Tragically, Kumari, often ill during the final leg of the film's making, died within weeks of its release.
Image: Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi (inset)
The wife's turn: Dhobi Ghat
It isn't as if husbands have to be the only people directing. Kiran Rao made a celebrated directorial debut earlier this year with her Dhobi Ghat, where husband Aamir Khan played one of his best roles to date. Playing an urban, Mumbai-based painter, Khan was restrained and understated and delivered very strongly indeed - something we hadn't seen for quite some time.
Earlier, in Pooja Bhatt's production of Rog, her husband Munish Makhija made a rare big-screen appearance.
Image: Kiran Rao and Aamir Khan