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Meet Bollywood's talented director couples

Last updated on: October 4, 2012 18:05 IST

Meet Bollywood's talented director couples

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How stormy does a relationship get when both partners are directors, pouring out their creative juices on the film at hand? Gauri Shinde, who directs this week's release English Vinglish, has a few thoughts on that subject.

After all, her husband is R Balki, who has made such acclaimed films like Cheeni Kum and Paa.

Of course, that's all in a day's work for them, and many other talented directors, who are married to each other.

Here's a look at married director duos in the film industry.


Image: R Balki and Gauri Shinde
Photographs: Jag Gundu/Getty Images

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Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao

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Aamir Khan made his directorial debut with the much-lauded Taare Zameen Par in 2007.

His wife Kiran Rao, who started her film career as an assistant director on Lagaan, made her first film Dhobi Ghat in 2011, and directed her perfectionist husband in it. It opened to rare reviews.


Image: Kiran Rao and Aamir Khan
Photographs: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

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Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges

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Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, who also directed the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Bride & Prejudice, has been married to American screenwriter and director Paul Mayeda Berges for more than a decade.

Berges has directed Mistress of Spices, another film starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, in 2005. Unfortunately, he didn't get it right.


Image: Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha
Photographs: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

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Ketan Mehta and Deepa Sahi

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Filmmaker Ketan Mehta, who directed Mangal Pandey: The Rising and the still-unreleased Rang Rasiya, is married to actress/director Deepa Sahi.

Sahi has acted in several Ketan Mehta films including Maya Memsaab and Aar Ya Paar.

In 2011, she directed the flop, Tere Mere Phere.


Image: Ketan Mehta and Deepa Sahi
Photographs: Rediff Archives

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Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan

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Veteran director Mahesh Bhatt has directed some brilliant films in the past, and still produces some big hits.

He is married to actress/filmmaker Soni Razdan.

Razdan had directed the 2005 thriller Nazar, starring Pakistani actress Meera, which bombed.


Image: Soni Razdan and Mahesh Bhatt
Photographs: Rediff Archives

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