Many beautiful actresses of Bollywood attempted film direction but tragically none of the popular actresses of Bollywood succeeded as director!
Sadhana Shivdasani better is known as Sadhana, the stunningly beautiful actress of the 60’s was as a top-notch actress. She gave multiple hits like Hum Dono, Woh Kaun Thi, Waqt, Arzoo, Mera Saaya, Anita and Ek Phool Do Mali. Her popular fringe haircut is still famous as ‘Sadhana cut’. After marriage with, she developed thyroid and this affected her eyes. Nevertheless, she did make a comeback with films like Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee (1971), Dil Daulat Duniya (1972) but failed to appeal to her fans. Disappointed, she took to the direction and made Geeta Mera Naam (1974). She played a dual role opposite two top stars of the 70’s Feroz Khan and Sunil Dutt. Despite huge star cast, the film was a flop. Later she tried to cover the losses producing a film Pati Parmeshwar (1989) with Dimple Kapadia in lead but the film failed. Finally, she took retirement.
Asha Parekh regarded as the ‘Hit-Girl’ of Bollywood ruled 60 and early 70. She gave many hit films like Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963), Teesri Manzil (1966), Do Badan (1966), Chirag (1969), Kati Patang (1970), Caravan (1971) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978). In 80’s she switched to sister-in-law roles like in Amitabh Bachchan‘s Kaalia (1981). In 1995 she quit acting and took to the direction under her home production Akruti, and produced and directed Television serials like Palash Ke Phool, Baaje Payal, Kora Kagaz and a comedy, Dal Mein Kaala.
Hema Malini the ‘Dream Girl‘ made waves in the ’70s with her spectacular beauty with hit films like Seeta Aur Geeta, Dost (1974), Prem Nagar (1974), Sholay (1975), Khushboo (1975), Kinara (1977) and Razia Sultan (1984) etc. Later, in the early 90’s she took to the direction under her banner Hema Malini Films and made Dil Aashna Hai, starring Shahrukh Khan in the leading roles. She made her second feature film Mohini (1995), starring her niece Madhoo but both films were flops. A decade later she produced and directed her third feature film Tell Me O KKhuda with daughter Esha Deol and husband Dharmendra. Yet again the film failed and she took to politics.
Pooja Bhatt, the eldest daughter of Mahesh Bhatt started her career at the young age of 17 with Daddy (1989) and won instant fame. Later with hit films Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991), Sadak (1991), Chaahat (1996) she ruled the 90’s. Towards the late 90’s she started her production house Pooja Bhatt Production and made some hard-hitting quality cinema. Films like Tamanna (1997), Dushman (1998) and Zakhm (1998), Jism (2003). She made her directorial debut with Paap in 2004, starring John Abraham and Udita Goswami. The film was written by Mahesh Bhatt and won rave review for Pooja Bhatt‘s excellent direction. The highlight of the film was it introduced Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, whose song Mann Ki Lagan became a huge hit and made him popular in India. Her other films as director are Holiday (2006), Dhokha (2007), Kajraare (2010) and Jism 2 (2012). Sadly all her directorial films were flop!!!
There are many more female directors who did succeed, but they only concentrated on directing not on two things