Bollywood is a difficult place to make one’s own. Millions of people arrive in Mumbai to pursue their dreams of making it big in Bollywood. And yet, only a select few of them are able to make it anywhere. It is true that Bollywood is increasingly becoming a space which favors nepotism, there are successful actors out there who are really there because they made it fighting the oddest of circumstances. Find Out What These Actors Did Before They Made It Big In Bollywood.
Amitabh Bachchan (pronounced [əmɪˈtaːbʱ ˈbətʃːən]; born 11 October 1942) is an Indian film actor, producer, television host, and former politician. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for films such as Zanjeer, Deewaar, and Sholay, and was dubbed India’s “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. Referred to as the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Star of the Millennium, or Big B, he has since appeared in over 190 Indian films in a career spanning almost five decades. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema as well as world cinema. So total was his dominance on the Indian movie scene in the 1970s and 1980s that the French director François Truffaut called him a “one-man industry.Bachchan made his film debut in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s National Award winning film Bhuvan Shome. In struggling days he applied for a job in the All India Radio(AIR) and his infamous story of getting rejected.
Sonakshi Sinha is an Indian film actress. She is daughter of actors Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha. She made her acting debut in the action-drama film “Dabang”. The actress was a costume designer before she hit the industry.
Arshad Warsi is an Indian film actor and producer. he made his debut in 1996 with “Tere Mere Sapne”, which was a box office success. The ace actor used to sell cosmetics prior to his entry into Bollywood.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui (born 19 May 1974) is an Indian film actor, known for his works in Hindi cinema. An alumnus of the National School of Drama, Siddiqui’s breakthrough role was with Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday (2007), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was a nominee for the Best Film (Golden Leopard) award at the Locarno Film Festival. He is a three-time nominee for Best Supporting Actor at the Filmfare Awards, winning for The Lunchbox.Can you believe this art-house actor worked as a watchman.
Johnny Lever (born 14 August 1957) is an Indian film actor and one of the most noted comedians in Hindi cinema. Lever is one of the first stand-up comedians in India.Lever has received thirteen Filmfare Awards nominations in Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role, and has won the award twice, for his work in Deewana Mastana (1997) and Dulhe Raja (1998). He began his career in 1984, and has acted in more than three hundred Bollywood films.The comic actor used to sell pens at one time. Who knew the same man, one day, would go on to rule the big entertainment industry with his comic timing!
SHAH RUKH KHAN
SHAH RUKH KHAN also known as SRK, is an Indian film actor, producer and television personality. Referred to in the media as the “Badshah of Bollywood”, “King of Bollywood”, “King Khan”, he has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in the world. He made his Bollywood debut in 1992 with Deewana. The King Khan also worked as a concert attendant before he entered the television industry.
R. Madhavan (born 1 June 1970) is an Indian actor, writer and film producer. He has received three Filmfare Awards and an award from the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards along with recognition and nominations from other organisations. He has been described as one of the few actors in India who is able to achieve pan-Indian appeal, having appeared in films from seven different languages.The heartthrob of Bollywood once was a communication skills teacher.
John Abraham is an Indian film actor, producer and a former model who appears in Hindi films. After modelling for numerous advertisements and companies, he made his film debut with Jism, which earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Award nomination. The actor started his career as a media planner.
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, known by his mononymous stage name Rajinikanth, is an Indian film actor and politician who works primarily in Tamil cinema. It is hard to believe that Rajinikant started as a bus conductor in Bangalore Transport Service and went on to literally rule the south cinema industry.
Boman Irani is an Indian film and theatre actor, voice artist and photographer of Parsi Irani descent. He is widely known for his comedic and villain roles in Bollywood films such as Don, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots, Happy New Year, PK and Dilwale. Boman is said to have waited tables at the Taj Hotel.
Parineeti Chopra is an Indian actress and singer who appears in Hindi films.She made her acting debut with an acclaimed performance in the 2011 romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl. The actress was a marketing intern at Yash Raj Films before she entered the industry.