Inspiring stories of famous bollywood celebs who struggled really hard to make it big!
It is comparatively easy to gain entry in Bollywood for “star” kids, it’s really difficult when you don’t have any inside ‘connection’. Some of our favourite Bollywood celebrities are also the ones who didn’t have any backing in the industry, but had to make it here on their own. Fame never comes easy, especially for stars. Starting from superstars like Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Kangana Ranaut, Akshay Kumar and many more, they all had their own share of rejections, struggles, and did odd jobs to earn their bread and butter.
Here, take a look at how these 12 famous bollywood celebs struggled before they got famous…
1. Jackie Shroff : Ticketing assistant with a travel agency called Trade Wings. Before becoming a star, Jackie Shroff used to live in a Chawl in Teen Batti, Mumbai and use to walk longer or travel by local train for a role for 6 years.
2. Amitabh Bachchan : The iconic superstar of Bollywood who was once rejected by radio stations for his baritone voice. After being rejected by a radio company many times, Amitabh Bachchan used to sleep on a bench on Marine drive during his struggling days.
3. Nawazuddin Siddiqui : Nawazuddin Siddiqui came from a farming background. He worked as a chemist and watchman before moving to Mumbai. He got a lot of flak for his looks, and never quite managed to land a role in television for several years. He made his Bollywood debut in 1999 with a small role in the Aamir Khan starrer Sarfarosh, but went unnoticed. Nawazuddin was largely out of work from 2002 to 2005, and lived in a rented apartment that he shared with four other people. He was finally recognised for his role in Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday.
4. Shah Rukh Khan : The “King” Khan of Bollywood earned his first salary by working as an usher in a concert. During his early days, tried his hand at a restaurant business in Dariya Ganj, but failed. Earned his first salary of Rs. 50 by working as an usher at a concert in Delhi. Sold his own movie tickets at the day of release of his movie Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. The Badshah slept on roads near the Oberoi hotel for many days before he got a role in Deewana opposite Divya Bharti.
5. Govinda : Got his break with a fertiliser commercial. Govinda, who used to stay in a chawl in Virar, would go to Rajshri Studio everyday, but was rejected on the basis of being too young.
6. Kangana Ranaut : Kangana belonged to a conservative, joint family in Himachal Pradesh, and initially her parents didn’t approve her decision to enter entertainment industry. She moved to Delhi to be a model when she was just 16, and later joined a theatre group. Shunning any kind of financial aid from her family, the actor many times ate only ‘bread and pickle’ during her struggling period, and has even claimed being subject to physical abuse.
7. Madhuri Dixit : No random jobs, studied to be a microbiologist, got her unexpected break into filmdom with Abodh where she played a shy teenager. As a newcomer, Madhuri Dixit got plenty of negative feedback from the industry, especially from then-established actors like Meenakshi Sheshadri. Post her incredible success in Bollywood, the Dhak dhak girl came to be known an Bollywood’s Dancing Queen.
8. Johny Lever : One of the most noted comedians of Bollywood, once sold pens on the streets. Had to quit studying post 7th standard. Had to take up odd jobs at the age of 12. Used to sell pens on the streets. Also worked in Hindustan Lever Ltd. plant, where he picked up his last name ‘Lever’.
9. Manoj Bajpai : Initially taught at Salaam Balak Trust in Delhi. At a time when Manoj Bajpai had no money at all, he agreed to do the serial Swabhimaan for a mere fee of Rs 2,000. Today, he is one of the most well-respected actors in the country, known for his mindblowing performances in movies like Satya and Gangs of Wasseypur.
10. Neha Dhupia : The former Miss India Neha Dhupia used to help models with their shoes backstage for a long period.
11. Irrfan Khan : Early In His Career, The Versatile Irrfan Khan Wasn’t Paid For Some Of The Movies In Which He Acted. The Producers Bluntly Told Him That His Work Doesn’t Merit Any Pay. Struggled for 6 years for a true break.
12. Akshay Kumar : The true “Khiladi” of Bollywood once used to work as a waiter in a restaurant. Would shuffle between Bangkok, Singapore and India and sell clothes and other products. The Khiladi also tried his hands at aiding people to buy and sell flats, he would cut his commission in between.