Have you ever thought that your favorite Bollywood actor or actress always had everything, from looks and money to fame and fans? The story isn’t always what it is painted to be. Many famous Bollywood directors have started off by cleaning tables and being assistants.
Even the superstar Rajnikanth, the famous Indian film actor, once was a bus conductor, worked in Bangalore and Chennai. He struggled with low income for years before his tables turned.
Here are a few actors who took the long and hard way to stardom.
After spending endless nights, sleeping on a stray bench in the Marine Drive, Mumbai, he was rejected several times by All India Radio. Not losing heart, he waited, and finally got his first salary, a sum of mere Rs. 500. Now, he is an inspiration to many people all over the world! A true ruler of Bollywood.
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Shah Rukh Khan:
Many know him as being a heartthrob and the Ladies’ man in the early 90’s. The struggle before his first real break from DDLJ was hard and faced many hardships, even being forced to sleep on the roads and selling his own tickets to his first movie.
Starting her face to stardom by helping other models with their shoes backstage, this former Miss India struggled to be recognized and filled up as a backup dancer in many films, before getting her first major role in Pappu Can’t Dance Saala.
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Having acted in over 300 Indian films, his contribution to the cinema is amazing and has also earned many Film fare award and fans, including celebrities. Little do people know that he had to drop out of school and take up odd jobs at the age of 12 to support his big family.
This famous comedian and actor have won several awards, and his fandom is big, but he, too, struggled for years, where he admits that for five years, he had a major setback in his career, after having been in a series of unsuccessful films.
His comedy film Khiladi had spread in a wave around the country, and he becomes popular by the minute, but to reach this stage, he had to spend years as a waiter at a restaurant and take random jobs as an unpaid assistant and cook in various places.
No one can achieve popularity in a day. It takes dedication and a small amount of charisma to move the crowd. These actors paid their dues, by waiting on people and struggling for years before meeting their success in Bollywood. These stars rose to fame because of their hard work and patience in believing in themselves, and heaven knows, it has paid off!