No godfathers, no tailormade debut offers in the mail and no Karan Johars waiting to pull the strings.
While some actors were born into the lap of luxury, there were others who had nothing but sheer talent and pluck in their corner - The knowledge of their humble beginnings acting as a catalyst that today spurs them onto greater heights. Here’s a look at seven Bollywood actors who worked extremely menial jobs before finding a foothold in the industry:
Ten bucks says that the tale of how a humble bus coolie acquired the status of a God in South Indian cinema makes for a story more fascinating than the scripts of all our Bollywood movies together. All hail Thalaiva.
The story of how this waiter who slept on the kitchen floors in Bangkok transitioned to a bonafide superstar might be commonplace in Bollywood, albeit one that grows more inspiring with every retelling.
Indian cinema would have been left bereft had fate not served this room service waiter a double dose of luck and sent Munnabhai MBBS his way.
He is counted among the more grounded stars of B-town and his resume backs him up on that count - The Gangs of Wasseypur actor has no qualms in admitting that he worked as a chemist for a petrochemical company and as a watchman before getting his first break in the form of a small role in Sarfarosh.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
From serving tea on movie sets as part of his spotboy duties to presiding in the director’s chair and helming National Award winning movies, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has come a long way, and has even further to go.
Rakeysh OmPrakash Mehra
You’ve heard of self-made stars and rags-to-riches stories, but none can beat Smriti Irani who exchanged the mop from her job of scrubbing the floors at McDonalds for the requisite eight layers of jewelry that the lead role of the famous soap Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi demanded.
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