At an age when our biggest worry was which entrance exam to mug up for, these stars were busy laughing their way to the bank.
Showbiz is a fickle business. While some people take decades together to make a mark, there are others who manage to hit the jackpot before even completing the first quarter of their mortal lives. Moolah in the bank, trophies on the shelf and an assortment of big-ticket films in their kitty – Here’s a look at seven Bollywood stars who managed to make it large before turning 25, and in some cases, even lesser:
At the tender age of 19, Alia Bhatt was dazzling audiences with her role as the self-centered Shanaya of Karan Johar’s Student of the Year and has since been cozying up to a bevy of assorted hunks, including Varun Dhawan, Siddarth Malhotra and Arjun Kapoor – All part and parcel of her duty as the next big thing of Bollywood. Best. Job. Ever.
After melting our hearts with her role as Anjali Jr. in KJo’s cult Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Sana turned up the heat as Tanya, the sexy cheerleader alongside Alia in SOTY, and can these days be found sizzling up the small screen with Sexy Sana. Anyone else jealous yet?
After bagging the Most Promising Actor title for her debut role in Teen Patti, young Shraddha Kapoor reaffirmed her presence in Bollywood by romancing Aditya Roy Kapur onscreen (and possibly off, as well) in the 2013 megahit Aashiqui 2 and has since moved on to bag two big budget films opposite Sidharth Malhotra and Shahid Kapoor.
After taking to Telugu cinema at the age of 19, Ileana moved from strength to strength and had a highly acclaimed movie opposite Ranbir Kapoor in her kitty before even crossing 24. Honestly, now we are beginning to get a complex.
People may scoff at her debut in Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl as an opportunity that was gifted to her as courtesy of superstar cousin Priyanka Chopra, but the accolades that she has received since for Ishaqzaade and ensuing roles have all been down to Parineeti. The real shocker though is that award winning films aren’t all that she has to her credit; the bubbly actress even found the time to obtain a triple honors degree from Manchester Business School before touching 25.
His Bollywood debut Vicky Donor may have won him national acclaim, but he was by no means a newbie to showbiz. After indulging his passion for theatre when he turned 18, he took to reality shows and lay claim to the winning title of Roadies 2 by the time he turned 20, post which he took to dazzling the small screen audiences. We’d be more surprised at all that he has achieved since, but one look at that face and we knew Ayushmann was destined for great things.
Lead role in a multiple Academy Award winning film, a plethora of ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ awards and a hot girlfriend in co-star Freida Pinto - ALL before crossing 18. Some people really do have it all, don’t they?
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