8 Actors Who Made It Big in Bollywood Without a ‘Filmy Family’
Posted On 7th May, 2014 @ 14:06 pm by MTV Editor

It may be a task for star kids to be constantly compared to their legendary parents but the fact remains that they at least have a foot in the door. Bollywood ‘outsiders’ living the silver screen dream is, however, stuff of inspiring fairy tales.

Here are 8 actors who made it big in Bollywood: 


1. Kangana Ranaut

This supremely talented beauty from Himachal Pradesh roughed it up in Bollywood to become a star today. Her superlative performances in films like Tanu Weds Manu, Fashion and Queen have truly elevated her to the position of Bollywood's queen bee.  And while others don't really say much about standing up on their own two feet, she makes sure that people notice the open nepotism that happens in Bollywood and speaks up against it whenever need be.




2. Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone wanted to follow in papa Padukone's footsteps and become a national level Badminton player. Padukone, from her debut film, has worked extremely hard to make it in Bollywood. She is now, rightfully, ruling the roost in Bollywood and Hollywood alike.

Deepika Padukone



3. Nawazuddin Siddiqui

All of his struggles as a watchman and an extra paid off when Bollywood finally paid attention to his unique offering as an actor. Siddiqui has grown from strength to strength; his performances in films like Kahani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Manjhi The Mountain Man, Raman Raghav 2.0  and more are truly commendable.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui



4. Priyanka Chopra

From being a pageant winner to becoming an international senstation, Priyanka Chopra has worked endlessly for her achievements. She refers to herself as 'the other Chopra clan'. Might we add, she's building quite a legacy herself.

Priyanka Chopra



5. Anushka Sharma

Another ramp to screen story, Anushka Sharma's spunk and talent won her a Yash Raj Film deal and there has been no looking back since. From actor to producer, this pretty young thing keeps us suprised.

Anushka Sharma



6. Rajkummar Rao

This National award winning actor has impressed us with his soul stirring performances in Shahid, Kai Po Che and Trapped. Without a big daddy backing, Rao has proven that talent doesn't need a big banner.

Rajkummar Rao



7. Vidya Balan

She started her journey as Radhika from the popular television show, Hum Paanch. After years of honing her skills, Balan was picked up for Parineeta and the rest as they say is history. Don't miss the generous sprinkling of national awards.

Vidya Balan



8. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Another pageant winner, Aishwarya Rai might be a Bollywood powerhouse today but she has worked hard for everything she has achieved. Unparallel beauty and talent, she's quite the package.

Aishwarya Rai



Think we missed out on someone? Tell us in the comments below.





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