Indian actors have always surprised their audience time and again. The fame and name is part of the business, but they have also struggled before making it big in the film industry. From Superstar Rajinikanth to Amitabh Bachchan, everyone has struggled during their initial days. Big B of Bollywood who is the legend of Bollywood has worked for a shipping company. While Ranveer Singh who was praised for his marvelous performance in ‘Padmaavat’ used to work in ad agencies while Nawazuddin Siddiqui has worked as a watchman for more than a year. While our king khan of Bollywood had to sleep in railway stations during his initial days, hence here are some stars who struggled a lot before making it big in the entertainment era.
1. Amitabh Bachchan
Celebrated as the angry young man of Bollywood, he used to work an execute in a shipping company before he became the legend of Bollywood. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for films such as ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Deewaar’, and ‘Sholay’. Amitabh Bachchan has won numerous accolades in his career, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor and many awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies.
He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is the most nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 41 nominations overall.
The real name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, but he is popularly known as Rajinikanth, are an Indian film actor and politician, who works primarily in Tamil cinema. He began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor. In 1973, he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting. Following his debut in K. Balachander’s Tamil drama ‘Apoorva Raagangal’ (1975), his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films.
The Government of India has honored him with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 for his contributions to the arts.
3. Shahrukh Khan
Dearly called the king khan of Bollywood as surely made it big in the film industry. But he has also struggled to be the king of romance. He worked as a concert attendant, and even sold tickets at the booking window of a Mumbai theatre on the opening day of his 1994 film ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’. He also tried his hand at the restaurant business in Delhi as well. He had only Rs 1500 when he came to Mumbai. He sometimes had to sleep on railway platforms as well while he shifted.
The actor had once also said, “I have seen a lot of poverty. I was scared of being poor. I don’t like to be poor and it is this fear that makes me work hard. I don’t let go of any chance or opportunity to earn a living.”
4. Akshay Kumar
Before making it big in Bollywood, he served as a chef and a waiter. Now he is an Indian-born Canadian actor, producer, martial artist, and stuntman and television personality. Apart from acting, Kumar has also worked as a stunt actor; he has often performed many dangerous stunts in his films, which has earned him the sobriquet “Indian Jackie Chan”.
At the beginning of his acting career in the 1990s, he primarily starred in action films and was known for his appearances in films of the Khiladi series as well as other action films such as ‘Mohra’, ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’, ‘Sapoot’ and ‘Angaaray’.
5. Kangana Ranaut
Her parents initially did not approve of her decision of entering into Bollywood. She used to only eat bread and pickle during the initial period. She went to Delhi and became a model and she was just 16 and then went on to do theatre and then later she went to Mumbai to become an actress. Kangana Ranaut initially aspired to become a doctor at the insistence of her parents. Determined to build her own career path, she relocated to Delhi at age sixteen, where she briefly became a model.
After training under the theatre director Arvind Gaur, Ranaut made her feature film debut in the 2006 thriller ‘Gangster’, for which she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
6. Vidya Balan
Winning over six Filmfare Awards, and six Screen Awards, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. Vidya is known for portraying strong protagonists and has been acknowledged in the media for pioneering a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine. But during her initial days, she acted as a TV actress and also did ads as well. Vidya aspired to a career in film from a young age, and had her first acting role in the 1995 sitcom ‘Hum Paanch’.
She pursued a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai and simultaneously made several unsuccessful attempts to start a career in film. She subsequently featured in television commercials and music videos. In 2003 she made her feature film debut as the protagonist of the independent Bengali drama ‘Bhalo Theko’. In 2005 Vidya garnered praise for her first Hindi film, the drama ‘Parineeta’, and followed it with a leading role in the highly successful 2006 comedy film ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’.
7. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin is one of the finest actors of Bollywood, he struggled a lot at the beginning of his career. He worked as a chemist and also a watchman in Delhi for one and a half-year. Siddiqui was born on 19 May 1974 in Budhana, a small town, and a tehsil in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, India, into a zamindari Muslim family of Numberdars. He is the eldest of his eight siblings. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar.
Following this, he worked as a chemist in Vadodara for a year, before leaving for Delhi in search of a new job. Once in Delhi, he was instantly drawn to acting after watching a play.
8. Dev Anand
Dev Anand is the actor who has given a new style to Indian cinema. Timeless classic films like Guide, Kala Pani, and Hare Krishna Hare Ram are on Devanand’s account. His journey did not go smoothly, he worked as a laborer, then moved to the Indian army, and finally got back into movies.
“Hi-Man of India”, Action King crowns did not just come to Dharmendra .. He worked as a plumber before entering the film industry. Dharmendra spent many days in his life with enough income or on an empty stomach..but he worked hard..successfully won Padma Bhushan, many National Awards and Filmfare Awards.