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Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar have become one of the best actors in Bollywood movies today with their hard work and passion. Being an outsider, it took time for these stars to establish their identity in the industry, but now the names of these stars are on everyone’s tongue. Few people know that these celebrities have struggled a lot before appearing in films, some have even worked as restaurant waiters and bus conductors.
Amitabh Bachchan, who has been in Bollywood for many decades, has worked in a shipping company as an executive before starting his acting career. The actor was also refused work several times due to his heavy voice. However, today Amitabh Bachchan is the most popular actor of Bollywood. He had gained a lot of fame from films like Zanjeer, Sholay, Dhar.
South superstar Thalaiva gets beaten up at the ticket counter today for getting tickets for Rajinikanth’s films but there was a time when Rajinikanth himself used to distribute tickets in a bus. Yes, the actor used to work as a bus conductor in Bangalore Transport Service before working in films. The actor took admission in Madras Film Institute in 1973 to do diploma in acting, after which he got a break in Tamil film. Rajinikanth has been awarded the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.
Shahrukh Khan, the king of Bollywood, has won the hearts of not only India but the whole world with his acting. The actor came to Mumbai with just Rs 1500. Shahrukh had to spend nights on the railway platform several times in order to spend life in less money. In the days of struggle, the actor has also acted as a concert attendant, even selling the tickets for his 1994 film Kabhi Ya Kabhi Na. Prior to the films, the actor worked in the play where his acting was highly appreciated. He also gained a lot of fame from television shows Fauji and Circus, after which Shah Rukh never looked back.
Boman Irani, who was a part of the best films like Don, Munna Bhai MBBS, Happy New Year and Three Idiots, passed away at an early age. The father left behind a small bakery that Bowman used to support his mother. Later, to help her mother, Bowman started working as a waiter and room service attendant at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, a large hotel in Mumbai. With his saved money, he took a photography course and joined theater. And that is how he slowly started his acting career. Bowman is one of the best actors in the industry today.
Bollywood player Kumar Akshay Kumar has worked as a waiter and chef in a restaurant. Apart from this, Akshay has also been a martial arts trainer. At the beginning of his career in 1990, he acted in several action films in which he himself used to do dangerous stunts. Today, Akshay is the highest-grossing Bollywood actor of the year and the highest-grossing Bollywood actor.
Kangana Ranot, who made her Bollywood debut in the year 2005 with the gangster film, has had a difficult career. His family members wanted him to become a doctor, but Kangana’s heart was sure to act in his mind. Kangna left her home at the age of 16, going against her family members and came to Mumbai alone. Kangana lived here by eating bread and pickles for several days. Kangana tried her luck in modeling and later in theater. Kangana was later trained by theater director Arvind Gaur and made her Bollywood debut.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, called Bollywood’s best actor, has worked as a watchman and chemist for a year and a half in his struggle days. Nawaz, the eldest of eight siblings, reached Delhi in search of a new job after a chemist in Haridwar. Here he tried his hand at play. The actor played a small role in the Aamir Khan starrer film Sarfarosh in the year 1990. After this, actors Shul, Jungle and Munnabhai also appeared in MBBS. After a long struggle, Nawaz started getting great films. Actor Gangs of Wasseypur, Manjhi, Manto, Lunch Box, Kick, Mom have been part of many great films.
Jackie Shroff, popularly known as Jaggu Dada, was a popular actor at one time. The actor used to live with his family in Teen Patti Chola in Mumbai where he was called by all names Jaggu Dada. The actor was very fond of cooking. When Jackie went to Taj to become a chef to earn money, she did not get a job there due to less educated writing. After this, he also gave an interview for the flight attendant but in this too he faced rejections. One day, a man standing in the bus stand suddenly offered to do a modeling. Jackie only asked him if he would get money for this and on hearing yes, Jackie immediately agreed. After modeling, Jackie entered films.
In Munnabhai MBBS film, Arshad Warsi, who used to laugh at everyone in films like Circuit and Golmaal, Dhamaal, used to go from house to house selling salesmen. After this he did small roles in many films and later he got a big break from Tere Mere Sapne.
The journey from Punjab to Mumbai was not easy for actor Dharmendra, who is called Bollywood’s He-Men. After coming here, the actor worked in a drilling firm for several days where he used to get 200 rupees. Actors used to spend the night in the garage only when there was no place to live in Mumbai. The actor became the winner of the Filmfare magazine’s New Talent Award in which he was promised a film, though the film was never made. The actor made his Bollywood debut in the year 1960 with the film Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tera after a long struggle.