8 Bollywood actors who came to films from diverse professions


Not all Bollywood stars are born with the silver spoons in their mouth and not all get the privilege to get launched by the star parents. Most of them have come from different backgrounds and varied professions. Some always wanted to be actors and some came to this field accidently. They had to sweat and struggle to firstly get into films and then to prove themselves as performers who can deliver success. They have earned the fame and success completely because of their determination and hard-work. Here are 8 such Bollywood stars who started off in some different professions and carved their own path into film industry and to success.

Amitabh Bachchan

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The biggest superstar of Bollywood actually had to struggle a lot to get recognised. Though he was from a well-to-do family and his father was a coveted poet, Amitabh never really was given a red-carpet invite to act in films. Prior to his debut in films, he worked as an executive in a shipping firm and later as a freight broker in another firm. He also was denied a job at All India Radio because of his voice.


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Superstar Rajinikanth who rules over the hearts of his huge fan-following had a very humble beginning. He worked as a bus conductor with Bangalore Transport Services and then started working in stage plays. From there, he struggled, became an actor and has now reached the status of God of South Indian cinema.

Akshay Kumar

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Akshay Kumars story is no less than a plot of a Bollywood film. He went to Bangkok to learn Martial Arts, where he worked as a waiter and later, a chef. He returned to India, but the struggle was not over. He started as a martial arts trainer and then got some modelling assignments after which he got his first break in films.

Boman Irani

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Boman was a waiter and a room service attendant at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai. He also helped his mother in her bakery business. Later on he took up photography as profession. Before Munnabhai MBBS came his way, he was doing theatre in Mumbai as well.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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Now touted as one of the finest actors of the country, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was once a chemist with a petrochemical company. He also worked as a watchman at a theatre in Delhi where he developed interest in acting. He afterwards went on to join National School of Drama and later got break in Bollywood.

Parineeti Chopra

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Parineeti Chopra was a marketing intern at Yash Raj Films and was working in Rani Mukherjees managing team. She always wanted to be in the field of business and marketing and the career in acting happened accidently to her.

Sonakshi Sinha

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Much-praised for her performance in Lootera and touted as the actress with maximum 100-crore films, Sonakshi Sinha was never keen on entering the field of acting. She was a costume designer and worked in the costume department for films like Mera Dil Leke Dekho in 2005, before Dabangg happened to her.

Soha Ali Khan

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Soha who comes from a celebrity family was working as investment banker before her Bollywood debut. She studied modern history from Oxford and then earned a masters degree from prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science. 

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