Not all actors who are have made it big in the film industry are from a filmy background. In fact, most of them are not. Today’s most successful actors too, have struggled with various odd jobs in their early lives before they found their footing as actors. You will be surprised to hear what jobs some of your favorite actors held before they became superstars, which only goes to show that if you work hard and follow your dreams, one day you shall succeed.

Read below to find out what these actors were doing before they became successful and be inspired!

Akshay Kumar 

Before They Made it Big- BookMyShowBollywood’s Khiladi travelled to Bangkok to learn martial arts before he became a model, actor Akshay Kumar. It was there that Akshay (he was known as Rajiv Bhatia at the time) worked as a waiter and chef. He became a martial arts teacher after his return back to India and eventually entered the modelling profession which paved his way into films.


Before They Made it Big- BookMyShowWho would have thought this South Indian demigod once worked as a bus conductor in his youth? Rajinikanth took up odd jobs like that of a coolie and a carpenter because of financial problems. He started his acting career with stage plays before getting noticed.

Shahid Kapoor

Before They Made it Big- BookMyShowThere is no denying the fact that Shahid is an amazing dancer. However, did you know that he was a part of Shaimak Davar’s dance troupe before he became an actor? He was one of the backup dancers in the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Taal. 

Ranveer Singh

Before They Made it Big- BookMyShowAfter completing his education in the United States, Singh returned to India and worked as a copywriter in advertising agencies like O&M and J. Walter Thompson. But Ranveer was bitten by the acting bug when he was a child and continued to pursue his dream of becoming an actor and look where he is today!

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Before They Made it Big- BookMyShowSiddiqui, who impressed everyone with his acting and capability to play any role with finesse, worked as a Chief Chemist in Baroda after completing his studies. He became a part of a theatre group in Delhi and simultaneously worked as a watchman before he moved to Mumbai in 2000.

Boman Irani

Before They Made it Big- BookMyShowBefore he became famous for his comic roles in the film industry, Boman Irani worked as a waiter for two years after which, he began working in his family’s shop, which made potato wafers. He eventually became a photographer and covered various sports events and even worked at The Times of India before joining theatre and then films.     

So how inspired are you after reading these celebrities struggle stories?


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