Every business is based on the return of investment and Bollywood is no different. It is a gamble where the money is put on those actors who seem to have a promising career. Therefore, many talents go unseen. However, a sheer stroke of luck and these unspoken, unheard, unseen talents find themselves revelling in the glory of stardom. An overnight stardom is what the world of glitz and glamour is about.

Listing 5 lesser known actors who made it big in the industry:

Vidya Balan

She started her career with soaps and TVCs, went on to do music videos but was untapped until Vidhu Vinod Chopra changed her fate with Parineeta. Once upon a time, an untamed, dreamy-eyed chick waited for lyricist Gulzar to attend a music launch and years later the tables had turned, it was Gulzar who waited for the Ooh La La girl to inaugurate his new album. Vidya outdid herself with every performance and managed to bag the National Award for her sensuous performance in The Dirty Picture. Next came Kahaani and soon a Padma Shri (the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India) landed in her kitty. All this in a very less time.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

This man comes from the crop of actors who make it big with their non-glamorous image. Many stories have been heard about Nawazuddin’s struggling days. From taking a job of a watchman to a junior artist (Black Friday, Sarfarosh, Paan Singh Tomar, Dev D, Peepli Live etc) to an archtypal cop in Kahaani, it was a story of rags to riches and a long walk to fame for Nawazuddin.

Chandan Roy Sanyal

Only a few films old, Chandan Roy Sanyal has carved a niche for himself with his adept and prolific acting. From a supporting role in Rang De Basanti, he also played the role of Joseph D’Costa in Midnight’s Children. Although his short height became a deterrent in the initial phase of his career (owing to which he lost a pivotal role in Delhi 6), he was showered with praises and awards for his role in Kaminey. Sanyal continues to amaze the audience with the roles he has been taking up off-late.

Rajkummar Rao

Love Sex Aur Dhokha was perhaps a curtain-raiser to bring forth an immensely talented actor. From LSD to Ragini MMS to supporting roles in Gangs of Wasseypur 2 to Talaash to going solo in films like Shahid, Rajkummar has grown as an actor. Talking about the natural ability of this actor renowned critic Rajeev Masand says, “…it takes Rajkummar Yadav just one scene – in which he’s merely a spectator with a single line of dialogue – to show what a good actor can bring even to a small part.”

Piyush Mishra

It might come as a shock and a surprise for many movie buffs out there that his genius was considered for the role of Prem in Maine Pyar Kiya. However, Mishra declined the role and went on to pave his path. Although he rooted himself in Bollywood as a music director, lyricist, singer and scriptwriter, he got to do a few insignificant supporting roles until Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal created a furore.

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