If you have a dream and the right amount of talent, nothing can stop you from making it big in life. It doesn’t really matter how small a place you belong to and our favorite Bollywood celebs are the best example for this.

These people today are recognized all across the globe but most of them started their journey from small Indian towns where they worked hard to fulfill their dreams.

Here are 11 Bollywood celebs who made it big despite belonging to small hometowns!

1) Manoj Bajpai

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The man who gave us goosebumps with his performance in movies like Satya and Aligarh hails from Belwa in West Champaran- a tiny village that borders on Nepal. He has given the industry numerous hard-hitting characters and also won multiple Filmfare and National awards.

2) Parineeti Chopra

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She made her entry in Bollywood with a supporting role in ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl‘ and made her special place here within no time. She was born in the city of Ambala in Haryana after working as an investment banker for a while, she moved towards Public Relations with YRF and here she is!

3) Vidya Balan

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The gorgeous and bold Vidya Balan left the industry awestruck with her performance in Parineeta. ‘The Dirty Picture‘ star belongs to a small town in Kerela and we bet you’re not going to be able to pronounce it. Go ahead and see if you can say ‘ Poothamkurusy’ in one try?

4) Irrfan Khan

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The man who is now known and loved all across the world started the journey of his life from Jaipur, Rajasthan. His dreams along with his dedication have certainly come a long way.

5) Sushant Singh Rajput

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Starting from TV serials to movies like ‘Kai Po Che‘ and ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story‘, Sushant certainly made it big in life. His journey from serials to movies has been witnessed by all of us but what we might not know is his story from Patna, Bihar to the industry. The boy from a small town is definitely living the dream now.

6) Deepak Dobriyal


‘Pappi’ from ‘Tanu Weds Manu‘ is obviously one of our favorite characters from the movie. Deepak started his journey from theatre to movies but even before this journey, he made another journey from Satpul village in Uttrakhand towards his dreams and aren’t we all proud of him?

7) Priyanka Chopra

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The girl is going places and she certainly makes the country proud every single time she does something super awesome out there but Priyanka’s life wasn’t always this glamorous. She was born in Jamshedpur and raised in Bareilly and we can only imagine the kind of hard work it must have taken her to be where she is today.

8) Kangana Ranaut

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The ‘Queen’ of Bollywood was brought up in Mandi at her ancestral haveli at Bhambla (now Surajpur). Mandi is a picturesque district in the hills, well known for its beautifully carved temples and Kangana certainly reflects the beauty of her hometown in her acting skills. The girl from the mountains is literally on the top of the world right now.

9) Preity Zinta

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The bubbly B-town actress, who is now well settled and happily married originally hails from Shimla. From being the nation’s favorite to owning IPL teams, she has done it all and it definitely seems like a long journey from Shimla to where she is now.

10) Richa Chadda

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Born to a Punjabi father and a Bihari mother in Amritsar, Richa’s journey wasn’t easy. However, she always had interest in theatre and received the right kind of training in Delhi. From movies like ‘Masaan‘ to ‘Fukrey‘, Richa has time and again proved that there is nothing that she can’t do.

11) Kader Khan

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Kader Khan has acted in over 300 movies and has contributed immensely to Bollywood but our favorite versatile actor’s life wasn’t easy. His family came from Kabul, Afghanistan to Mumbai when he was a child. Despite finishing his civil engineering, he decided to follow his passion for movies. We can never thank him enough for entertaining us for years altogether.

It doesn’t really matter how small your hometown is. The location and the popularity of your native place will never be an obstacle between your aspirations as long as you work hard enough for them.
Do you know any other B-town celeb who hails from a small town but managed to make it big in Bollywood? Share your views with us in the comment section!