12 Bollywood Celebrities and Their First Job Before Getting Their First Break

Bollywood celebrities probably live the most luxurious life we always dream of. But every Bollywood celebrity was not a born star. Most of them were living a normal life and doing average jobs. Some of them probably had different ambitions and goals. But fate took a turn and fortunately or unfortunately they became actors. However, it took a lot of courage for them to take a leap of faith and follow their dreams. Some succeeded some vanished into thin air. We did some digging and found out what our favorite celebrated used to do before getting their first break in Bollywood:


1. Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh

Bollywood’s fashionista Ranveer Singh is very popular for his vibrant colored dresses and out-of-the-world-kind-off-unique designs. He was born on 6th July 1985, in Bombay. His grandmother Chand Burke was an actress herself. Inspired by his grandmother, Singh always wanted to be an actor.

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Although before he entered Bollywood he worked for a few years in advertising as a copywriter, in agencies like M&J and J. Walter Thompson. He also worked as an assistant director before sending his portfolios to casting directors.


2. Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar or formerly known as Rajiv Om Bhatia was born on 9th September 1967, in Amritsar, Punjab. His father was an army officer that made him interested in sports and fitness. He wanted to learn martial arts so somehow he convinced his father to let him go to Thailand for his training. During his stay in Thailand, he worked as a chef and waiter.

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After five years of learning martial arts and Thai boxing in Bangkok, he returned to India. He went to Kolkata and started working in a travel agency. Kumar also used to sell Kundan jewelry in Dhaka and Delhi. 


3. Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth or Shivaji Rao Gaekwad is the famous Indian actor who started his career in the Tamil film industry and experienced immense growth in his career. He was born on 12th December 1950 in a Maratha family in Bangalore, Karnataka. As a child, he was great in studies as well as sports. He played cricket, football, and basketball all his childhood.

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His financial state was not very stable at that time, after completing school he did several jobs including that of a coolie. Then he got a job as a bus conductor in Bangalore transport service. During this time he continued to take parts in plays, through which he got a chance to join the Madras film institute.


4. Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan or Inquilaab Srivastava was born on 11th October 1942, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He wanted to become a radio jockey in Doordarshan but he was rejected because of his heavy voice. The channel didn’t like the voice, which later became one of his most admired features.

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However, he joined in a shipping firm, Shaw Wallace, as an executive. He also worked as a freight broker for a shipping company called Bird and co.


5. Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui was born on 19th May 1974, in Burdhana, Uttar Pradesh, in a zamindari Muslim family. He is the eldest of his eight siblings. After completing his college he worked as a chemist in Vadodara for a year. But to become a bit more financially stable he decided to move to Delhi in the hope of a better job.

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but destiny had something else decided for him. In Delhi, he was drawn to acting after watching a play and enrolled himself in the national school of drama. During this time he acted in over ten plays.


6. Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra was born on 22nd October 1988, in Ambala, Haryana, in a Punjabi Hindu family. Coming from an esteemed family Parineeti went to Manchester business school for her triple honors degree in business.

Parineeti Chopra

There she used to take orientation classes for new students in the university. She did an internship at Yash Raj Films, in the marketing departments, as a public relations consultant.


Bhumi-Pednekar

7. Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi Pednekar was born on 18th July 1989 in Bombay. Before jumping into her Bollywood career she worked as an assistant casting director and assistant film director for six years under Shanoo Sharma.

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8. Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana is a very popular and talented actor of  Bollywood. He was born on 14th September 1984 in Chandigarh.  After completing his graduation and masters he started doing a job in BIG FM, Delhi as an RJ.

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He also worked in many other television shows such as MTV Roadies, MTV Fully Faltoo Movies, Cheque De India, and Jaadoo Ek Baar. He also hosted several shows including, India’s Got Talent And Music Ka Maha Muqqabla.


9. John Abraham

John Abraham

John Abraham was born on 17th December 1972, is the very charming and talented actor of b-town. He worked as a media planner for enterprise nexus.

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After that, he tried his luck in modeling which didn’t quite go well. But in 2003 he got his breakthrough movie Jism opposite Bipasha Basu.


R. Madhavan

10. R. Madhavan

Ranganathan Madhavan was born on 1st June 1970 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. He was a teacher of public speaking and personality development skills in Kolhapur.

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He also won the Indian Championship for Public Speaking and represented India at the Young Businessmen Conference in Tokyo, Japan in 1992. Before getting his break in Bollywood he worked on a sandalwood talc advertisement.


11. Arshad Warsi

Arshad Warsi

Arshad Warsi, born on 19th April 1968, is a Bollywood actor featured in many comedy-drama films. Because of his poor financial conditions he worked as a door-to-door cosmetic salesman at the age of 17.

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Later he also worked in a photo lab. Meanwhile, he grew interested in dancing and started working as a choreographer.


12. Boman Irani

Boman Irani

Born on 2nd December 1959, Boman Irani is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. He worked as a waiter in the taj mahal palace and tower, for two years. He was very keen in photography too.

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He saved his tips and bought a camera to do sports photography and sold them for twenty, thirty rupees. Irani worked in a namkeen shop and bakery until he was 32 years old.


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