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Receiving the first salary is an event for anybody to celebrate. It not only induces a person with endless joy, but it somehow takes the sense of self-dependency to an unprecedented level.
Bollywood stars are undoubtedly one of the highest paid individuals in India with their remuneration in crores per movie. Some of the Bollywood celebrities also take away a percentage of collection of the film and thereby further enhancing their fees. Though their current salaries may not be shocking, but their first salary was.
Here is a selective list of the first salary of some of the Bollywood celebrities and what they did with it!
Aamir Khan, also known as Mr. Perfectionist of Bollywood, has been picture perfect choosy in his decisions. His calls have reaped tremendous dividends over the years. Be it his decision to act or to direct and produce, he has been spot on. Same is the case of his first pay. The first cheque of Mr. Perfectionist was Rs.1000 which he earned working as an assistant director. He gave his first salary to his mother.
The King Khan of Bollywood is one of the richest actors in the world. The self-made actor who now charges crores of salary per movie used to work for a pretty low salary. His first job was that of an usher at a Pankaj Udaas concert. He earned a mere Rs. 50 as his first pay. He used his first salary to buy a ticket to visit the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders and the symbol of love.
'Dev D' fame girl, who also essayed important characters in 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara', 'Shanghai', 'Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani' and the recipient of the National Award for Special Jury Award category has a career full of ups and down in Bollywood. With the recent past bringing good news on professional front for this Indian actress, the actress is all set with 4 movies to be released in the year 2016. This English-looking actress used to work as a waitress, in an Italian cafe in London. She received 40 Pounds as her first salary which she instantly utilized to clear off her rent.
In a short career of 8 years in Bollywood, Richa has managed to show her acting which resultantly garnered positive reviews from not only the audience but also from critics. Movies like 'Gangs of Wasseypur-1', 'Gangs of Wasseypur-2', 'Fukrey' and the internationally acclaimed flick 'Masaan' has given the Indian actress's career new heights. Her first salary came for a dance performance for Doordarshan where she got Rs. 200 and a saree. She was 12 at that time and gave all the money to her father.
Arjun Kapoor has made a name for himself through movies like 'Ishqzaade', '2 States' and 'Tevar'. Before working in front of the camera, Arjun Kapoor worked as an assistant director with Nikhil Advani. His first salary was Rs 35000 for working as an assistant director for 'Kal Ho Na Ho' at the age of 18 years. He gave the first salary to his parents who opened a bank account in his name. Arjun took this decision of giving the first pay to his parents as he was not in need of anything to buy.
Randeep Hooda had to wait quite a long time to mark an impression in Bollywood. He has delivered movies like 'Once upon a time in Mumbai', 'Saheb Biwi aur Gangster', 'Jannat 2', 'Highway' ,'Kick', 'Rang Rasiya', 'Sarabjit' which managed to give him the much needed critical acclaim. The actor who currently charges up to Rs. 2 crores per movie had earned merely $ 40 as his first pay for washing cars as a part of his summer jobs. He instantly utilized the sum to buy himself a can of beer. He has also worked as a waiter in a Chinese restaurant in Australia.
Sonam Kapoor has acted in films like 'Delhi 6', 'Aisha', 'Raanjhanaa', 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', 'Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo', 'Neerja' to name a few. The fashionista who attracts controversy at times for her bold statements has said that she wanted to be a director and a writer. While the destiny brought her to face the camera, she earned her first salary working as an assistant director where she used to make Rs. 3000/month which was used by her to commute to and fro.
The first superhero of Bollywood who is also known as 'The Greek God' of India, Hrithik Roshan is another Mr. Perfectionist of Bollywood. He started his career with the superhit movie 'Kaho Na Pyar Hai', but believe it or not that was neither his first movie nor the source of his first salary. The first project Hrithik acted in was way back in 1980 at an age of 6 years giving a child appearance in a movie named 'Aasha'. He received Rs. 100 as his first salary which he used to buy himself toy cars.
This versatile and multi-talented Indian actress is one of the highest paid Bollywood stars. She became the Miss World in the year 2000. She made her Bollywood debut with 'The Hero' in 2003. She has managed to bag the National Award for her performance in 'Fashion' in the year 2008. She was named by 'Time' as one of the 100 most influential persons in the world. She has gained fame not only in India, but also in Hollywood by her Hollywood projects. This multi-millionaire actress got her first pay cheque of Rs. 5000 which she gave to her mother who still treasures the amount.
Irrfan Khan hails from Jaipur, Rajasthan. Starting from TV serials, Khan has now made it large at not only Bollywood, but also Hollywood as well. The National School of Drama graduate known for his exemplary acting skills is the recipient of not only the National Award but also Padma Shri Award and several other international honors. He used to give tuition to students before making it to TV serials where he charged Rs. 25 per student as tuition fees. Irrfan bought himself a bicycle out of his first salary to make the commute easier for himself.