Bollywood thrives on nepotism, but not every successful actor is born with a silver spoon. Be it demised actor Dev Anand or Parineeti Chopra from the new lot, there are many actors who have struggled their way to the top.
Here is a list of such actors who have climbed each and every step of their ladder to success.
Shehenshah of Bollywood started his professional life as an executive in a shipping company Shaw Wallace. Then he worked as a freight broker at a shipping firm, Bird and Co.
He also tried being a radio announcer but was rejected by All India Radio.
He started his film career in 1969, by giving his voice in Mrinal Sen's Bengali film and subsequently did 'Saat Hindustani' as an actor. The movies did not do so well financially, but Big B won his first award for the Best Newcomer.
The first graduate from his village in Uttar Pradesh, with a degree in Chemistry, Nawazuddin Siddiqui came to Delhi to learn acting in National School Drama. He wanted to act in television serials but was rejected. He landed his acting role in 1999 in Aamir Khan's Sarfarosh, and moved to Mumbai in 2000. Thus began his journey in the movie industry.
Famous for his portrayal of Virus in 3 Idiots, Boman Irani was dyslexic as a kid who was not good at academics. He was called a duffer in school. So he decided to do a course and became a waiter in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. After two years of working at the Taj Mahal Palace, he had to take charge of his family bakery, as his mother met with an accident. He took up photography and met Shiamak Davar while doing a photo shoot. Davar introduced him to Aleque Padamsee and thus began his theatre career.
When the press started talking about Boman's theatre acting, Raju Hirani approached him for Munna Bhai MBBS. And that is how we got Dr Asthana.
She is Shatrughan Sinha's daughter but did not get films just for being that. Sonakshi started her career as a costume designer in 2005. She also walked the ramp in Lakme Fashion Week. It was in 2010 that she made her debut opposite Salman Khan in Dabbang.
Sidharth Malhotra in various interviews has stated that he became an actor by accident. A boy from a middle-class Delhi family started modeling to earn his pocket money but was soon bored of it. Malhotra explains his journey into the film as, "For instance, I got selected at a party for a modeling assignment, and then the modeling agency auditioned me for a film, and I got selected. I came to Mumbai, but that film never got made. Then I struggled and got to know what being an assistant director is really all about. And that experience led me to star in Student of the Year."
Parineeti initially aspired to be an investment banker but returned to India during recession period in 2009. She then moved to Mumbai to live with her cousin Priyanka Chopra. She applied for a job at Yash Raj studios and got it too. She started as an intern in the studio's communications department and went on to serve as a marketing and public relations executive. It was then that Maneesh Sharma spotted her and cast her in Ladies Vs Ricky Behl.
It has been five years since Band Baaja Baarat hit the screens, but Ranveer Singh's journey into the industry has not been a bed of roses. His first job was not modeling but copywriting in Ogilvy and Mather advertising agency. He did not act in any ad films because he wanted to star as a lead actor in a Bollywood film.In fact he rejected three films before signing Band Baaja Baarat.
Tapsee Pannu is a software engineer turned actor. She was selected for Channel V's talent show, Get Gorgeous, which eventually landed her in Bollywood. She gained popularity after her award-winning performance in Pink.
Son of a military officer, Akshay Kumar learned martial arts from Bangkok where he also worked as a waiter in a restaurant. He came back to India and started martial arts classes. One of his students recommended him for a modeling assignment. And that is how he took his first step towards the film industry.
The 'Sarabjit' actor Randeep Hooda, holds master's degree in business management and human resource management from Melbourne. After his return to India, he was working in a marketing firm before he made his Bollywood debut in Monsoon Wedding in 2001.
Arshad Warsi was a cosmetic salesman. Since he was interested in dancing, he joined Akbar Sami's dance group in Mumbai. Warsi choreographed the title song of Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993), before making his acting debut in the Amitabh Bachchan-produced Tere Mere Sapne (1996)
This Tamil superstar used to work as a bus conductor for Bangalore Transport Service (BTS). He started doing stage plays after he was offered a role in a mythological play penned by Kannada play writer and director Topi Munappa. It was then that he across a poster of acting classes in Madras Film Institute. One of his friends supported him financially. It was during one stage show that he was spotted by Tamil film director K Balachander.
Ayushmann Khurana did theatre for five years. He was studying journalism when he participated in MTV Roadies and won the same. He worked as a radio jockey with BIG FM in Delhi and later as a video jockey with MTV. He made his Bollywood debut in 2012 with Shoojit Sarcar's Vicky Donor.