Behind every successful people, be it in business, sports, or entertainment, there are many inspirational stories of hardships and difficulties that they have faced in their early stage of life and how they have overcome them before tasting success. In this post, we bring you the inspiring stories of some people from the world of Indian cinema.
1. Amitabh Bachchan
Before becoming a superstar of the Bollywood film industry, Amitabh Bachchan had to spend several nights on a bench at Marine Drive in Mumbai. He was also rejected in the audition due to his physical appearance and voice.
Dharmendra won a talent hunt competition but he had to face hard struggles for one year till he got work in the film ‘Bandini’ (1963). During that struggling time, Dharmendra often had to live without sufficient food in his stomach for several days.
Rekha is the daughter of Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan, but at the time of her birth, he was not married to her mother. Rekha spent her childhood living in a financial crisis, she had to work in films when she was only 13 years old.
Before becoming a superstar, Rajinikanth worked as a bus conductor for the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. The story is well known to everyone and he often joked about it in his movies.
5. Dev Anand
Legendary actor Dev Anand worked as a clerk in an accountancy firm before he became a superstar. His salary in the job was just Rs 85.
6. Dilip Kumar
The early film career of Dilip Kumar was very tough. He often had to borrow money from the former BCCI president PM Rungta to go to film studios from his house.
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7. Mithun Chakraborty
Mithun recently shared his struggling memories when he used to dance on stage. He said he wasn’t sure if he could arrange the two-course meal a day.
8. Zeenat Aman
Zeenat Aman had to face several failures during her initial days in the industry. She even decided to return to Germany. But luckily the film ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ (1972) came her way at the right moment and she changed her decision.
9. Amjad Khan
Amjad Khan had no money when ‘Sholay’ came his way in 1973. Sources revealed that Salim-Javed was not satisfied with his performance in the film and wanted to replace him but Amjad proved his acting skills.
Before her success in films, Mumtaz was often criticized for her pug nose. But after her success, the same nose became one of her most admired features.
11. Sanjeev Kumar
Sanjeev Kumar had to work in numerous C-grade stunt films before filmmakers acknowledged his acting skills.
12. Danny Denzongpa
Danny Denzongpa had spent several nights at Juhu Beach and Shivaji Park because he didn’t have any place to stay. He continued to struggle and became one of the most renowned actors for playing negative roles.
13. Shatrughan Sinha
Shatrughan Sinha used to live in a slum area in Mumbai, where he had to share a small room with six people.
14. Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher confessed that he used to sit idle on the railway station for long hours as he has no work as well as no place to go.
15. Neha Dhupia
The former beauty queen used to work as a helper in fashion shows. Her job was to help models to prepare for the stage.
16. Mahendra Kapoor
Mahendra Kapoor used the train to travel during his struggling days. One day he met filmmaker H. S. Rawail who took him to the film studio and made him sing in front of actors and producers.
17. Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar worked as a ghost-writer and wrote screenplays for many scenes without getting any recognition. He was charging 11 bucks per scene.
Govinda used to live at chawl in Virar before getting film projects. The actor was rejected by production houses many times for the looks.
19. Jackie Shroff
Jackie Shroff also used to live in a chawl in Teen Batt, South Mumbai. The chawl consists of 7 tiny rooms that are shared by 28 people.
20. Johnny Lever
Johnny Level was part of Kalyanji-Anandji’s group before establishing himself as one of the biggest stand-up comedians. The actor was paid Rs 1000-1500 per month for his contribution to the band.
21. Manoj Bajpayee
Manoj Bajpayee started working in the daily soap serials for money. He was part of the serial Swabhimaan for which he received Rs 2,000 per episode.
22. Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan came to Mumbai without any money in his pocket. He slept on roads near Oberoi Hotel and often used the washroom of the hotel pretending to as guests.
23. Madhuri Dixit
Madhuri Dixit faced many rejections before her debut movie Abodh. For instance, a TV show starring Madhuri was canceled after the pilot shoot.
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24. Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar assisted his photographer friend during photo shoots without getting any pay. He used to sell jewelry and clothes that he brought from Bangkok and Singapore.
25. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin is a degree holder in Chemistry but enrolled in NSD as he wanted to be an actor. The actor struggled for a two-course meal and agreed to do small cameo roles in movies as well.
26. Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan has done many TV series playing small roles before getting a big break in movies. Producers even told him that he would never succeed in film city.
27. Boman Irani
The actor used to work at the Taj Hotel as a waiter. Before being a full-time actor, he has also tried his luck in the family’s bakery business.