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27 Inspiring Struggle Stories of Bollywood Celebrities


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

Amitabh Bachchan struggle story

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. His struggle and journey inspire much youth to achieve their life goals.

2. Dharmendra

Dharmendra struggle story

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.

3. Rekha

bollywood celebrity struggle story

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. 

4. Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth struggle story

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. 

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5. Dev Anand

Dev anand struggle story

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

dilip kumar struggle

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 Chakraborty struggle story

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 struggle story

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 struggle story

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.

10. Mumtaz

Mumtaz struggle story

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 struggle story

Sanjeev Kumar had to work in numerous C-grade stunt films before filmmakers acknowledged his acting skills. 

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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

Zeenat Aman struggle story

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

Neha Dhupia struggle story

The former beauty queen used to work as a helper in fashion shows. Her job was to help models to prepare for the stage. 

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16. Mahendra Kapoor

Mahendra Kapoor struggle

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 struggle story

Manoj Kumar worked as a ghost-writer and wrote screenplays for many scenes without getting any recognition. He was charging 11 bucks per scene. 

18. Govinda

Govinda struggle story

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 struggle

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 Lever struggle story

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 struggle story

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 struggle story

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 struggle story

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 struggle story

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 young struggle days

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 struggle story

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

Boman Irani who has made us laugh and cry with his performances in various films recently opened up about his struggle before he entered Bollywood. 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.

Boman Irani Struggle Story
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