WEB DESK: There is no substitute for hard work. No one is born with silver spoon– not even Bollywood Guru Amitabh Bachan.
Here are five star celebrities and their inspiring stories which will help you follow your dreams.
1. Amitabh BachanAmitabh Bachchan is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. He gained popularity in the early 1970s for movies like Zanjeer and was dubbed India’s first “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood.
In the begining of his career he was rejected by two radio channels for his baritone voice. He had to spend a few nights on a bench in Marine drive during his struggling days. He gave 12 flops before delivering his first hit.
He hosted many reality shows and won various awards. He gave voice over for ten Indian movies and various documentaries.
2. Shahrukh Khan
The king of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan has appeared in more than 80 movies. He is described by the Los Angeles Times as “the world’s biggest movie star”.
During his early days he tried his hand at a restaurant business in Dariya Ganj, but failed. He earned his first salary of Rs 50 by working as an usher at a concert in Delhi.
Khan started his career with appearances in several television series in the late 1980s before making his first debut Deewana.
3. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
After a period of unnoticed performances in his early career, Nawazuddin Siddiqui received the Special Jury Award at the 2012 National Film Awards.
He was born in a farmer’s family and raised along with 8 siblings. In his early career he worked as a chemist after completing education and also worked as a watchman due to lack of money.
He made his Bollywood debut in 1999 with ‘Sarfarosh’ but had to wait around ten more years to get a major break in the industry.
4. Irrfan Khan
Irfan Kahn is an absolutely incredible film actor known for his predominantly work in Indian cinema. He is also known for his works in British films, and Hollywood.
Khan was the guest of honor at the 2014 River to River, Florence Indian Film Festival.
After many unsuccessful films in the beginning of his career a London-based director Asif Kapadia gave him the lead in The Warrior a historical film completed in 11 weeks. In 2001 The Warrior opened in international film festivals, making Khan a known face.
The versatile Irrfan Khan was never paid for some of the movies in which he acted. The producers bluntly told him that his work doesn’t merit any pay. But now film critics considered him as one of the finest actors in Indian cinema.
5. Akshay Kumar
The Khiladi of Bollywood is an Indian actor, producer and martial artist who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. He was awarded the Filmfare award twice.
In the begining of his career he once worked as a chef and a waiter. He also worked as a background dancer with dance groups. He used to sell clothes bought from Bangkok and Singapore to generate income.
He appeared as the lead actor in Saugandh (1991) before making his breakthrough with the suspense thriller Khiladi (1992) Kumar’s performance in the crime drama Jaanwar (1999) received critical acclaim and marked his comeback.