Bollywood has always welcomed talented people with open arms from almost all strata of society and professions. If you have the passion and skill to deliver what it takes to be an actor, chances are you will hit the jackpotsooner or later. Models are one of these professionals who have been associated for years with Bollywood. Of course their success here is not always guaranteed, just as having a beautiful face and perfect figure isn’t enough. Here is a look at some models who paved their way into Bollywood and others who took up acting by chance.
Her light eyes and gorgeous face was an instant attraction for many filmmakers. People were surprised at how comfortable the Ms. World winner was in front of the camera and her dancing skills were laudable. Aishwarya first appeared in a South movie before finally making her debut opposite Bobby Deol in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya in 1997. She has evolved a lot as an actress since with movies like Sarbjit and Guru, while also making international headlines with films like Pink Panther and Mistress of Spices.
This Ms. Universe winner was taller than any Bollywood hero at the time but that didn’t stop filmmakers to fulfill their dream of seeing her in their movie. With lots of grooming and preparation, Susmita Sen made a remarkable debut in 1996 with Dastak opposite Mukul Dev. Her latest web series Aarya shows what a stellar performer she is and what a long way she has come.
This hunk had a lucrative modeling career going for him, especially after he won the Gladrags Manhunt in 1999. He however gave acting a shot when Pooja Bhatt approached him for her film Jism. The film was a hit and so was John!
Here is another confident Ms. World who took Bollywood by storm when she debuted opposite Akshay Kumar in Andaaz in 2003. Priyanka stunned everyone with her negative role in Aitraaz starring Kareena Kapoor Khan. Her performances in movies like Barfi and Mary Kom has cemented her place in the list of Bollywood’s finest actors.
Having started his modeling career at the tender age of 18, Sidharth wasn’t really happy with the profession. When Karan Johar was looking for a new face for his film Student Of The Year opposite Alia Bhatt, Sidharth was probably at the right place at the right time. It was a dream debut that got him many film offers after that like Ek Villain, Hasee Toh Phasee and Kapoor & Sons, among others.
Katrina was a young model in London at the age of 14 when Kaizad Gustad discovered her and cast her in his film Boom. She has come a long way since with movies like Raajneeti, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Bharat, among others.