King Khan aka Shahrukh Khan (SRK), though born in an affluent family lost everything after his father’s death and after her mother’s demise, he went into depression. However, to support his family, he started acting on Doordarshan and hosted a show for which he was paid Rs 50! Later he did TV serials like Circus, Dil Dariya, Fauji, etc. Eventually, he decided to move to Mumbai and try his luck in Mumbai. With no accommodation in Mumbai, Shahrukh lived in a rented house for over 1 and a half year. During his struggle period, he was noticed by Hema Malini who signed him in her directorial venture, Dil Aashna Hai opposite young debutant Divya Bharti. However, the film got delayed and meanwhile, Shahrukh got another break as the second lead in Deewana (1992) opposite Rishi Kapoor, Divya Bharti. Deewana was a hit and also won Best Debut Actor Filmfare Award and after this SRK never looked back. Today SRK is brand and is listed in the 50 most powerful people in the world!
Akshay Kumar, Bollywood’s most popular actor after the Khan trio, had a humble start. While in Bangkok to learn martial arts and Thai Boxing, Akshay survived on his own by working as a waiter cum cook on the streets. Back in Mumbai, Akshay started martial arts classes and simultaneously tried his luck in Bollywood. But it was not an easy task. Hence he did modeling assignment and got a ‘lucky’ break opposite Karisma Kapoor in the film Deedar (1992) but the failure of the movie, marred his career. However, with the success of Khiladi (1992), he won stardom but again his career took a nose dive due to poor selection of films. Film critics labelled him a wooden actor and he was written off! However, in 1999 his career took a new twist and with Hera Pheri (1999) he made a comeback and since then he is ruling Bollywood.
Regarded as a quality actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui had struggled over 13 years before winning stardom. Initially, he worked as a watchman or a chemist but his passion for acting in Bollywood never died. Despite a degree from NDA (National School of Drama), he was discarded by Bollywood but he kept his struggle doing extras role in films like Sarfarosh (1999), Munnabhai MBBS, Black Friday, etc. Eventually, after a brief role in Aamir Khan‘s film Talash (2012) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), he has never looked back.
Like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, actress Kangana Ranaut too came from a small town in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Her parents were against her dream of becoming a film star but she rebelled and run away to Mumbai. Initially mocked for her poor English and dressing style and also exploited by Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi, she faced all hurdles bravely and proved her talent winning 3 National Awards and 4 Filmfare awards!!! Truly Kangana Ranaut is a great example of Self –made a woman!
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