It is often said that to survive in Bollywood, you need looks to survive. It is a sad and hollow truth but we can't help but agree to it. There have been so many stories about actors not being 'right' for the part, we often forget that many were sidelined because of their looks, especially in their early days of career. Thankfully, today, they have their work that makes them shine so much more than their looks and we are glad for that!
Tabu, or Tabassum as she is originally known was initially seen as a little tomboyish and unsuited for lady like roles. If this is to be believed, she might have not won awards for her role in Chandni Bar.
We can't believe it for the world how far Katrina has come far along. From learning Hindi to getting her moves right, Katrina was severely scrutinized in the early days for being too white and foreign looking. She lost on many roles because of that.
Ranveer was a nobody when he got a career kickstart with Band Baaja Baraat. His looks were considered very 'North-Indian' and ordinary to make it work in Bollywood. And now, people say that is was his ordinary look that made people love him right from the beginning!
Nawazuddin has gone on record to say that he has lost out on so many roles because of the way he looks. Sad isn't it? He was turned down because of his dark skin. Fed up with the industry's obsession with fair looks, he put up a tweet that highlighted that many actresses did not work with him because they wouldn't match up right. Today, he is one of the few stars who has established a brand for himself without the star studded attitude.
Konkona Sen Sharma
Konkona is a very brilliant actress who has always delighted up with her roles. But, more than often, she has been picked on, rejected because of her dusky skin tone, especially in the early days. We wonder how did she get the part in Wake Up Sid then!
Govinda is the first name we can think of when we remember comedies. Had it been different, he would not have given memorable roles in Bollywood. He was considered too young looking for a hero.
Dhanush, who has been working in the Tamil film industry for long before Bollywood was consired too dark and un-herolike. Surprsisingly, he delighted us all as Kundan in Raanjhana and now, he also is taking baby steps to Hollywood!
Anushka is taller than the average heroine but she is also someone who takes risks and beats stereotypes. She was considered un-Bollywood-esque in the beginning. Even during the time of Bombay Velvet, her unshapely lips became a national obsession.
Just because he is a starkid doesn't mean he got an easy entry. He was many kilos overweight and in order to become a proper Bollywood hero, Salman Khan motivated him to shed weight.
Amitabh, too faced a lot of criticism before he made his debut. He was considered too tall, too heavy voiced. He beat all odds and today, he is superstar for the masses.
Ajay Devgn has a certain charm which no other hero can match. But sadly, there were not many who thought he could make it big, considering his un hero like looks and average looking face.