Once Zeroes, Now Heroes: 10 Bollywood stars who made it big without any Godfather!
"Success ke peeche mat bhago. Kabil bano kabil. Kambyabi sali jhak maar ke peeche ayegi." These wise words of Ranchodas "Rancho" from Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots, make sense in real-life too. And, these Bollywood superstars have proved that you don't need have any Godfather, any contacts, any Chacha or Mama in the industry to climb up the ladder of success. The only thing you can taste success with is your sheer talent. So, let's take a look at these stars who were once zeroes but now are heroes.
In a male-driven industry, Vidya Balan has established herself as one of the female lead actress, who is now considered as the Hero of her own films. Like many young girls, Vidya also wanted to become an actor who had to overcome every barrier/obstacle in her path to be known for her powerful women-centric performances.
Shah Rukh Khan
A middle-class Delhi boy who travelled his way to the city of dreams, Mumbai, with a mere 1,500 rupees in his pockets hoping to make it big in Bollywood, is an inspiration. Success doesn't come overnight. You have to keep working hard towards your goal and do the smallest of the things that eventually paves your way to your destination. This is your takeaway from SRK's inspirational journey to stardom.
He is quirky, he is wild, he is weird but he is the face of Bollywood now. That's Ranveer Singh for you, the Bandra boy who always wished to become an actor. With no godfather in the industry, he knocked many producer’s doors for work until he found himself playing the protagonist in YRF's Band Baaja Baaraat and thereafter, it was no stopping him.
From winning a local beauty pageant to becoming the Global star, Priyanka Chopra has worked every inch towards her success in the Hindi film industry. Her work in the past has pushed her forward. She has appeared in many commercials and music videos before she got her first breakthrough. She is definitely an inspiration to everyone.
From a watchman to playing several small roles to sharing space with the top Khans in Bollywood, this small-town boy from Uttar Pradesh is now known for his most unconventional roles in the industry. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of those superstars who has brought hopes to many young aspirants hailing from a small part of the country.
The journey from a small town of Himachal Pradesh girl to the glitzy and glamourous world of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut has surely come a long way to become the ‘Queen’ of the Hindi film industry with her sheer talent. Her parents had strictly opposed her aspirations of becoming an actor. But she believed in herself and chose to follow her dream to become an actress.
Though, she might have debuted with Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om in the year 2007, but she has worked hard to fit the bill as Bollywood's leading actress. She could've carried her father, Prakash Padukone's legacy forward as a badminton player but she chose to swim against the tide to find her way to become the most sought actresses in Bollywood now. The dimpled beauty has surely made her mark with her charm, talent and her simplicity to become one of the most desirable actresses in Bollywood.
The Rab Ne Jodi Bana Di girl, Anushka Sharma never aspired to become an actor but sometimes a fortuitous accident chooses you to become the face of your most unexpected dreams. She was spotted by designer Wendell Rodricks while she was shopping at a store in Bangalore who chose her to be his showstopper for his fashion show which ultimately landed her in auditioning for her debut film and we know where she stands now.
From serving plates to his guests in a restaurant to being touted as one of the top superstars in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar's (Rajeev Bhatia) journey is one of a kind. His martial arts training played an instrumental role in bringing him to the tinsel town and making him the star he is now.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She is touted as the most beautiful woman in the World and her timeless beauty is one of the reasons that made her successful in her career. Many might not know that Aishwarya wanted to become an architect but later chose modelling as profession. After winning several beauty pageants, she was showered with several film offers which pulled her to the top.