After losing stardom, what careers of today’s Bollywood actors look like?

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The lives of our Bollywood stars don’t always come out how they show in movies. Not every actor comes to this world with a dream of becoming one. In fact, many of them never considered Bollywood even in their minds. Before entering Bollywood, most of them led an ordinary life altogether. Some even planned completely different and ambitious goals for themselves. Careers of these Bollywood actors before the film industry would leave you in surprise. If not for Bollywood, they would land up in these fields and not entertain us as they are doing today on the big screen: 

Deepika Padukone

The Diva of Bollywood has ruled our hearts since her Bollywood debut in Om Shanti Om in 2007, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. But what if she never entered this industry? What if she never introduced the character of Shanti to us? What if she never made so many blockbuster films? She would have rocked her badminton career.

Being born to Prakash Padukone, a badminton champion, she played badminton from childhood till the age of 16. She used to wake up early at 4 or 5 in the morning, and go for physical conditioning before going to school. After returning from school, she went on to practise badminton. She played in a few national-level badminton championships. She even played baseball at the state level. But considering it her second love, she prioritized her first love, i.e., acting. She began her career by appearing in a musical commercial. The careers of such Bollywood actors inspire us to achieve the same.

Ranveer Singh

After discussing DP’s career if not in Bollywood, let’s jump on to her husband’s now. Ranveer Singh, being happily married to Deepika Padukone a few years back, made his place in Bollywood with his killer performances. Ranveer began her career with Band Baaja Baaraat and continued to perform extremely well. But before making it to Bollywood, he completed his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. Not belonging to a Bollywood family, he felt the idea of acting was very far-fetched. Therefore, Ranveer took up theatre as a minor at his university. He worked as a copywriter in a few ad agencies before hitting the big screen. He even rejected a few roles before making his debut. His acting classes contributed to his great acting skills. After getting into the film industry, he worked in films, like Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Padmaavat, etc. 

Parineeti Chopra

The heart stealer queen of Bollywood with her bubbly attitude and loads of good acting skills, she made her way into the film industry through “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl” in 2011. Belonging to a family with a Bollywood background, she never felt like joining the industry. Instead, she possesses a triple Honours degree in business, economics and finance from the Manchester United School. She would have been making big money in an international bank had she gotten a job in London.

Parineeti always wanted to be a banker, but her life took a turn. She couldn’t find a job in London after her studies, and with an education loan of around Rs 50 lakhs, she found the ticket to Mumbai cheaper. After arriving in Mumbai, she applied for a job in the accounts department of Yash Raj Studios. But she landed a marketing and PR job in the studio. During her internship, filmmaker Maneesh Sharma spotted her and found her perfect for the role in her first film. She weighed around 86 kgs while joining the industry and left everyone inspired with her weight loss journey. This way, she made it to some of Bollywood’s hit films as well. 

Akshay Kumar

The Khiladi Kumar of the Indian film industry started his journey as a lead actor in the film “Saugandh”. He landed up in some of the most hit films the industry has ever seen. The actor lived in Bangkok for a few years before making it to the cinema. He learnt Martial Arts in the country and even worked at a food stall to fill his pockets. After coming to India, he started a martial arts class wherein he taught the art. Akshay worked as a model in a few shoots and even worked as a background dancer in some songs. But after facing all the thorns, his life finally became a bed of roses. After his entry into B-town, he made fantastic entries in every film, from Khiladi 786 to Sooryavanshi to many more box office hits. 

Jacqueline Fernandez

This Sri Lankan beauty, after entering Bollywood, featured in some of the hottest films and songs.  But before this, her life was completely different and unrelated to this industry. She studied Mass Communication in Sri Lanka and became a reporter. Jacqueline received her training at the John School of Acting. She used to cover the daily news and facts happening in Sri Lanka. After accepting some offers in the modelling industry, she made it to the B town with her first film “Aladin”. After her first film, she climbed the ladder of success with films, like Kick, Housefull 2, Bachchan Pandey, etc. Her dream of entering the Hollywood industry came true with her first film “Women’s Stories”. Also, she was featured in a song named “Mud Mud Ke” with Hollywood fame “Michele Morrone”, whose hotness became viral after his film “365 Days”.

Amitabh Bachchan

The Shahenshah has always impressed us with his exemplary performance since his debut in “Saat Hindustani”. He played various roles in some of the biggest hits of all time, for instance, Sholay, Baghban, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum, etc. Before facing the limelight, he worked as a coal miner in Kolkata for around 7-8 years. He also got a job as a business executive in that city. The thought of becoming an actor came much later in his mind. After a failed audition at All India Radio, he chose acting. He dreamt of becoming a radio jockey too during that time.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

The very talented actor made his space in the industry with a few supporting roles and amazing acting skills. With his debut in “Patang”, he gave amazing performances to the audience with movies like Mom, Badlapur, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and more. He graduated from Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya in Haridwar, with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. After his studies, he worked as a chemist for a year in Vadodara. He moved to Delhi for a new job. After watching a play, he decided to pursue a career in acting. If not a famous Bollywood star, he might have been a successful chemist. 

Taapsee Pannu

Unknown to many, this beautiful actress is a software engineer who graduated from Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology and worked in a firm for six months. After this, he pursued modelling as a career and got selected for a talent show called “Get Gorgeous”. She won various titles too for modellings, such as Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face and Safi Femina Miss Beautiful Skin at the 2008 Femina Miss India contest. This led to her debut in the Telugu film “Jhummandi Naadam” and then worked with many stars after this film’s success. Making an entry into Bollywood with “Chashme Baddoor” gave her the roles she could do justice to. With an amazing performance in the film “Pink”, she touched many souls. Later, Taapsee grabbed the public’s attention with films like Thappad, Badla, etc. As a student, she always excelled in academics and was a voracious reader. 

Ayushmann Khurrana

Born Nishant Khurrana, the actor gained fame under the name Ayushmann Khurana with his debut film “Vicky Donor”. After his first film, he gained popularity with super hits like Shubh Mangal Savdhan, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, etc. Ayushmann gave some excellent messages through a few of his films. Besides acting, he performed many album songs, such as Mitti Di Khushboo, Yahin Hoon Main and others. He appeared for the first time in the TV show “Popstars” at the age of 17. At the age of 20, he won a reality show “Roadies’.  After completing his master’s graduation from Chandigarh, the Dream Girl actor worked as a Radio Jockey in Big FM Delhi. He also had a show on radio called “Big Chai – Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann”. 

Sidharth Malhotra

Topping the list of Hottest Gen Z celebrities, Sidharth came out on the screen for the first time in “Student Of The Year”. The actor soon got to fame after this film and appeared in a few amazing films, such as Ek Villain, Kapoor & Sons, etc. The actor gained a lot of respect after his performance in the recent film “Shershaah”. With no Godfather in the industry, the actor had to struggle a lot in his beginning days. Like other actors, he also pursued modelling as a career but later chose the post of assistant director. He worked as an assistant director for the film “My Name Is Khan”. He will be further seen in the film “Thank God”.

Now that you have read about these unknown careers of Bollywood actors, who knows you might also end up as being one.

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