You would be surprised to know where these Bollywood stars worked before Bollywood came calling!

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Bollywood stars have name, fame, fans and stardom and they don’t seem to get enough of it! However, not all of these celebs took to acting in very first go. They dabbled in different and ordinary professions like most of us. While they are now winning our heart with their awe-inspiring performances on the silver screen, a bevy of B-Town actors has tried their hands at run-of-the-mill jobs before Bollywood came calling! And since then there has been no looking back for them.

Let’s take a look at our tinsel town folks, who tried their luck with ordinary jobs before they got their big break

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan used to work as an executive in a shipping firm. He, later, became freight broker for a firm called Bird and Co. Big B also wanted to be a radio jockey, but was rejected for his deep baritone voice, which adds distinguished charm to his personality.


From a bus conductor to the megastar of the filmy world, Rajinikanth has come a long way. And today, he is the most celebrated actor in the country with a lineage of some astounding acts, amazing films and love for cinema.

Dev Anand

You would be surprised to that the evergreen superstar of Indian cinema once did a clerical level job. Dev Anand used to work as a clerk in the Censor Board’s Mumbai office before he got his big break and earned a meager salary of Rs 165.

Dilip Kumar

Before films and fame came calling, the legendary actor was a fruit seller in Peshawar, Pakistan. Dilip Saab’s father was a fruit merchant and owned large orchard. In the 1940s, the actor commenced his canteen business and started dry fruit trading.

Akshay Kumar

The Khiladi Kumar worked as a chef and a waiter in Bangkok. He flew to Thailand to study martial arts and after receiving a black belt in Taekwondo, Akshay started working in a restaurant. When he returned to India, he made his living by teaching martial arts. His Bollywood journey started when one of his students got him a small modelling assignment.

Ranveer Singh

The Bajirao of Bollywood can write as good as he can act. Ranveer used to work as a copywriter for top-notch advertising agencies like Ogilvy and Mather and J. Walter Thompson.

Sonakshi Sinha

Sona wasn’t really keen on becoming an actress, but destiny has its way. The Dabanng girl loved fashion designing and before her debut in the movies, she worked as a costume designer. Her first film as a costume designer was Mera Dil Leke Dekho in 2005.

Parineeti Chopra

With a triple degree in business, finance and economics from Manchester Business School, Parineeti wanted to pursue a career in investment banking. However, due to the global recession, she came to India and joined Yash Raj Films as a marketing executive. And there she earned her big break to Bollywood!

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Born in a family of farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Nawauddin has eight siblings. He used to contribute to the family by working as a chemist in a local store. Then, he moved to Delhi, where he worked as a security guard for one and a half year. Nawaz, then, realized that his passion lies in films and that is how National School of Drama happened to him!

Boman Irani

The fantastic actor worked with Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace for several years. Dissatisfied with his job as a service attendant and waiter, Boman decided to try acting. He also lent a helping hand to his mother in running their ancestral bakery shop.

Jacqueline Fernandez

The Sri Lankan beauty is a Mass communication graduate and has worked as a television reporter as well. With her job, she started dabbling into some modeling assignments. However, after her coronation as the Miss Sri Lanka Universe in 2006, Bollywood roped in the beauty for several film and modelling assignments.

Randeep Hooda

Before entering the glamour world, Randeep worked in a Chinese restaurant in Australia where he mopped the floors and waited tables. He also worked as a driver to support himself in the foreign land. Later, he moved back to India and tried his luck in modeling and movies.

Arshad Warsi

The Circuit of Munna Bhai did all sorts of jobs to earn a living. He used to work as a door to door cosmetics salesman. HE also used to sell lipsticks and nailpaints in buses and trains between Borivli and Bandra.  Arshad, who always had a keen interest in dancing, was offered a chance to be part of Akbar Sami’s dance troupe and that transformed the actor’s life completely.

John Abraham

An MBA from a premium business school of Mumbai, John Abraham worked as a media planner for a firm called Enterprises-Nexus. He tried modeling for fun and since then there had been no going back for the handsome hunk.

Soha Ali Khan

The beauty with brains holds a Masters degree from the prestigious London school of Economics. After her academics, Princess of Pataudi worked for Citibank and Ford Foundation. She later gave up her job to try her hands at acting.

Ameesha Patel

With a gold medal in economics from the Tufts University in Boston, Ameesha wanted to make a career in finance. She has also obtained a Bio-genetic Engineering degree in the United States. After her studies, the Kaho Naa… Pyar Hai actress served as an economic analyst for Khandwala Securities Limited. At a family friend’s wedding, Rakesh Roshan spotted her and decided to cast her in the debut movie of his son, Hrithik Roshan.

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Just shows that there is no easy route to becoming an actor.

How come Ameesha is a gold-medalist in Economics? she comes across as an ultimate blonde airhead..

My mom always tells me about how she and her friends saw Rajnikanth the bus conductor constantly when growing up. At that time he was doing random acting roles in theatre. She can't believe the same man is where he is today!

soha was doing good y she came into movies nice degree nice job....she is a bad actress wat was she thinking

Yes she was a TV reporter in Sri lanka!

Is this true?

There is no way Sonaski is that thin.......PHOTOSHOPPED

she was! she is,open ur eyes!

I don't remember Jacqueline working as a TV reporter. How many of them are actually true?

I've read the one's about Akshay, Parineeti, Sonakshi and Ranveer before. Don't know anything about the rest.

She did. She presented a business news segment in a Sri lankan tv channel. Not sure about the others though.

Really? Didn't know that. I remember she was in a awful song by B&S though. I think it was around 2006.

Well, according to her wiki page Jacqueline got her degree from University of Sydney and after that she worked as a TV reporter not in India but in Sri Lanka.

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