Five Famous Bollywood Actors Who Started Their Careers As Background Dancers

4:50 pm 23 Nov, 2017


Bollywood is often referred to as a magical place, which has the capability of transforming lives by changing dreams into reality. We often see celebrity kids grasping the limelight and turning into great stars without much effort, but there is yet another category of actors who make themselves visible and known to all after undergoing tremendous struggles. The greatest example of this lot is superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who made it big in Bollywood after starting humbly with TV serials.

Shah Rukh Khan in Mani Kaul’s ‘Idiot’ (1991), which was a mini series for Doordarshan. source


In this article, we will inform you about five such actors, who started their journeys as models or dancers, and even danced to some famous Bollywood songs as background dancers.

1. Shahid Kapur


Well, he may have been born to parents who are regarded as great actors but Shahid Kapur was never seen en-cashing on his acquaintances and started off quite humbly. The ‘Haider’ actor started off his journey as child artistes before making a foray into Bollywood as background dancer. Remember this dance sequence from ‘Taal’? Who knew this blink-and-miss character would transform into a reputed actor in Bollywood.

Shahid Kapur in a song from the film ‘Taal’. The Indian Express


2. Deepika Padukone

Yes, you saw it right. The Bollywood diva, who has mesmerized even Hollywood with her grace and acting skills, started off her journey as a model. She had also been part of a few video albums as well, and we all know that. But did you know that she had even appeared as background dancer in movies? Here’s a glimpse of the same!


3. Daisy Shah

Well, she may not be one of the ruling actresses in Bollywood but did you know Daisy Shah, too, started her journey as a background dancer? And the film in which she featured as such is none other than Salman Khan’s ‘Tere Naam’.


4. Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput may well have attracted our attention as Manas in the TV Serial ‘Pavitra Rishta’, but this ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ actor started off his journey in Bollywood as a background dancer, and even appeared in quite many songs. Here’s a glimpse of his performance:


5. Arshad Warsi

We all know how brilliant Arshad  is with his moves. But did you know that Munnabhai’s Circuit, too, started his journey as a background dancer?



Do you know any other actors who started off as a background journalist? If so, do feel free to share your list with us in the comments section below!