Bollywood is a term that is synonymous with fame, beauty, power and let’s not forget money. Oodles and oodles of cash are paid to top celebrities, for each movie they do or even a dance performance at weddings. Interestingly, some of these famous Bollywood personalities had interesting jobs before they hit the big time in Indian cinema.
1. Akshay Kumar- The big guns
As most people know, Akshay Kumar, whose movies go houseful in a matter of minutes, used to work as a waiter in a restaurant in a Bangkok. He also used to wash dishes at a restaurant before becoming a chef. He also has a Black Belt in Taekwondo and when he returned to Mumbai, he taught martial arts before taking the modeling route, which eventually led to movies.
2. Nawazuddin Siddiqui- The serious actor
He became a household name after his stunning performance in Gangs of Wasseypur. He grew up in a large family and when he moved to Delhi, was forced to work as a watchman for a company. While still working as a watchman, he developed an interest in plays and joined a theatre group, eventually graduating from the National School of Drama. And the rest, as they say, is history.
3. Smriti Irani- The quintessential bahu
Smriti Irani’s on-screen persona, Tulsi, was known throughout the country. However, she had first entered the Femina Miss India contest and, after losing the contest, was forced to work as a floor scrubber at McDonalds. She now has joined politics and is the current Minister of Human Resource Development! That is a rags to riches story!
4. Rajinikanth- The biggest superhero
While he was still a young boy, Rajinikanth used to act in plays like the Mahabharata at the math where he was enrolled. As he grew older, he took on odd jobs to make a living, including that of a carpenter and a coolie. He eventually became a bus conductor where he would keep people in peals of laughter with his antics before he decided to resume playacting. Rajinikanth soon rose to superstardom and is almost revered is a deity down South. Long Live Thalaiva!
5. Rakhi Sawant- The item girl
She is a hellion, always in the news for the wrong, albeit, entertaining reasons. But did you know, she started working as early as the age of 10, as a caterer just to make ends meet for her and her family? As she grew older, she started working as a bar dancer in Mumbai before making the transition to an item girl in various B-grade Bollywood movies and music videos.
6. Boman Irani- The versatile actor
Boman Irani worked as a waiter and room service staff at the Taj Mahal Palace for a while. Alongside this job, he continued to help his mother run their family bakery. He eventually developed an interest in photography which in turn led to curiosity about films. Irani has given the Indian audience stellar performances over the years in a variety of roles and Indian cinema would not have been the same without him.
7. Rayeysh Omprakash Mehra- Award-winning director
Mehra has done a variety of odd jobs before he landed at the helm of directing Rang De Basanti. He used to work as a vacuum cleaner salesman for Eureka Forbes. When he ventured into film-making, he worked as a spot boy and his duties included bringing tea for the director and other members of the cast and crew.