Mumbai, 10 May-2014, Indilens Web Team: Acting has been a fantasy for many but getting into it takes a lot of hard work and passion. Few stars who are a part of the Bollywood film industry never got a chance by luck but it was their passion that brought them in this field. Many stars were into a different profession before they got in here, come let’s have a look at them.
One of Bollywood’s sex symbols from the 70s and 80, Zeenat’s first job was as a journalist for a leading film magazine. This was before modeling happened and he career focus changed.
One of the most stylish actors of Hindi cinema, Raaj Kumar was a sub-inspector in Mumbai Police. Now we know the secret behind why he pulled off khaki characters with nonchalance.
While trying to make mark as an actor in theatre, the legendary villain needed a job to survive in Mumbai (then Bombay). He thus joined the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).
A legend of Indian cinema, Smita worked as a television newscaster for Doordarshan in the 1970s.
Dadamoni was a lab assistant in Himanshu Rai’s studio, and became an actor by accident. The male lead of Rai’s 1936 film ‘Jeevan Naiya’ went absconding with heroine Devika Rani (Rai’s wife), after which the filmmaker gave the hero’s role to Kumar. Rest is history.
In the late 1930s, the versatile actor went to England and worked in BBC-London’s Hindi service as a radio announcer. He returned to India in 1943, and the pursued an acting career.
The late actor was a popular radio announcer on the legendary radio station, Radio Ceylon. He interviewed superstars like Dilip Kumar and Shammi Kapoor on his show. As fate would have it, he ended up becoming an equally big star.
The ‘Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai’ actress was very good at studies. She learnt Economics at the Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and after graduation worked as an economic analyst at a securities firm.
The ‘3 Idiots’ actor and a South superstar, Madhavan is a very good orator, which is why he started a small business, holding workshops on conducting workshops on communication and public speaking, after becoming a graduate.
No we are not referring to her days as an adult star. Before that bold career move of hers, she actually worked at a German bakery, and later at a tax and retirement firm.
A late entrant in Hindi films, the super-talented Boman was employed with a popular five-star hotel in Mumbai as a waiter and room service staff. Later, he also helped his mother in running their ancestral bakery shop in South Mumbai.
The former beauty queen, Jacqueline had worked as a TV reporter in Sri Lanka, and even covered news dealing with political turmoil in the country.
As a youngster, John joined a media firm, which unfortunately closed down due to financial issues. He then joined a famous ad agency in Mumbai as a media planner before modeling and, subsequently, films happened.
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The actress who holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science worked for the Ford Foundation and Citibank before deciding to enter films, in sync with the family tradition.
Owing to his humble background, the south superstar had to do various labourious tasks like that of a coolie and carpenter to support himself and his family financially. He later joined Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor. Shivaji Rao Gaikwad though was always interested in seeing himself on the big screen, and fulfilled his dream following years of struggle.
A black belt in Taekwondo, Khiladi Kumar worked as a chef and a waiter in Bangkok. After returning to Mumbai, he started teaching martial arts as well. Owing to his good looks, he landed some modeling assignments, and films soon followed.
One of the greatest comedians of Bollywood, Johnny had to quit studies while still in school owing to financial problems in his family. To support the family, he started selling pens on the streets of Mumbai, but in a unique fashion, by imitating Bollywood stars. Thankfully, his talent was recognised, and he started entertaining audiences on the big screen as well.
(Input source: Mid-day)