Not everyone in the Bollywood film industry is born with a silver spoon or has a godfather. These celebrities rose to fame through sheer hard work and dedication even when odds were stacked against them. Take a look at what they used to do before they became actors and attained nationwide fame.

1. Akshay Kumar-

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Before becoming an actor, Akshay Kumar worked as a waiter in a restaurant in Thailand. He then went to become a chef out there. He also learned martial arts and has a black belt in Taekwondo from his days in Bangkok. On returning home he taught martial arts, ventured into modelling and eventually films.

2. Nawazuddin Siddiqui-

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Nawazuddin was one of eight siblings in his family and first worked as a chemist in his home town. He then moved to Delhi, worked as a watchman before joining the National School of Drama and then ventured in to films.

3. Boman Irani-

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Boman Irani worked as a waiter in the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai and also helped his mother run their bakery shop. In course of time he developed a keen interest in photography and films, joined the theatre before making his mark with the hit film Munnabhai M.B.B.S.

4. Rajinikanth-

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While growing up Rajinikanth took to odd jobs such as a carpenter and a coolie to earn a living. He then became a bus conductor and would masterly entertain people in route to before he decided to resume playacting which he did as a child. The rest is history and he is one of the biggest superstars India has ever known.

5. Arshad Warsi-

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Arshad was a door to door salesman and also worked in a photography lab. He had a keen interest in dancing and received an offer to join a dancing group, which kick started his dancing and acting career.

6. Amitabh Bachchan-

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Amitabh’s first job was in a shipping company, Shaw Wallace where he worked as an executive and also worked as a freight broker in another firm. He tried his hand as a radio announcer, but was rejected by All India Radio before he ventured into films.

7. Parineeti Chopra-

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Parineeti was a marketing intern at Yash Raj Studios before she decided to switch focus and become a full time actress. With her charming looks and effervescent acting skills she has gone on to make a mark.

8. Jacqueline Fernandez-

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Jacqueline Fernandez was a news reporter in her home country Sri Lanka before she tried her hand at modelling. She won the Miss Sri Lanka beauty pageant and came to India to try her luck at films and has been quite successful in her short career.

9. Sonakshi Sinha-

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Sonakshi worked as a custom designer in the initial stages of her career before she went into acting on the advice of her father. Her debut film opposite Salman Khan was a super hit and her career just took off from there.

10. Ranveer Singh-

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Ranveer took acting classes while in college and returned to India in 2007 after completing his studies. He worked as a copywriter initially and even worked as an assistant director before shifting his focus to acting. His debut film in 2010 was a major hit and since then has delivered major hits.

11. Siddharth Malhotra-

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Siddharth did modelling just for fun and easy money which he quit after some time. He then assisted renowned director in his hit film My Name is Khan before going on to make his acting debut under him as well in 2012. Since then he has achieved reasonable success.

12. John Abraham-

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Before he began acting John earned his daily living by working as a media planner for Enterprise-Nexus. He made his film debut in 2003 for which he earned a nomination as the best debut actor. Since then he has gone on to deliver major hits and has also worked as a producer.

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