9 Bollywood Outsiders And How They Rise To Stardom Without A Godfather

Mina Muzumdar |May 16, 2019

From Ranveer Singh to Priyanka Chopra, they are Bollywood superstar who builds their reputation from the ground without a Godfather in the industry.

Over the years, we have been questioning and debating about nepotism in Bollywood as many people now agree that you need a godfather to rise to fame in this thriving industry. However, there are Bollywood superstars who have cemented their standing in Bollywood by their talent and their dedication to work. They are called outsider actors in Bollywood or Bollywood actors without nepotism.

From Ranveer Singh to Priyanka Chopra, these actors claim loud and clear that they still can achieve tremendous success even they are outsiders. Here is the top 9 Bollywood outsiders who carve their own path without godfather in Bollywood.

Ranveer Singh

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Ranveer Singh is a rare Bollywood actor without godfather gaining such a loud success.

In an interview, the Gully Boy actor admitted that he never think of becoming an actor before. And before becoming a superstar, Ranveer Singh once is a waiter at Starbuck, a copywriter in his later life but his fate finally led him to Bollywood.


Priyanka Chopra

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PeeCee is a strong girl who rises without a godfather.

Being one of the first Indian who becomes an international superstar, Priyanka Chopra is proud of the country. While people have been making assumptions that her way to Bollywood and Hollywood is just like a cakewalk after she crowned Miss World 2000. Nevertheless, the beauty queen also struggled in her early life to get to where she is right now.


Shah Rukh Khan

With his own strength and mind, he becomes the King of Bollywood.

If Shah Rukh Khan didn't get injured before, he would become an athlete instead of an actor. Nowadays, Shah Rukh Khan is a timeless icon actor in Bollywood and he also embodies everything that the film industry stands for.


Anushka Sharma

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Wife of Virat Kohli proves her talent despite obstacles being a Bollywood outsider.

When a door closes another door opens is just right for Anushka Sharma.


>>> Know what? Ranveer Singh, Anushka and Akshay Kumar all rank in Top 10 Richest Bollywood Actors with Staggering Net Worth

Akshay Kumar

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This Bollywood actor without godfather goes from a cook to a Bollywood superstar.

Before earning his stardom in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar had been quite struggling to make his first step into the billion dollar industry. There even people who said that he isn't qualified for Bollywood, however, the actor proved vice versa. Undoubtedly, Akshay Kumar is one of the Indian actors who have the greatest contribution to the country's film industry.

"I was late for my first ad assignment and the coordinator told me I didn't deserve to be in this industry. That same evening, a make-up guy in Natraj Studio took me to Pramod Chakravorty who offered me his film."

>>> Read how he earns his money from a poor cook in Bangkok to a Bollywood superstar:  Akshay Kumar Net Worth

Deepika Padukone

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Deepika Padukone has attained Bollywood success with her own abilities.

As Deepika's father Prakash Padukone is a legend Indian badminton player who ranked World No.1 in 1980, he wanted her daughter to follow his step. Despite having her father talent, Deepika Padukone still breaks out of the life which had been set as default for her to become an A-list Bollywood star and one of the very few Indian actresses who made their name known in Hollywood.


Sidharth Malhotra

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Knowing he is a Bollywood outsider, Sidharth keeps working harder to survive in the industry.

Sidharth Malhotra is indeed an outsider and a fledgling actor when he has little knowledge of acting. Nevertheless, his hard-working attitude and his will to learn while keeping his head down during the first few days in the industry result in big success now.

"I took up modelling at a young age for fun and easy pocket money. However, soon I got bitten by the 'filmy keeda', so I quit modelling. I gave auditions in Delhi without any success. So I decided to assist on a film set to understand more about cinema. Luckily I got a chance to assist in My Name Is Khan. It was a big movie and I was a junior. However that got me noticed and landed me a part in SOTY which was also a Dharma production."

Kangana Ranaut

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Kangana is a rare case among Bollywood outsiders who dares to fight Bollywood nepotism.

Kangana Ranaut is a controversy queen in Bollywood but her acting skill got credited from both the critic and audience through various film. Her talent, her strong will and her passion for film is something that we can deny.


Sushant Singh Rajput

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The actor couldn't bear the stress of being an outsider.

Sushant Singh Rajput was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth like numerous other Bollywood celebrities. During his initial struggling day, he used to work in many coffee shops before the life-changing opportunity arrived at his doorstep.

"After an initial phase of struggle, I got noticed once I landed the lead role in Ekta Kapoor's daily soap Pavitra Rishta. But I wanted to do films so I quit the show and was jobless for many months and like a true struggler worked at various coffee shops. And then, Kai Po Che happened and my life changed."

And the unfortunate actor couldn't bear the nepotism in Bollywood anymore. Like many other Bollywood actors without godfather, he is not recognized after years of hard work. He felt like he would be always among outsider actors in Bollywood industry whom people give no chance. Sushant Singh Rajput ended his life on June 14, 2020.

>>> Related post: It Wasn’t Suicide But Murder, The Death Of Sushant Singh Rajput Believed To Have Many Dark Mysteries


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