Legendary Bollywood Stars That Went From Rags To Riches

longptb |Dec 28, 2020

Not all Bollywood actors are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Some have to work really hard to reach their positions today while others simply got luck. Check their stories below!

The journey from rags to riches demands immense hard work. Some people believe that the biggest lottery in India might be the way to turn the wheel of fortune, yet Bollywood has a different debate that is ongoing. The question of nepotism in Bollywood has been fueled up with the advent of the second generation of Kapoors and Chopras.

However, there are some hard-working talents with immense devotion who have established them. Here this article talks about Bollywood actors and actresses who had nothing but earned everything with hard work in this industry.

Bollywood Actors From Rags To Riches
These Bollywood heroes were not born rich, they made themselves rich.

Hard work vs the biggest lottery in India

While many rely on hard work, many still wait to test their luck playing the biggest lottery in India. If you look at Bollywood, you will see many actors who have been established, worked hard to secure the position. Here is a list of some of them:

  • Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan belonged to a very ordinary family with a very humble beginning. He is a great example of an outsider who has turned from rags to riches who has evolved as the King of Bollywood with time. No doubt he is one of the top and finest actors in the entire Indian film industry now.

Shah Rukh Khan
King Khan is the first example of hard work in Bollywood.

Shah Rukh Khan restrained from completing his master's degree in Mass Communication for entering the world of films. From television shows to films, SRK had been a successful name. He has become an icon not only for Bollywood but for India too.

  • Boman Irani

Boman Irani used to look after the ancestral bakery of his family. Later, he joined as a housekeeping staff at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Irani also tried his luck every way he could.

Boman Irani
Boman's luck results from his constant efforts.

He had also opted for photography and theatre. After acting in many plays, one day, he was spotted by Raju Hirani. Hirani was the person who brought Boman Irani to the industry.

Irani started his career as Dr. Asthana.

  • Akshay Kumar

Akshay used to work as a waiter in a Bangkok restaurant. From a waiter turned cook, he became the Khiladi of Bollywood. During his days in Bangkok, he was promoted to chef, yet he had to go through a lot of hardships.

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar used to be a waiter in Bangkok, Thailand.

He had to sleep on the floors of the restaurant and do many other menial works. Later on, with proper training in martial arts, Akshay came back to India and tried his luck in Bollywood before evolving as one of the finest actors who became rich from rags.

  • Farah Khan

Being a part of a broken family, Farah Khan and her brother Sajid Khan had a tough childhood, torn between two households. Her parents got separated, and her father died due to too much alcohol consumption.

The financial condition of the family was also not good. They had to borrow money from others for the funeral of her father. However, she evolved to be an incredible choreographer of Bollywood, which changed her luck.

You might not know Farah Khan was a self-taught dancer who also became a director later on.

Farah Khan And Karan Johar
Farah Khan was once interested in Karan Johar.
  • Rajinikanth

The fans of Rajinikanth turn ineffable when told to describe him. He has become the God of South Indian cinemas. However, Rajinikanth was not born to such a status but had to earn it. He belonged to a family without a proper financial background.

Rajnikanth did all sorts of jobs that came to his hand. The legendary actor was once a coolie, a bus conductor, and many more things that gave him money to survive.

Slowly, he started to play small roles in mythological plays. This encounter with plays made him interested in movies and acting. Gradually he entered this world and ruled it for years.

Rajinikanth just recovered from Covid-19.
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin hailed from a family of farmers and was far away from the world of acting. He was the eighth child of the family. After doing many odd jobs like working in a pharmacy, existing as a watchman, Nawaz worked very hard to survive.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is known for his versatile acting in web series.

Later on, his knack for acting made his way to the National School of Drama. Gradually he played small roles in cinemas. With time he has secured a great position in Bollywood, winning the hearts of many people through his acting.

  • Mithun Chakraborty

Mithun Chakraborty participated in the Naxalite movement in Bengal before entering films. He was a martial arts trainee who rose from rags to riches.

Chakraborty pursued acting at the Film and Television Institute of India. Gradually he became the 'disco dancer' of Bollywood ruling the industry for several decades.

Mithun Chakraborty


In the industry where many complain about nepotism, these hard-working Bollywood actors have evolved on their merit. There are many other prominent faces too. To test your luck, you have to work hard besides waiting for the biggest lottery in India.

>>> Also read: Amitabh Bachchan Net Worth, Properties & Rags to Riches Story


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