We often think that Bollywood stars lead lavish and glamorous lives, but seldom realize that it takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to reach the heights of this coveted fame. Not everyone is born into privilege and many come from humble backgrounds with big dreams. The Hindi film industry relies heavily on conventional looking actors and actors are often rejected for their complexion, weight, age and other illogical reasons. Let’s take a look at 7 stars who were told they would never make it in Bollywood but proved everyone wrong.
Madhuri Dixit is one of the most successful actresses we have today, but things haven’t been easy for her. People told her she wasn’t a hero and she shouldn’t keep acting. In an interview, Madhuri Dixit said, “Everyone goes through a phase where people discourage them. They’re discouraged, rejected, told they’re not into heroin or they’re very skinny, or whatever… I faced the same thing. People said I didn’t look like a hero because I was a very young girl, of Maharashtrian origin, very small. Everyone has these myths about what a heroine should look like. I am grateful to my mother who has been like a force that has guided me throughout. She was a great woman. There was a time when someone said I couldn’t be a top woman and I was downhearted, but my mom advised me not to listen to them and keep working hard. She said it would happen at the right time. Eventually, even if someone criticized me, it was like water off a duck’s back. I used to take constructive criticism and work on it. Whatever I do, I do it with sincerity and to the best of my abilities.
She added: “I have no complaints about my whole trip. I’ve worked with the best actors, directors, I’ve had great scripts, songs, I’ve worked with amazing choreographers… what more could you ask for. I learned so much from them.
In an exclusive interview with The world of man, Sanya Malhotra said: “There were so many people who told me that I could not succeed. I remember a close friend telling me that it was a risk and it took time…I can’t wake up one morning and decide to become an actor…and so on…It was hurtful to that time but it gave me a boost. I remember it but I have no malice in my heart. These are people who were trying to make it in Bollywood. I was lucky and lucky to have had opportunities. I was in the right place at the right time, probably.
Taapsee Pannu has established herself as one of the most versatile actresses in Bollywood in recent years, thanks to her outstanding performances. However, in an interview with Hindustan time, the actor revealed that she was initially turned down for “stupid” reasons. She said, “I’ve been told, you’re not beautiful and glamorous enough, you’re too serious an actor… you’re not good enough as an actor, you’re not like that and so is the girl.”
Anushka Sharma, who debuted under the Yash Raj Films banner, has previously been judged based on her looks. The actor, who began his career with modeling, said India today that she faced a lot of rejection. “I was rejected when I was 15. I’m not talking about it because it’s not necessary. But I was constantly getting kicked off shows, picked for a commercial, and then replaced,” she said.
Ranveer Singh once revealed that Aditya Chopra once told him that he was “not a conventionally handsome boy”. He said, “Son, you have to act really well if you want people to like you, which is a polite way of saying you’re ugly.”
Rajkummar Rao is one of the best actors we have today. However, in a 2017 interview with DNA, Rao said that despite being impressive in an audition, he was not chosen as the lead in the project. He said he [casting director] I really liked my test, but he said to me, “Acting is fine, but I can’t give you a main role because the main heroes are supposed to be lean and muscular”. But do you want to play a small character in my film?
Vidya Balan is undoubtedly one of the best Bollywood has seen. His rise to fame, however, was not easy. Even after gaining stardom in the film industry, she was constantly criticized for her body. While talking with Filmfare, the actor revealed he was told she wasn’t “good enough.” She said: “I carried the anger of rejection, the judgment around my body, the criticism around my dressing. I was called “jinxed” in the South.
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