Akshay Kumar worked as waiter before entering Bollywood
Akshay Kumar worked as waiter before entering Bollywood

It is often said that success is not earned overnight and there are many examples in Bollywood that prove how true this statement is. There are many actors who worked hard and did common jobs like anyone else to make things work. Check out this list of 10 actors who had completely different careers before acting.

1. Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Chemist, Watchman

10 Bollywood Actors Who Had Completely Different Careers Before Acting - Nawazuddin
Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Born into a family of farmers and being the eldest of his eight siblings, Nawazuddin worked as a chemist in Vadodara for a year, before leaving for Delhi in search for a new job. He was drawn towards acting in Delhi and joined NSD. He even worked a watchman to make ends meet. (Nawazuddin Siddiqui facts)

2. Boman Irani: Waiter

10 Actors who had completely different careers before entering Bollywood- Boman Irani
Boman Irani

Boman completed his polytechnic diploma course from Mithibai College and then he joined the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower and worked there as a waiter and room service staff. He later turned to photography in 1987 and continued with it until he became an actor.

3. Ranveer Singh: Copywriter

10 Bollywood Actors Who Had Completely Different Careers Before Acting - Ranveer Singh
Ranveer Singh

Though Ranveer was always fascinated with cinema, he focused on creative writing. After completing his studies, Ranveer Singh worked in advertising as a copywriter, with agencies like O&M and J. Walter Thompson. He then worked as an assistant director but left it to pursue acting.

4. Amitabh Bachchan: Shipping Executive

10 Actors who had completely different careers before entering Bollywood- Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan

Big B’s first ever job was with a shipping firm as an executive. He later worked as a freight broker for another shipping firm. He even tried being a radio announcer but was rejected by All India Radio due to his baritone.

5. Akshay Kumar: Chef and Waiter

10 Actors who had completely different careers before entering Bollywood- Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

Khiladi Kumar always wanted to do something on his own. After obtaining a black belt in Taekwondo in India, he moved to Bangkok to learn Muay Thai. He had to work as a chef and waiter there. When he returned to India, he started working as a martial arts teacher and eventually got a modelling assignment from one of his students who was an aspiring photographer.

6. John Abraham: Media Planner

10 Actors who had completely different careers before entering Bollywood- John Abraham
John Abraham

John started his career as a model but then started working with a media firm as he was an MBA, He then worked as a media planner for Enterprises-Nexus. This was before he won the Gladrags Manhunt Contest and appeared in many music videos too.

7. Arshad Warsi: Salesman

10 Actors who had completely different careers before entering Bollywood- Arshad Warsi
Arshad Warsi

Orphaned at the age of 14, Arshad struggled for a living in Mumbai. Due to financial crisis, Arshad Warsi forced to work as a door to door cosmetic salesman. Later he worked in a photo lab. He always had an interest in dancing and when he received an offer from Akbar Sami’s Dance group in Mumbai, he joined them immediately.

8. Randeep Hooda: Waiter, Taxi Driver

10 Actors who had completely different careers before entering Bollywood- Randeep Hooda
Randeep Hooda

Randeep Hooda enjoyed appearing in front of people since his school days. But due to his family’s pressure, he pursued studies. He completed his graduation and post-graduation in Australia and while he was there, he worked in a Chinese restaurant, a car wash, as a waiter and for two years as a taxi driver. On his return to India, he worked in the marketing department of an airline before taking up modelling.

9. Kay Kay Menon: Advertising

10 Actors who had completely different careers before entering Bollywood- Kay Kay Menon
Kay Kay Menon

This talented actor has a major in Marketing. His initial focus was working in the advertising industry including Kinetic Honda and Marlboro cigarette advertisements in India. But things changed when he met his now wife Nivedita Bhattacharya and got into theatre.

10. R. Madhavan: Public Speaker

10 Actors who had completely different careers before entering Bollywood- R Madhavan
R Madhavan

Ranganathan Madhavan was a studious chap while in school. He had a degree in Electronics and also got to travel abroad frequently due to his involvement in NCC cadets. He wanted to join the Royal Air Force at one point but could not do so and began teaching courses on public speaking and personality development skills. This was before he came to Mumbai.

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