It seems like the celebrities we see on the big screen, live lives we can only dream of. With all the glitz and the amazing fan following, we all feel a little jealous about the lifestyles of them all. What we do fail to notice sometimes is that while stardom may have its own perks, it does come at a price! No matter the fame, every little victory has come after a good amount of struggle and many Bollywood celebrities define this notion.

Here are the top 10 celebrities with inspirational struggle stories:

1. SHAH RUKH KHAN

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Who is now known as the king of Bollywood, our very own Shah Rukh Khan, had a rough start. His first salary was only Rs. 50 for which he worked as an usher at a concert.

2. NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI

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He came from a poor family and grew up with 8 siblings. He once worked as a watchman to make ends meet and today has several awards in his arsenal.

3. ARSHAD WARSI

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Famous for his role as “Circuit” in Munna Bhai MBBS, this talented actor has an amazing comic timing. During his days of hard work and setbacks, he worked as a sales person. Did you know, he is also a choreographer?

4. KANGANA RANAUT

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Our Bollywood Queen faced physical abuse on entering the film industry but such things did not scare her away and she still went for her dreams. She had to teach herself English and has proved herself as a remarkable actress!

5. VIDYA BALAN

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She faces rejection so many times in a row that at a point she was called a “jinx”. She recalls days when she broke down and was clouded with feelings of uncertainty and failure. She was also told that she was not pretty to be a leading face in the movies but we all know how successful, established and mesmerising she is today!

6. JOHNY LEVER

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We all know him for his hilarious comic timing and wonderful acting skills. He quit his studies at a young age and even sold pens on the street. He worked in Hindustan Lever Ltd. plant from where he got his last name.

7. ANURAG BASU

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Not many people know that Anurag Basu is a cancer survivor.

8. BOMAN IRANI

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He worked as a waiter at The Taj. Later he started working in his Mother’s bakery shop and got his first break at the age of 44. It’s as though his story tells –“it’s never too late!”

9. SUSHMITA SEN

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This Diva is a true inspiration to women who want to live on their own terms. She is a happy single mother to two beautiful daughters. She has never been afraid to express herself and just the tone of her voice makes you want to believe everything she says.

10. AKSHAY KUMAR

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The “Khiladi” of Bollywood is known for being a humble and extremely committed person. During his struggle days he worked as a background dancer.

 

Written by Varnika Chauhan

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