10 Best Actors who left their 9-5 jobs for Bollywood

Agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaaho to puri kayanat usey tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai – Om Shanti Om

True! Everyone wishes to become famous and wealthy. So many people come to Mumbai, the city of dreams, hoping that one day they will be able to join Bollywood and become actors. However, not everyone is having the label of a star child. People from various backgrounds have left their 9-5 mundane jobs with dreams in their eyes and passion in their core to pursue an acting career.

So, in this article, we will share the stories of ten talented Bollywood actors who left their 9-5 jobs and established their names in Bollywood despite having no connections to the industry.

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Actors who left their 9-5 jobs for Bollywood

Vicky Kaushal

Actors who left their 9-5 jobs for Bollywood

Although my father encouraged me to pursue a career in engineering, I never felt like I belonged in this world, says the URI’s actor.

Vicky Kaushal was born and raised in Mumbai in a middle-class family. He describes himself as a normal kid who enjoyed reading, watching movies, and playing cricket.” He graduated from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology in Mumbai in 2009 with a degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering. Like any other parent, Vicky’s father wanted his son to have a stable career and find a suitable job that would allow him to earn a monthly paycheck.

But maybe Vicky had another plan in his mind. He began his career as Anurag Kashyap’s assistant director in Gangs of Wasseypur. Finally, he made his Bollywood debut in Masaan. For his performance in the film, he received a lot of love and appreciation from both the audience and the critics. Today, he is unquestionably one of Bollywood’s most successful actors.

Taapsee Pannu

Actors who left their 9-5 jobs for Bollywood

Taapsee Pannu is without a doubt at the peak of her career. She has gained a lot of attention in the eyes of audiences and very well-known critics and filmmakers after playing a female-centric role in films like Pink, Thappad, and Mulk. Many major projects are in the works for her, including the Netflix film Looop Lapeta, a Hindi remake of the German classic “Run Lola Run.”

But things have never been this same. Taapsee has a background in software engineering. She graduated from Guru Teg Bahadur University in Delhi and began working in a software company. She soon quit her job and decided to pursue a career in modeling. She auditioned for shows like Channel V’s Get Gorgeous, which straight led to her role as Minal Arora in Pink.

Ranveer Singh

Actors who left their 9-5 jobs for Bollywood

Today, Ranveer Singh, whom we refer to as a “Massive Ball of Energy,” is another great example of a Bollywood star who quit his job to pursue his acting career. 

Before entering Bollywood, he graduated from the H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. When he realized that making it big in the b-town industry would be difficult, he moved to Bloomington and studied creative writing at Indiana University.

In 2007, he returned to Mumbai and began working as a copywriter for agencies such as O&M and JWT. Later, he made his debut in Yash Raj Films’ Band Baaja Baraat, and the graph has risen exponentially since then.

Ayushmann Khurrana

Actors who left their 9-5 jobs for Bollywood

Did you know, “Ayushmann Khurrana chose a career as a radio jockey over a role in Kyunki Sath Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi,”?

What makes this actor so appealing is that he is an inspiration to many young artists. He rose from being a radio jockey in Chandigarh to being the youngest RJ to host a breakfast show, and to prominence for the first time when he won the second season of the MTV reality show Roadies.

Unlike the other Bollywood actors mentioned above, Ayushmann Khurrana’s approach was a little different. He has always been drawn to the performing arts. He made his big-screen debut in the film ‘Vicky Donar.’ Movies like Andhadhun, Badhai Ho, Article 15, and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan have elevated him to stardom.

There is no doubt that he is a rising star in Bollywood, and we have always been glued to all of his films.

John Abraham

Actors who left their 9-5 jobs for Bollywood

Acting, like the other actors mentioned above, was not his first career. John Abraham attended Bombay Scottish School before graduating in economics from Jai Hind College, a prestigious Mumbai college. Later, he earned his master’s degree in Management Science from Mumbai Educational Trust and began working as a Strategist Planner for Enterprise Nexus, an advertising agency.

However, after some time working, he entered the modeling world at the age of 26. Later, in 2003, he made his big-screen debut in the film Jism.’ He eventually managed to create an action hero image in B-town while working in a significant number of hit movies such as Dhoom, New York, Rocky Handsome, Force, and Madras Cafe.

Parineeti Chopra

Actors who left their 9-5 jobs for Bollywood

Parineeti Chopra’s journey to the Bollywood industry is fascinating. Parineeti had no intention of entering the film industry despite being an onscreen and offscreen, seemingly courageous and confident actor.

In a press interview, Parineeti stated, “I failed to find a job in London despite having a triple honors degree in Business, Finance, and Economics from Manchester Business School. So I bought a ticket to Mumbai because it was less expensive than a ticket to Delhi.”

She then got a job at Yash Raj Studio in the marketing and public relations department. During her internship, she made her film debut in ‘Meri Pyaari Bindhu.’ And this is how she learned her first lesson in acting, and there has been no turning back since. Parineeti Chopra has also once appeared in Famous Dabboo Ratnanis Annual Celebrity Calendar.

Randeep Hooda

Actors who left their 9-5 jobs for Bollywood

Everyone has their own struggle to get a Bollywood ticket, and this actor is no exception. Randeep Hooda was born and raised in the state of Haryana. He moved to Australia for further studies and completed his master’s degree in marketing and human resources. He cleaned tables, worked in a car garage, and delivered food there.

Later, in 2000, he returned to India, where he worked in the marketing department of an airline and began acting in theatres. After a year of struggle, he made his film debut in Monsoon Wedding, all because of his Australian accent. But that made no difference in his acting career. 

It was the year 2005, that he struck gold when Ram Gopal Verma cast him as a lead in his film D which is based on the true story of Dawood Ibrahim. Since then, he has become a household name throughout the country.

Sayani Gupta

Sayani Gupta is a rising star in the Bollywood industry. Before making her Bollywood debut, the ‘Margarita with a Straw’ girl graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, where she discovered her passion for theatre.

She made her debut in Second Marriage Dot Com and has since worked on many great projects such as Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos, Fan (in which she co-starred with Shahrukh Khan is the most talented actor in the Bollywood Industry. One of his fan anthems became a huge hit, this song was recorded in 6 languages.), Bangla Film, and advertisements.

Akshay Kumar

“Na hum Amitabh, Na Dilip Kumar, Na Kisi Hero ke bache…Hum hai seedhe saadhe Akshay.”

This incredibly handsome and fitness enthusiast, Akshay Kumar’s journey from Chandni Chowk to Bollywood has been an inspiration to us. The actor was born in Amritsar, Punjab, and raised in New Delhi’s famous streets of Chandni Chowk.

He had always had a strong desire to learn martial arts, which is why he traveled to Bangkok. He used to manage his expenses in that city by working as a waiter at a hotel. 

Later, he returned to Mumbai and began teaching martial arts, where one of his students, a photographer, suggested he try modeling. Within a few months, he was offered the lead role in Pramod Chakravarty’s film Deedar.  And now his name can be heard in every home around the nation.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is well-known in the entertainment industry for his flawless performances and has a large global fan base.

The actor had a difficult journey from working as a chemist to becoming a watchman. Born in a small town in the Muzzaffarnagar district, he earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya in Haridwar and began working as a chemist in Vadodra. Later, he moved to Delhi, where he discovered a strong interest in the National School of Drama.

After graduating in 1999, he moved to Mumbai and made his Bollywood debut with a small role in the film, Sarfarosh, and since then he has worked in various films but with this level of roles until 2009, he appeared in a cameo role in the song, Emotional Atyachar of the film Dev D and started getting noticed in the audiences. Now, the actor is well-known for his roles in Sacred Games, Gangs of Wasseypur, The Lunchbox, Talash, and other notable films.

It took all these actors a different journey to make a career in Bollywood and the rest, as they say, is history.

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