Bollywood’s ocean of gems is filled with a diverse set of individuals who bring a bag of experiences with them. Many of them made it to Bollywood by starting out small with nothing but their skills, hardwork and talent.
Here’s a list of such versatile actors.
1. Shahrukh Khan- Fauji (1989)
Before his movie debut in Deewana (1992), Shahrukh Khan debuted on the small screen of series. From the Fauji we witnessed then in 1989 to the Fauji in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, he has been blessing us with spectacular performances. Since the beginning, he had been embracing all sorts of roles, be it as a villain or a romantic charm. And of course, rocked them too which is what makes ‘King Khan’ the ‘Badshah’ of Bollywood.
2. Vidya Balan- Hum Paanch (1995)
The nerd journalist, Radhika, in the Indian Sitcom ‘Hum Paanch’ produced by Ekta Kapoor, was none other than Vidya Balan. The show was an absolute favorite amongst people of all age groups. Vidya earned hearts with her first role and hopped on to the Bollywood train soon after this. Since then, she has been winning various accolades for her diverse roles in movies.
3. Sushant Singh Rajput- Kis Desh Mein Hai meraa dil (2008)
Prior to acting in big-budget movies, Sushant was a theatre artist. He was spotted by the casting team of Balaji Telefilms while he was performing a play with the theatre group, ‘Ek Jute’. His debut show was Star Plus's romantic drama, Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil (2008) post which he took off for many such series, reality TV shows and finally, the big screen.
4. Ayushmann Khurrana- Pop Stars (2002)
Ayushmann found his love for acting in his college theatre clubs. The versatile actor was first spotted on Channel V’s reality TV show called ‘PopStars’ in 2002. He also received great exposure in the reality show, MTV Roadies. He is also known for his stint as an RJ at BIG FM. Over the period of time, the actor has spectacularly and consequently stepped into different shoes of a writer, singer, actor and philosopher.
5. Irrfan Khan- Chanakya (1991)
Irrfan started out with a number of television series like Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta, Shrikant, AnooGoonj, and Sparsh.
He made his screen debut with the Academy Award-nominated film Salaam Bombay! (1988) He is now working with Bollywood, British films and Hollywood.