Bollywood celebrities are known for their expensive taste and luxurious lifestyles. In fact, they receive lakhs and crores for every role they take up! However, this success is often a result of years of hard work.
Most of these celebrities started small and worked very hard to reach where they are today!
Here are the first salaries of 15 popular Bollywood celebrities.
Shah Rukh Khan
The King of Romance, Shah Rukh Khan’s first salary was just Rs.50. SRK spent the money on a trip to Agra as he wanted to visit the Taj Mahal.
We are still recovering from the loss of Irrfan Khan who passed away earlier this month. The extremely talented actor won national as well as international acclamation for his work.
But did you know that before entering Bollywood, Irrfan worked as a tuition teacher? His salary back then was Rs.25 per student.
Rohit Shetty is one of the most successful directors in the Indian film industry in today’s time. At the beginning of his career, he used to work as an assistant director to filmmaker Kuku Kohli for which he got Rs.35 per day.
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan used to work as an executive at a Kolkata based shipping firm before he entered Bollywood. Can you believe his first salary was Rs.500?
Yesteryears superstar Dharmendra got his big Bollywood break in the 1960 movie Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere. He received Rs.51 for the role.
Before becoming an actor, this B-Town heartthrob used to work as a waiter at a restaurant in Australia. As per the reports, he made $8 per hour along with $1.3 for every delivery he made.
Aamir Khan is one of the most sought after actors in Bollywood. At the beginning of his career, he worked as an assistant director. His first salary was only Rs.1000.
Bollywood’s very own Khiladi was a waiter and a chef at a Bangkok eatery before he entered Bollywood. He used to earn Rs. 1500 back then.
Hrithik Roshan’s first salary was Rs.100, which he received for acting in the movie Aasha (1980) as a child artist. He spent the amount on toy cars!
When she was just 18, Soman started working as an assistant director to top filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She earned Rs.3000 for her first assignment.
After winning the Miss World title, Piggy Chops landed her first assignment for which she received Rs.5000. Priyanka handed over her first salary to her mother!
Manoj Bajpayee is one of the finest Bollywood actors in today’s time. After being rejected by the National School of Drama, Bajpayee joined Barry John, a theater group. One of the first gigs the actor got was to help Barry in directing plays. His salary back then was Rs.1200 per month.
When Emraan was seven, he appeared in a commercial for Good Knight. He was given Rs.2500 for this assignment.
While she was pursuing her education in London, Kalki used to work in a cafe. Her first salary was 40 pounds and she used it to pay her rent.
One of Naseeruddin Shah’s initial movie appearances was in Mohan Kumar’s Aman (1967). In this role, he stood behind Rajendra Kapor during his funeral scene. He was paid Rs.7.50 for this role.
All these celebrities have proved that hard work, determination, and dedication are what you need to realise your dreams!