With all these so-called star kids being polished, educated, trained and taught the ABCs of acting and grooming, it certainly gets invariably challenging for young and talented persons to carve their niche in the glamour industry. However, beating all odds, here’s the list of the top actors, who battled criticism, failure and bad reviews and still made it big in the Indian tinsel town without any Godfather.

1. Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan

The Badshah of Bollywood had to struggle quite a lot in his initial days before he hit the jackpot and earned his numero uno position.

2. Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Being the son of renowned poet, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, it wasn’t really easy for Mr. Bachchan to go against his father’s wishes and venture into the field of his dreams. At a time when actors like Rajesh Khanna ruled the roost, Amitabh Bachchan had to struggle a lot due to his height. However, now he is a global icon.

3. Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

The former Miss World, who battled complexion and the consequent low self-esteem issues had a tough time brushing off her bullies and finally becoming what she is today. Priyanka is currently a super successful actress, singer, supermodel and the only Indian actress to be featured as a lead in a Hollywood show.

4. Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar

The man who began his career as a chef went on to do films and is today, one of the reigning superstars of Bollywood.

5. Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

The gorgeous face, lovely smile, enviable body and amazing height, this girl has got it all! Ms. Padukone, former love-interest of Ranbir Kapoor, tasted success right from her first film and is now, the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood.

6. Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

The ‘Queen’ of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut came from a small town, yet proved her mettle with several successful films to her credit. Several top-notch directors and producers beeline at her home with offers.

7. Irfan Khan

Irrfan Khan

The man who is a bundle of sheer talent and expertise, Irfan Khan has redefined the term, ‘actor’ in Bollywood. With his extra-ordinary prowess at acting, Irfan is an extremely celebrated actor and with his several Hollywood projects adding feathers to his cap, things are only getting brighter for this superb actor.

8. Nawazuddin Siddique


Known to portray all kinds of roles with equal amount of panache and ease, Nawaz is undoubtedly a born actor. Having struggled tremendously to get to this position, Nawaz’s hard work has paid off as he is highly appreciated and loved for his powerful portrayal of characters that leave a lasting impression on our minds. Nawaz is raw talent, indeed.

9. Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai

Another beauty queen and the Bachchan bahu, Aishwarya broke the jinx and made an indisputable mark in Bollywood. Recently crowned as the ‘Most Successful Miss World,’ Aishwarya is an inspiration to many and instills hope and encouragement in all women across the globe to dream bigger and achieve everything that they set out for. 

10. Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh

The ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ actor, who brushed away naysayers with his acting expertise, Ranveer came a long way from his struggling days. The talented actor had to go through a lot before he claimed his coveted spot in the Indian film industry.