So, most Bollywood celebrities live lavish lives that we all dream of, but did you know, not all of them started at the top? Many of these stars have worked their way to the top by starting off with day jobs just like all of us.

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Zeenat Aman

Zeenat was one of Bollywood’s sex symbols in the 70’s and 80’s. She was a journalist for a magazine before she shifted her focus to a career in modelling, within which she flourished and rose to the top.

Amrish Puri

The super-villain of Indian cinema Amrish Puri was a part of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) before superstardom.

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Raaj Kumar

Raaj Kumar was a Sub-Inspector in Mumbai police before becoming one of the most stylish actors in Bollywood.

Smita Patil

Smita worked as a Doordarshan television newscaster in the 70’s. She then entered the film industry and turned out to be a legend.

Ashok Kumar

He was a lab assistant in Himanshu Rai’s studio, and became an actor by accident. Wouldn’t you love to be in an accident like this?

Sunil Dutt

Sunil Dutt was a popular radio announcer on the legendary radio station, Radio Ceylon.

R Madhavan

This south superstar who impressed one and all with his role in ‘3 Idiots’ was a very good orator, and he started a small business, conducting workshops on communication and public speaking.

Sunny Leone

Everyone knows Sunny for her adult film industry background, but just a handful know that she worked in a German bakery and later in a tax and retirement firm. Academically, Sunny was studying to become a nurse.

Boman Irani

Boman worked as a waiter and a room service staff at a leading five-star hotel. Later, he even helped his mother at their ancestral bakery in South Mumbai.

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Jacqueline Fernandez

This beauty queen was a television reporter in Sri Lanka before contesting and winning a beauty pageant and later entering Bollywood.

John Abraham

John worked at a famous ad agency in Mumbai as a media planner where he was offered a proposal to become a model.


This South superstar hails from a humble background and had to do various jobs to support his family. He worked as a coolie, a carpenter and later a bus conductor before becoming the superstar he is today.

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Akshay Kumar

The daredevil of Bollywood was formerly a chef and waiter in Hong Kong. He was, however, a black belt in Taekwondo and soon returned to Mumbai to teach martial arts. Who knew he would end up in Bollywood back then!

Johnny Lever

The king of Indian comedy Johnny Lever hails from a humble background and had to quit school to support his family. He started by selling pens on the streets. Later he joined Hindustan Lever, where his talent of mimicry was appreciated, following which he took off to Bollywood and stuck with the stage name – Johnny Lever.

The grandeur of Bollywood celebrities is best expressed with their lavish houses around the city. Here we take a look at some celebrities and their houses.

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan relaxing at Prateeksha

Amitabh owns three houses Jalsa, Prateeksha and Janak which are all located in the posh Juhu Scheme area of Mumbai, and are at walking distance from each other. The Bachchans initially used to stay in Jalsa, but after Abhishek Bachchan gained stardom they moved into the bigger Prateeksha. Janak is used as an office. Every Sunday, whenever Senior Bachchan is in town, he makes it a point to greet his fans outside his house, Jalsa. Fans, who know about his practice, start gathering outside the famous abode by 5 PM, so that they get to see this legendary star from as close as possible.

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh has a palatial sea facing house named ‘Mannat’ in Bandra, Mumbai. The house has six floors each catering to a different need. It has a private cinema, a library, a gym and a few rooms for photo shoots. Shah Rukh lives with his wife Gauri, two children and sister Lala Rukh Khan.

Deepika Padukone

Daughter of legendary badminton player Prakash Padukone, Deepika stays in a four bedroom spread with three parking lots in the BeauMonde Towers near the Siddivinayak temple in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. It is on the 26th floor and is worth INR 16 crores. This apartment has been rumoured to have been gifted by her ex boyfriend Sidharth Mallya. But if it was indeed nothing but a rumour, then Deepika, who was 25 at that time, must be the youngest achiever in B-town to buy such an expensive house!

Salman Khan

This Khan can easily afford a lavish bungalow in the heart of Mumbai; but he chooses to stay in an apartment with his family! His building, Galaxy Apartments, is a landmark and also a tourist attraction in the area, just like his contemporary, SRK’s Mannat.  This superstar lives with his parents Salim and Salma Khan, Helen, Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora and their son, Sohail Khan and his wife and son, and his sister Arpita.

John Abraham

John Abraham’s sea facing apartment is a duplex is located in Mumbai near the Arabian Sea and has a clear view of it. This house comes in the category of simple yet stunning. Each room of his apartment is finely planned and designed along with the apt furniture and accessories.

With supreme acting skills that have gained them plaudits from people all over India, some of these Bollywood stars will actually surprise you with their educational degrees as well! Here we take a look at the most highly educated B-town celebrities.

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Preity Zinta

This bubbly Kings XI Punjab owner, with a chubby face and a pretty dimple, is a perfect blend of beauty and brains. She has graduated with an English honours degree and earned a post graduate degree in criminal psychology! Impressive, isn’t it?

Vidya Balan

This B-town bombshell holds a major in sociology from St. Xavier’s, Mumbai. Besides this, she also holds an M.A. from Mumbai University. Talk about being diversely talented!

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Soha Ali Khan

Following in the footsteps of her father, Soha attended the Balliol College in Oxford. She also holds a masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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R Madhavan

R Madhavan has charmed quite a few with his cute smile but that’s not all that is impressive about him! He is a graduate in electronics from Rajaram College, Kolhapur and even won the Maharashtra Best Cadet title which allowed him to make a trip to England. He even received training the Royal Army, the Navy and the Air Force which made him consider joining defence.

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John Abraham

This Bollywood hunk finished his primary education at Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai, and then went on to get an MBA degree from the Mumbai Educational Trust.

Fardeen Khan

Fardeen holds a Business Management degree from the University of Massachusetts, USA! Impressive!