Cigarette smoking is considered one of the biggest problems in the country, and most television entities display ads against it. However, it may be awkward to note that our very own Bollywood actors, who we so conveniently have called as ‘heroes’, have been indulging in the habit over the years. Let us look at some.

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Shah Rukh Khan

The Baadshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan is a cigarette addict. The superstar has even confessed in an interview that he is a chain smoker and that he just can’t let go of the addiction. His addiction has even got him into trouble a few times but he still hasn’t kicked the butt.

Ajay Devgn

This ‘Action Jackson’ has been impressive on screen but his lifestyle choices will leave many disappointed. Some Bollywood stars like Ajay have a cult-like fan following and they aren’t doing their image any favour by indulging in such habits.

Ranbir Kapoor

This chocolate boy has won millions of hearts in a short span of time with super-hit performances in movies like ‘Barfi’, ‘Ye Jawani Hai Deewani’ and ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’. Ranbir has been the poster boy for youngsters in Bollywood; however his habits have ruined his image. Ranbir is definitely not setting a great example for the crowds that follow him. Apparently, during the shooting of ‘Raajneeti’, Ranbir gave his director Prakash Jha a hell of a time, due to his constant smoke breaks.

Arjun Rampal

With a superhero body and a sculpted face, Arjun has been the dream man for many women in Bollywood. However, his smoking habits may be repulsive for many.

Sanjay Dutt

‘Munna’ has always been in the news for the wrong reasons. With his characters very close to his real life personality, it comes as no surprise that he is a chain smoker.

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.

Bollywood stars have always been known to flirt with controversy. Bollywood is well-known all around the world for both good and not-so-good reasons. Let us look at the lives of some Bollywood stars and how controversies have embroidered their lives.

Salman Khan

When you have to describe Salman, a word like brash will be close on your mind. Salman first got into controversy in 1998 by hunting an endangered Chinkara, following which he was arrested, but later released on bail. But he continued to play with fire when he drove his car over a footpath where some homeless people were sleeping. This left one dead and three injured and he was charged with a hit and run case.

Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan is another star who swam in the danger sea once too often. Coming from a royal background, he was bound to get away with things but he faced quite a lot of trouble somehow. In the year 2012, the nawab was with his wife and friends and fell into an argument with an NRI at the Taj hotel and he allegedly brawled with the man and broke his nose. Besides this, Saif was also accused in the same Chinkara hunting case for allegedly being an accomplice of Salman in the act.

Sanjay Dutt

How can anyone forget Sanjay’s famous ‘Munnabhai’ character from the movie ‘Munnabhai M.B.B.S’! Sanjay is allegedly known to have contacts with many such ‘gundas’ like in the movie and has always been surrounded by controversies in his real life.

Shah Rukh Khan

How could we miss out on ‘King Khan’ who was found to be misbehaving with a security official while at the Wankhede stadium in 2012’s edition of IPL. He was also alleged of slapping Farah Khan’s husband Shirish Kunder at a party.

Shiney Ahuja

Shiney Ahuja may not be a very popular name in Bollywood, but found himself in the headlines with some really serious charges of raping his housemaid in the year 2009.

Preity Zinta

If you thought that the leading ladies of Bollywood would miss out, then I’m afraid you’re mistaken. Preity Zinta was the hot topic of B-town when she was alleged to be in an affair with an already married Shekhar Kapur.

Kareena Kapoor

Kareena was always known to be a bold chic. When her MMS was leaked out showing her passionately kissing her then boyfriend Shahid Kapoor, this boiled a lot of gossip.

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty made it into this list due to her racism accusation on one of the contestants in the British reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ which became a topic of discussion across India and the UK. Later, Shilpa again got into another controversy when Hollywood star Richard Gere openly kissed the actress.