Bollywood is one of the most unpredictable industries that there is. It is all depended on your lucky and connection. If you meet the right people with the right connections at the right time, your career will bloom with finesse. However, if you do not know the small turns and takes, you might end up in a disastrous hole. It is an industry where there is a surprise waiting for you at every turn. Each new endeavour might bring you challenges and ways to climb up a ladder or pull you down.
Reality shows gained popularity in the year 2000, and it made it easier for a lot of struggling actors by giving them a platform of television shows. Daily soaps and sitcoms have given us celebrities that we remember in heed to keep them alive. However, auditions are a necessity too. Today we bring you the list of 5 renowned celebrities who were at first rejected in auditions only to make it big.
The curly-haired goddess who shook Bollywood with her debutant role in ‘Dangal’ has been around the industry since long back. However, she did not claim her fame until recently. Before Sanya became famous, she did try her hand at dancing. She loved the art and wanted to be a part of the much-acclaimed, ‘Dance India Dance’. However, she did not get enrolled and was rejected on the basis that her ‘backstory for the show was not enough’. The casting director of the show surely is biting nails now. Sanya decided to stay back and struggle. Not long after she got her big break. This woman is now swooning us with her unmatchable performances in movies like Badhai Ho, Ludo, Shakuntala Devi and more.
Rajkummar Rao, one of the epitomes of Bollywood contemporary actors always had a dream to make it big in the industry. He did not get his break until 2010 with Dibakar Banerjee’s Love Sex Aur Dhoka. Known for his versatile and different choices in regards to movies, characters and settings- Rao has always been known to take up off-beat movies and controversial roles. However, this was not his first try, at the age of 16, little Rajkummar did want to pursue dancing and auditioned for Boogie Woogie only to be rejected. This did work in his favour as he got into Bollywood and now stays at the top for his amazing portrayal of movies that a lot of mainstream actors would think twice before agreeing to.
Kapil Sharma, one of the biggest Indian comedians of this century, always did not pursue the dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. Born in Amritsar on 2nd April 1981, the boy aspired to become a singer and even auditioned for Indian Idol. This did not work in his favour and we were rejected. This, however, turned his life around as he found comedy. Kapil’s entire life took a turn after he won The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2007 and there was no looking back for him since then. He soon started his own comedy show in his name Comedy Nights with Kapil which turned soon to The Kapil Sharma Show. He also was cast in a movie, but it did not do very well in the box office.
The man of all trades is a gem in itself. The all-rounder has his fingers in all pies. He is an anchor, host, singer, songwriter, actor. One of the best actors Bollywood has ever seen debuted with the very controversial movie Vicky Donor in 2012. Since then there has been no looking back for him. The dewy-eyed man continued picking up movies with a controversial message and rendered hits after hits and made a career of gold in front of him. The Chandigarh boy did come about fame after winning the second season of Roadies in 2014. But Ayushmann, however, tried his luck in 2003 by participating in the show Cinestar’s Ki Khoj but was rejected. He later said that he was not yet ready to cone in front of the camera and thus does not regret not being selected.
Raghu Ram is a man who has a lot of feathers in his hat. He has been a regular supervisor in a lot of MTV shows and known best for his tough exterior as the debacle of being the Roadies Master. However long before this all came to being, he did participate in Indian Idol Season 1 to try his lucky at singing. He was rejected due to not hitting the right chords and notes. Thus, it sure was a song when he received Best Singer Award at the Gima Awards 2012 for the song ‘Manmani’. Raghu and his twin did appear however in comic roles in movies like Tees Maar Khan, Jhootha hi Sahi.