Bollywood is the world’s largest existing film industry. Mostly, the young actors in Bollywood are star kids or the ones with deep roots in Bollywood and it is often perceived as a field dominated by them. But, the revolutionary era of the 2000s is changing the dynamics of Bollywood way too fast as self-made artists are giving strong competition to the existing star kids.
Top 5 Self-made Young Actors in Bollywood
Mad4india brings a list of 5 self-made young actors in Bollywood who made it big after struggling a lot in the industry. Some of them even slept on the floor before they got a silk mattress for themselves. Let us see who these stars are.
1. Radhika Apte
Radhika Apte is a famous Indian theater and film actress born in Vellore, Tamil Nadu and brought up in Pune. Before stepping into the film industry, she began with theatre.
Radhika Apte was a studious kid and a perfect example of beauty with a brain. She is an Economics and Mathematics graduate from Pune. She even learned Kathak for eight years in her initial days.
She involved herself in theatre immensely and later on visited Mumbai to try her luck for the silver screen. Radhika made her Bollywood debut while being in college with Vaah, Life ho to aisi in 2005.
Ever since she entered the industry she had to struggle here and there amongst the other young actors in Bollywood, But, slowly she started working in multiple languages. With six big releases across multiple platforms, this Sacred Games actor owned 2018. She is a true self-made inspiration in Bollywood.
2. Sanya Malhotra
Sanya Malhotra is the next name breaking the chain of star kids as young actors in Bollywood. She was born and brought up in Delhi. Completing her schooling at Ryan International and graduating from Gargi College, Delhi University, she was always fascinated by dancing and even joined a choreography society to explore new dance forms and techniques. To continue the work she loved, Sanya joined a school as a dance teacher.
She even auditioned for the reality show Dance India Dance and was shortlisted in the top 100 but got rejected because her backstory wasn’t strong enough for the show. Sanya stayed in Mumbai for a few more auditions but ended up doing 10 ads in a year.
After doing several commercials, she got a call from casting director Mukesh Chhabra for the main role in Dangal. She auditioned for it along with 30 more girls and finally cracked her first blockbuster Dangal. Since then she made a strong place among the young actors in Bollywood who are known for their exceptional acting skills.
3. Rajkumar Rao
Beating most of the young actors in Bollywood, Rajkumar Rao made organic growth in Bollywood as he was not born with a silver spoon. He grew up in Gurgaon in a joint family of 16 people and after shifting to Mumbai for work he shared a flat with two of his friends where he had to sleep on a floor.
Just like other self-made young actors in Bollywood, Rajkumar Rao also witnessed a tough time while making his own identity in Bollywood.
Debuting in 2010 with the film Love Sex aur Dhoka, Rajkumar Rao has done a variety of roles. From serious and intense ones to light-hearted and comedy roles, Rajkumar excelled in every field he was chosen.
Giving some of the big hits like Stree, Bareilly ki Barfi, and Made in China, he won many awards for his acting including a National Film Award, four Filmfare Awards, and an Asia Pacific Screen Award. He just came and conquered!
4. Tapsee Pannu
Tapsee Pannu rose to stardom as an outsider and made her place among the young actors in Bollywood. Tapsee has a degree in Engineering and she is a woman with factual knowledge and equal sarcasm.
She handles her own social media because she believes that it should be her decision whether she has to react to criticism or not and if yes then in what manner.
In her recent interview, she said “I was born with curly hair, didn’t know that there was a copyright for it”. She was constantly defamed for being related to Kangna Ranaut in some way because of the similarity of their hair so she came back with a strong reply.
Debuting in Telugu, Tapsee gave some award-winning big hits in Bollywood like Pink, Thappad, Naam Shabana, Badla, and many more. Today, you cannot imagine the top young actors in Bollywood without Tapsee!
5. Kartik Aryan
Another famous name in the self-made young actors in Bollywood is Kartik Aryan. Pyar ka Punchnama, his first film made him an overnight sensation in Bollywood. His monologue rant of a frustrated boyfriend was loved by everyone in the audience. He is known to play roles that are sexist and highly problematic but he became a youth icon through his debut film.
While everybody thought he would get lost in the crowd, Kartik Aryan proved that he was not a one-time-wonder and delivered blockbusters like Sonu Ke Teetu Ki Tweety and Bhul Bhulaiya 2.
Being a son of doctor parents, he was always expected to be a doctor. But, Kartik listened to his heart and followed his passion for acting. He even pursued an engineering degree in bio-technology but his heart led him to the city of dreams and made him a successful self-made star in Bollywood.
These celebrities made it possible for all those who dream of getting into the industry but think it is impossible to crack the acting career without any connection. All these self-made young actors in Bollywood redefined the idea of nepotism and made their strong place. Mad4India appreciates their struggle and hopes for a blast in their career.
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