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Amid nepotism debate, a look at 'outsiders' who made big in Bollywood

Film families in Bollywood have been at the receiving end of some vitriolic trolling on the nepotism issue, but there are some headstrong outsiders who have carved a niche for themselves by making a mark in their own merit. Here are some celebrities who made it big without any connections in the film industry.

#SHAH RUKH KHAN

Shah Rukh Khan is the best example of how an outsider made it to the top most echelons of the Hindi film industry without a Godfather. Bollywood's Baadshah is known for his sheer talent and hard work.

Did you know that Delhi boy SRK always wanted to join the Indian Army? He never dreamt of being on the silver screen, but fate had some different plans for him.

Starting his career with a TV series 'Fauji' in 1989, SRK's first commercially successful film was 'Deewana' in 1992.

He has appeared in more than 90 Bollywood films and has been awarded with the Padma Shri, and govt of France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Legion of Honour for his contribution to cinema.

# AKSHAY KUMAR

From working as a waiter in Thailand to obtaining a black belt in Taekwondo to featuring in action and comedy films, Akshay Kumar’s career has taken many turns.

Bollywood's Khiladi also changed his name from Rajiv Bhatia to Akshay Kumar.

Akshay modelled for several brands and worked as a background dancer in various films in his struggling days before making his debut in Bollywood with 'Saugandh'.

Akshay has had an illustrious career which spans over 25 years and has over 100 films under his belt.

# PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS

After winning the Miss World pageant at the age of 18, Priyanka Chopra Jonas struggled hard for stardom in Bollywood.

Coming from a non-filmy background, Priyanka's initial films were commercial failures until 'Andaaz' came along in 2003. And there has been no looking back.

PeeCee established herself not only in Bollywood but also in Hollywood with films like 'Baywatch', 'Isn't It Romantic' and TV series 'Quantico'.

Married to musician Nick Jonas, Priyanka has now turned producer, entrepreneur and a philanthropist.


# KANGANA RANAUT

Born in a small town in Himachal Pradesh, Kangana Ranaut’s journey in Bollywood is an inspiring tale of survival.

Kangana rose to fame with her very first film 'Gangster' which released in 2006.

She solidified her reputation as a leading lady who can shoulder mainstream films, with hits like 'Queen' and 'Tanu Weds Manu', 'Manikarnika' and 'Panga' among others.

Kangana Ranaut has won three National Awards for her commendable performances in 'Fashion', 'Queen', and 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'.


#AYUSHMANN KHURRANA

Ayushmann Khurrana created a niche for himself in the industry by opting for offbeat roles and it has worked really well for him.

The video jockey-turned actor has taken risks that many other actors didn't, and that's clear in his choice of films.

Ayushmann made his debut in Bollywood with 'Vicky Donor' in 2012 and since then fans have been in awe of his multi-faceted talent.

He has delivered hits like 'Badhaai Ho', 'Andhadhun', 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' to his credit.

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