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Often, they say that success comes from struggle, to get success one needs to face difficulties, struggle and do hard work. Even in the film industry, actors have been often rejected even before they begin their careers in the Bollywood industry. From Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh to Rajkummar Rao here’s a list of Bollywood celebrities who have been rejected before making it big.


Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma is one of the most successful celebrities today in the Bollywood industry, but did you know the Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi actress was initially rejected even before entering the showbiz world. Reportedly, she was criticized for her plain look. She told India Today: “I have faced rejection from the age of 15. I don’t talk about it because there’s no need to do that. But, I was constantly getting dropped from shows, picked for an ad and then would get replaced.”


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Rajkummar Rao

Rajkummar Rao is one of the most talented actors in the Bollywood industry currently. The actor once revealed that he was rejected despite giving an impressive audition. In an old interview with DNA, the Badhaai Do actor said: “He [casting director] really liked my test but told me, ‘Acting is fine, but I can’t give you a lead part because leading heroes are supposed to be fair and muscular. But do you want to play a small character in my film?’ Currently, Rajkummar is the recipient of several accolades including a National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards and an Asia Pacific Screen Award.


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Ranveer Singh

Ranveer made his debut with Band Baja Baaraat in 2010 with Anushka Sharma and there has been no stopping for him ever since. The actor has delivered some of his finest performances in recent years, however, did you know Aditya Chopra told him that he is not a ‘conventionally good-looking’ boy. “He said ‘my son you have to act really well if you want people to like you’, which is a polite way to say you are ugly.”


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Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan has often impressed her audiences with performances in movies like The Dirty Picture, Kahaani, Begum Jaan, Jalsa and many others. The actress revealed that she was rejected at the beginning of her career. She stated that she was also called ‘jinxed’ in the South industry. She told Filmfare, “It angers you to be told that you’re unlucky. Or that you aren’t good enough. I was carrying the anger of rejection, the judgement around my body, the criticism around my dressing.”


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Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee has established herself as one of the most successful actresses in the Bollywood industry, but when she ventured into films, she faced rejection for several ‘stupid reasons’. Talking to Hindustan Times, she said: “I was told, ‘You are not beautiful and glamorous enough’, ‘Oh no, you’re too serious an actor… ‘You’re not good enough an actor’, ‘You are not so and so’s daughter’. I was even told, ‘You are not a big marketable name.”


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Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit recently talked about the time when people would question if she can become a successful Bollywood actor. While speaking to Siddharth Kannan, the Fame Game actress shared that she was told that she did not look like a heroine because she was a very petite girl from Maharashtrian root. “Everybody has those myths that what should a heroine should look like. There was a little bit that I had to face.”


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Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin has impressed us all by his stellar performances in Bollywood. He revealed that once he was told that the makers because of his skin tone. “Someone like me with no connection in the industry has to prove myself. Because I’ve no background in cinema and I don’t look like a film actor. Yeh kya karega? That’s how I was initially welcomed,” the actor told IANS.

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