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From Rajinikanth to Dilip Kumar: Bollywood celebs who left government jobs to become actors

It’s a dream for everyone to have a government job for a secured and comfortable life. While some toil to get through a government job, there are people who quit these jobs to follow their passion. Will you be able to risk or give up your government job to pursue another career option or acting? Well, that’s what some of our celebrities did. Today, we will be talking about a few Bollywood actors, who left their government jobs to be in acting or Bollywood.

From Rajinikanth to Amrish Puri, there are many such celebs who quit their government jobs to follow their passion. We are glad they did as today they are in the list of legends.

Bollywood Actors Who Left Government Jobs


South superstar who also worked in Bollywood once worked in Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor. He gave up his job to be an actor and today he is the most sought- after actors of Indian film industry. He has a huge fan base all across the country and people fondly call him Thalaiva.

Below is the rare picture of Rajinikanth with his collaeagues from those early days when he was a bus conductor.

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Rajnikanth’s rare pic as a bus conductor

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Amrish Puri

Actor Amrish Puri got a job in Employee’s State Insurance Corporation Of India but he he followed his dream of acting and entered the Hindi film industry to be a hero but he mostly landed up in negative roles. Today, he is remembered best for his villainous role. From Mogamba in Mr India to Jagavar in Vidhaata, Thakur Durjan Singh in Karan Arjun, he is loved for his roles.

Dilip Kumar

Before becoming an actor, late actor Dilip Kumar used to run a military canteen in Aundh Pune. It was Bollywood actress Devika Rani who spotted him and offered him a Bollywood movie. He never looked back since then.

Dev Anand

He worked as a Censor Board clerk before enetrring into Bollywood. His contribution to the film industry is immense as he gave many hits.


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Raaj Kumar

Raaj Kumar moved to Mumbai in the late 40’s and he was the Sub-inspector of the Mumbai Police. He left the job to pursue his career in Bollywood.


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Amol Palekar

Palekar was employed in Bank Of India. But he left his lucrative job and pursued his career in Bollywood.


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Shivaji Satam

Shivaji Satam who is popularly known for playing the role of ACP Pradyuman was a cashier in Bank Of India. But he was interested in acting, so he joined of theatre and became an actor.


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