The largest film industry in India, Bollywood is a tough place to survive and it takes a lot of hard work, determination, hardship, and strength of character to make it.
There are plenty of actors who have grown in popularity in the industry despite having few connections or contacts. Today, we present to you a list of famous celebrities who rose to prominence in Bollywood after first appearing in advertisements.
Before the release of Salman Khan’s smash hit “Maine Pyaar Kiya,” Limca, a major soft drinks company in India, cast him in one of its commercials.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a well-known actress in the industry. However, only a few people are aware that she was a model before entering Bollywood. She did an ad for Lux during her modelling days, and became popular.
Vidya Balan, today’s most elegant and talented actress, used to be a struggling performer. She was seen in one of Clinic Plus’s retro commercials from the 1990s.
Katrina Kaif was an effective model before becoming a major name in Bollywood, and she appeared in an epic Fevicol ad during her early career.
Deepika Padukone, who made her Bollywood debut with ‘Om Shanti Om,’ flashed her beautiful white smile and cute dimples in a Close Up commercial.
Prior to joining Bollywood, Priyanka Chopra was a successful model. She did an ad for Dabur Oil during her early modelling days in which she is almost unrecognisable.
Preity Zinta began her career with an advertisement for Perk, a large chocolate brand, before becoming a conqueror of millions of hearts.
Mahima Choudhary and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Amir Khan’s Pepsi commercial starred two stunning women alongside him: Mahima Choudhary and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Both of these actresses appeared in this advert before beginning their Bollywood careers.
Shahid Kapoor and Ayesha Takia
Shahid Kapoor, Bollywood’s chocolate kid, and the stunning Ayesha Takia first appeared in a Complan ad at a young age, well before their big break in the industry.