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Bollywood industry has largely been influenced by people who haven’t heir link-ups in the film industry. The so-called star kids of already established ones are already in the headlines for all the reasons and are allowed to stay there despite their success or failure. On the contrary, talented ones are struggling to set their feet. To make things worse, the Bollywood industry even leaves people when they go through bad times.

From granting film offers to only star kids, depriving outsiders of good opportunities to driving them into drugs and sexual harassment, nepotism has now become the talk of B-Town. With the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, Bollywood has been shammed for mistreating outsiders and cushioning their struggles, often propelling them into depression and suicide.

However, there are very few actors who have made it to the top despite having no relations to the industry. With hard work and talent, they have won our hearts time after time. The list of such actors may be few but their journey will leave you in surprise.

Rajkumar Rao

An alumnus of FTI, the most prestigious film school all over Asia, Rajkumar Rao admitted that he knew no one from the industry and was not quite confident about his appearance. He was a theatre artist, and as he set foot in Bollywood, he has given major films one after another.

John Abraham

10 Bollywood celebrities who made it on the top without the movie mafia
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Actor and producer, John has won several hearts though his acting and good looks. He has made several promising movies and noteworthy nationalistic films that has been praised all over India. John has had his ups and downs and subjected to many critics who have disapproved of his acting, but he has not given up and is very successful in Bollywood.

Boman Irani

Theatre performer, voice artist, and a powerful actor, Boman had his first success when he was cast in the 2003 comedy hit, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Boman had no Godfather back then and struggled to achieve quite later in life, still, he is one of the most influential actors of Bollywood.

Randeep Hooda

The highway actor, Randeep Hooda is one of the most powerful actors in the top list.  He has changed the entire era by venturing more and more into realistic films. His dark and toned appearance has made him quite popular among his female fans.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

10 Bollywood celebrities who made it on the top without the movie mafia
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A small town struggling actor, an alumnus of the National School of Drama, and recipient of the national award and international awards,  Nawa has soared higher than one can imagine. He has made critically acclaimed movies, from Gangs of Wasseypur part2  To Manto, from The Lunch box to Peepli Live. He is popularly known as Gaitonde, from his famous Netflix series, Sacred Games.

Deepika Padukone

Professional Badminton player, model, and actress, Deepika set her journey in Bollywood with her debut Om Shanti Om opposite Sharukh Khan. She has now become the highest-paid actress in Bollywood and made it to the top 100 influential people in the world in 2018 by Time magazine.

Kangana Ranaut

10 Bollywood celebrities who made it on the top without the movie mafia
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Manikarnika actress, Kangana is one of the boldest actresses of Bollywood. She has been an open critic about Bollywood nepotism and the drug scandal and often been a reception to various criticisms. She has been awarded the national award three times and was also nominated for Padma Shri.

Anushka Sharma

Yashraj launched her opposite to Shahrukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi after which she never had to look back. She is a beautiful actress and presently married to Indian cricketer Virat Kohli.

Akshay Kumar

Before venturing into films, Akshay used to be a waiter back in Bangkok. He worked hard to get his big break in Bollywood and since then he is dubbed as the Khiladi of Bollywood. From romance to comedy to action, Akshay has given bis best in all compartments. His films have portrayed nationalism and society as key elements, which has received enormous support from the audience.

Shah Rukh Khan

10 Bollywood celebrities who made it on the top without the movie mafia
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King Khan or Badshah of Bollywood, has seen imminent hardships in life. A poor boy, who was a mere waiter has now become the richest actor in Bollywood. He is an alumnus of the National School of Drama and has received 14 Filmfare awards. The government of India has also bestowed upon him the honor of Padma Shri.  


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