“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? You will, indeed (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed). You’ll move mountains.”-Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go.
The first thought that captures your mind, after reading what’s written above, is the hardships and struggles people have experienced in their roller-coaster lives, most of them belonging to the Bollywood Film Industry.
We all get nimbly enamored and enchanted by the glitz and glamor of the fraternity, never once bothering to read the endeavors behind.Every success has a price and here lies the list of some of the biggest names of Hindi cinema, who strived to achieve what they desired.
4. IRRFAN KHAN
Possibly one of the most gifted and dependable performers that the industry has been gifted with, IRRFAN khan’s journey from ebb to rise has been anything but smooth. Born in a middle-class family in Jaipur, Rajasthan, this galvanizing actor earned a scholarship to study at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi in 1984. Having lost a role in Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay (1988) made him heartbroken and crestfallen. Commencing his career from the world of TV, he is today one of the most respected and admired people in the industry. Effortlessly oscillating his unusual repertoire between the west and east, his tireless and self-made journey has truly been rousing and stimulating.
3. AKSHAY KUMAR
The way he balances four films in a single year, there was a period when he juggled between as many as five professions. From a jeweler to a chef to a karate teacher to an assistant photographer, he has experienced and explored all. With his first break in 1991 by the ace filmmaker, Pramod Chakraborty, the Khiladi Kumar never peeped into the past again. Once disallowed for a photo shoot at a bungalow in Juhu, Mumbai, he owns the same house today. Did we hear WOW? We are not surprised that you are surprised.
2. SHAHRUKH KHAN
Every king was a pawn once; this man was no exception. Born in a lower middle-class family in the underbelly of the Capital of India, Delhi, his journey from miseries and misfortune to Mannat is compelling and inspiring in equal measure. A thorough theater actor during his earlier days, the fascination, and passion for cinema and acting were always embedded in his heart and soul. It was nobody else but the legendary Hema Malini, who perceived the performer brimming inside him, and gifted him with her maiden directorial venture, DIL AASHNA HAI, in 1992, opposite the then sensation, Divya Bharti.
The rest, as the adage goes, is history.
He continues to rule and scintillate the celluloid and make memorable movies.
After reading his story, it is not difficult to be his FAN.
1. AMITABH BACHCHAN
As they say- NAAM HI KAAFI HAI. To write anything about Mr. Bachchan is as grueling as his life story. In a galaxy not so far, he received many brickbats for his height and voice. His voice was the reason that he was rejected by the All India Radio (AIR).
He debuted in Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’ SAAT HINDUSTANI (1969), as one of the seven protagonists. However, the film failed to soar at the ticket windows. After a string of commercial failures for almost four years, the entire nation woke up to his thundering persona and scorching screen presence, in Prakash Mehra’s timeless classic, ZANJEER (1973). Rechristened as the Angry Young Man of Hindi cinema, the film made Mr. Bachchan an overnight star.
And 43 years later, the same baritone, for which he faced much flak, can mesmerize and enthrall the whole world.
As the legend himself said in a film of his- Truth is stranger than fiction.
True that, Mr.Bachchan.