Age is just a number -be it in love or Bollywood. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you have talent you can make it big in Bollywood. There are many actors who were nowhere to be seen on the horizon of Hindi cinema in the early stages of their lives; but then they just appeared. And when we look back and see their journeys, it seems like a typical ‘rags to riches’ story!
Read on to know about 10 such actors who proved that it’s never too late to act towards a dream.
1- Boman Irani
Boman Irani, 60, still gets emotional on watching an episode of Tom and Jerry. He began his Bollywood career at the age of 44 with Raju Hirani’s Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. And there was no looking back since then!
2- Sanjay Mishra
Mishra’s dream of becoming a Bollywood actor took off with recognition for his films like Bunty Aur Babli and Apna Sapna Money Money. His comic timing and histrionics are bang on. The 60-year-old actor is known to sign as many films as he can for the sake of ‘rehearsals’, as he says. His latest mainstream releases garnered him magnificent praises of both critics and the public.
3- Lillete Dubey
She entered the movies rather late, but it’s been more than a decade and she has aged gracefully. It was in 2001 when Shyam Benegal approached her to play a crucial role in Zubeidaa, and since then, her flight of dreams is still soaring high. She is best known for her roles in movies like Monsoon Wedding, Pinjar, Chalte Chalte, Baghban, Kal Ho Na Ho and The Lunchbox.
4- Adil Hussain
We would rather like to describe him as a screen actor who’s been seen in a few films, without being specially noticed for any particular role. Hussain rose to gradual fame after his roles in films like Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi and Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish. He has pulled off almost every character he has played with a lot of grace and finesse. He was 40 when he made his Bollywood debut.
5- Ronit Roy
TV’s Mr.Bajaj had his rocking small screen debut but his Bollywood ride began in 2010, when he starred in the critically acclaimed film Udaan. He has constantly been upgrading himself as an actor through films like Student Of The Year, Boss, 2 States and Kaabil. He was 27 when he made his debut.
6- Kirron Kher
Hardly anyone knows that Kirron Kher started her career in the 1980s but gave up on it to raise her kids. It was later in life that she made a comeback at an age of 41 with Shyam Benegal’s Sardari Begum. After getting national awards for films like Bariwali and Sardari Begum, she entered the mainstream cinema with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas as Sumitra.
7- Amrish Puri
The yesteryear actor who is popularly known as the ‘Mogambo’ of Bollywood was 38 years old when he got his first Bollywood break. With his monopolized baritone and fury, it was only later in life, that projects like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom happened to him.
8- Pankaj Tripathi
After doing cameos in movies like Run, Apaharan, Omkara and Raavan, it was Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur that finally brought critical acclaim to the actor. He managed to enter the mainstream commercial cinema with films like Dabangg 2, Fukrey, Gunday and Singham Returns. He became quite an eye candy with his dialogue, “Likh Ke Deta Hoon, Koi Nahi Ayega” in Newton.
9- Chitrangada Singh
Already married and a mother, Chitrangada Singh’s Bollywood dreams were always set right. Chitrangada entered Bollywood at an age of 27 with Sudhir Mishra’s Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Her Bollywood ambitions never took a back seat and this dusky damsel later went on to do some critically acclaimed films like Yeh Saali Zindagi and Inkaar.
10- Piyush Mishra
Piyush Mishra is one man who is known in the industry for outwardly graceful fusion of range and depth in his art – from the stinging music he composed for Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal, to his depiction of the grave, self-persecuting Nasir in Gangs Of Wasseypur. He made with debut at the age of 35 with Mani Ratnam’s ‘Dil Se’. His acknowledgement as an actor came late in life but he is thoroughly satisfied with the validation.