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12 Bollywood Stars Who Faced Initial ‘Rejection’ On The Basis Of Their Looks

Working in showbiz is no cakewalk. Our favorite celebs face so many challenges and rejections, only to emerge victoriously and leave you entertained. Even though beauty is mostly a gift, concepts like ‘beauty lie in the eyes of the beholder’ and ‘beauty is skin deep’ remain theoretical for filmmakers in tinsel town.

Let’s take a look at some Bollywood celebs who were initially rejected because of their looks:

1- Ajay Devgn

During his initial days, Ajay was apparently rejected by filmmakers for his dark, dull and eerie looks. He has come a long way since then and enjoys a massive fan following.

2- Amitabh Bachchan

Can you believe that the Shahenshah of Bollywood was rejected by the filmmakers for being too tall? Funnily, his height was the sole reason for his rejection in the movie. And now everyone aspires to be like him.

3- Anushka Sharma

Anushka was initially rejected in the industry for being too ‘plain’ looking. She was termed as ‘plain jane’ and wasn’t welcomed by most filmmakers. Later she proved her mettle and carved a niche for herself.

4- Katrina Kaif

During her initial days, Katrina was repudiated by filmmakers for her ‘foreigner-like looks’. She could not even speak proper Hindi. Even after the constant criticism, she proved her mettle and is now considered one of the top actresses of Bollywood.

5- Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Known for his outstanding acting prowess, the actor faced a lot of hardships during his initial days of struggle. He was rejected by various filmmakers for not being very attractive and looking like an ordinary person. But he proved that nothing matters in front of the talent.

6- Ranveer Singh

Initially, he was termed as average looking and too North Indian guy. But, with his skill and expertise, he overcame everything and made his own place in the film industry.

7- Shah Rukh Khan

Known for his looks, persona, and unparalleled wit, the Baadshah of B-town was rejected back in the day for being too ‘chocolaty’. But, hard work always pays off, and now he is best known as the King of Romance.

8- Konkana Sen Sharma

Konkona was subjected to immense criticism and even rejection for her dusky complexion. But, she proved to those narrow mind people that skin color doesn’t matter in front of the talent.

9- Dhanush

Due to his not-so-fair color and so good looks, Dhanush got rejected by the producers, and was said that his looks were not at all suitable for working in Bollywood. But that didn’t stop him and he delivered an impeccable performance in Raanjhanaa, alongside Sonam Kapoor.

10- Arjun Kapoor

The actor faced a lot of criticism and rejection due to being overweight. But, later he proved everyone wrong and gave Bollywood some amazing films.

11- Irrfan Khan

Known for his stellar comic timing, powerful expressions, and unparalleled wit, Irrfan Khan too faced a lot of criticism for his looks. But with his acting capabilities he proved everyone wrong.

12- Tabu

Tabu was dismissed by the filmmakers in her initial days for being too ‘tomboyish’. However, now she is one of the most versatile and well-acclaimed actress in Bollywood.


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