Some of today’s hottest Bollywood stars were discovered simply walking along streets or in restaurants. Their star quality and talent was far too obvious for an agent or director to miss, they went from being ordinary folks to stars adored by the masses overnight, all thanks to one seemingly random, chance meeting.
While most stars toil away for years in the grind of Bollywood to finally find their big break, some celebrities are just fortuitously in the right place at the right time. How was your favorite celeb discovered???
Check out these 8 celebrities who can thank serendipity for their millions of fans and millions of dollars.
1- Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut was spotted by critically acclaimed director, Anurag Kashyap in a coffee shop in Mumbai. He liked her instantly and offered her a role in his film ‘Gangster’. The film went on to become a blockbuster and Bollywood got its Queen.
2- Arjun Rampal
Arjun Rampal was noticed by the Bollywood ace designer, Rohit Bahl in a discotheque who suggested him to try modelling as Arjun had sharp features and well-built structure. Arjun went for it and then there was no looking back.
3- Bipasha Basu
Just like Arjun Rampal was recommended modelling by Rohit Bahl, Bipasha was told to try her hand in modelling by supermodel and Arjun Rampal’s wife, Mehr Jessia. In 1996, Mehr saw Bipasha at a hotel in Kolkata and suggested her to try modelling.
4- Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar used to work as a waiter and later as a cook at a restaurant in Bangkok. After returning to India, he taught martial arts. He was also into photography and one of his photographer friends recommended modelling to him. He missed his flight to Bangalore for a modelling assignment and started knocking at studio doors. On the very same day, he got a film after which he changed the face of action heroes in Bollywood.
5- Bhumi Pednekar
The actress worked as an assistant to Shanoo Sharma at Yash Raj films for 6 years. Many times, she doubled up for actors and give auditions. Out of sheer luck, her tape landed to Aditya Chopra’s desk and she was offered a role in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha.’
Yesteryear superstar, Jeetendra’s family was into the business of selling imitation jewellery. One day, he went to supply jewellery to V Shantaram. The director liked him and cast him as actor Sandhya’s body double in Navrang. After that, he continued to pave his path and emerged as a superstar.
7- Parineeti Chopra
Parineeti Chopra was working in the public relations department of Yash Raj Films. While working there, she caught the eye of director Maneesh Sharma, the director of ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ and was offered the role.
8- Madhuri Dixit
She set the silver screen on fire when she danced on ‘Ek, Do, Teen’ and made the whole world her fan. When she was just 15, she was approached by a film producer after he saw her dance performance but her parents were against of that idea. Later, her sister’s friend saw her and she was offered a film by the Barjatya’s.