17 Bollywood Outsiders Who Made It Big Without Nepotism

The debate about nepotism has truly agitated the Bollywood industry recently. With the tragic demise of our beloved actor Sushant Singh Rajput, this debate has more color added to it. While there are some logical points put forward in favor of people with more access, there is no denying the fact that the struggle of outsiders is extremely hard to empathize with as it is not only about getting the best roles but also about getting the basic access which takes years for them to figure out. Let us take a look at some of those outsiders who have made it big:-

1. Rajkumar Rao

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Rajkumar Rao didn’t have the luxury of becoming a Dharma Productions hero. But with his amazing performance and acting skills, he is winning the hearts of millions. Over the last few years, the actor has played the lead in more than ten movies, and he has given the best performances in movies like Newton, Trapped, and Bareilly ki Barfi.

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In the years he has spent in Bollywood, he has refined the meaning of what it means to be a hero. Rajkumar Rao has been part of more than 30 Bollywood movies, and all his characters are worth remembering. He is leaving his mark on the Bollywood industry with his own signature style.

2. Sushant Singh Rajput

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Sushant Singh Rajput was one of the most versatile actors we ever had. In a short Bollywood career, the actor has played different shades of character. Within a career span of seven years, the actor has been applauded for amazing performances in movies like MS Dhoni, Kai Po Che, PK, and Chhichhore. His upcoming movie Dil Bechara’s trailer has already won the hearts of millions, and is, presently, the most liked video on youtube.

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In a short span of time, the actor has achieved lots of appreciation and love from his fans. The actor began his journey with famous TV serial Pavitra Rishta, and since then, he has achieved everything on his own terms.

3. Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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The story of Nawazuddin Siddiqui can be called as a rag to riches story. The journey of Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been quite fulfilling. He started his Bollywood movie like Sarfarosh in 1999, and since then, there has been no looking back. Movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, Raman Raghav, Badlapur, and Bajrangi Bhaijaan gave huge popularity to Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The actor has performed versatile roles, and he has been loved by audiences all around the world. Anyone who loves watching good performances in Bollywood movies watch characters played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

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4. Irfan Khan

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Very few actors have the ability to portray a role as Irfan Khan. The actor made his debut with a DD channel TV show called Bharat Ek Khoj. The actor has also worked in a few Hollywood movies. Each character played by Irfan Khan is worth remembering as he is no more with us. He has played amazing roles in movies for more than three decades. His performance in movies like Maqbool, Life in a metro, slumdog millionaire, paan Singh Tomar, and Hindi medium and his last movie Angreji medium is worth applause.

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Actors like Irfan Khan are not born every day, and they are the ones who provide shine and fame to Bollywood.

5. Vidyut Jamwal

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For people who think outsiders can’t stay in Bollywood, Vidyut Jamwal is the answer. With his first movie Force, in which he played a negative role, he had established himself as an actor. The 37-year old actor has played amazing roles in movies like Force, Commando, Stanley ka Dabba, and different other South Indian movies. The actor has played remarkable roles, and he is especially loved by audiences for his physique and intense look. The actor is always full of energy, and we can expect some amazing performances in the future.

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6. Randeep Hooda

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Randeep Hooda can be called a macho with amazing acting abilities. The actor made his debut with a movie named Monsoon wedding, and since then, there has been no looking back. With movies like Heroine, Saheb, biwi aur gangster, highway, and the recent movie Love Aaj Kal 2, the actor has established himself as one of the greatest performers in Bollywood. After his first movie, Randeep had to wait for four years to sign his next project, but his struggle eventually led to fruition.

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His physique change capability which could be witnessed in his performance in the movie Sarabjit was applauded all over the world.

7. Kangana Ranaut

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Kangana Ranaut can be called as the real Queen of Bollywood. Kangana has been in the industry for more than 15 years, and all her performances have been blockbusters. These days she is known for voicing her opinion on Nepotism in Bollywood, but her performance in movies like Queen is as strong as her voice against nepotism.

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Kangana has been part of some blockbuster hits like Manikarnika, Tanu weds Manu, Gangster, Kites, Raaz, once upon a time in Mumbai, and the recent Thalaivi. She is one of the best actresses of Bollywood at present.

8. Vidya Balan

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Vidya Balan has recently celebrated her 15-years of debut in the movie world. She is one of the most versatile actresses who has played amazing roles. She has been part of movies like Parineeta, Kismat connection, Kahani, No one killed Jessica, Dirty Picture, Mission Mangal, and Tumhari Sulu.

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All her performances have been loved by audiences. Most of Vidya’s performances have portrayed the importance of women and issues around women. Even though Vidya Balan is from outside the industry, her amazing performances compelled directors and producers to sign films with her. Her role in the movie Kahaani is still one of the best performances of an Indian actress. She is also starring in a new biopic Shakuntala Devi, which is based on the life of Shakuntala Devi, also known as human-computer.

9. Jaideep Ahlawat

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This Haryana Born actor is presently rocking the Bollywood and Hindi film industry with his amazing performances. The actor started his Bollywood career with a movie called Aakrosh. The actor had to wait for years to get the recognition he deserved. He has been part of blockbuster movies like Raazi, Baghi, and Gangs of Wasseypur.

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These days the actor is hugely applauded for his amazing performance in the Amazon Prime series Patalok. If you were to give an example of an outsider leaving his mark on Bollywood, Jaideep Ahlawat could be the best example.

10. Ayushman Khurana

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Ayushmaan Khurana is a household name these days. Out of every five movies, Ayushman plays a role in at least two of them. The actor has a Bollywood journey full of highs and lows. The actor began the craze about movies related to stigma and stereotyping. He has been part of some of the best performing movies like Vicky Donor, Andhadhun, Article 15, Dum Laga Ke haisha, Bareilly ki Barfi, and his recent work with Amitabh Bacchan called Gulabo Sitabo. Ayushman can be called a true actor in Bollywood because of the numerous roles he has played within a short time span.

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11. Priyanka Chopra

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The desi girl of Bollywood has left her mark on Bollywood, and she is on her way to make us proud by joining Hollywood movies. The actress has been part of blockbuster movies like Don, Kaminey, Saat Khoon Maaf, Bajirao Mastani, Barfi, and Dil dhadakne do. Nowadays, Priyanka is focused on Hollywood, and she has already made us proud by acting in Quantico. The actress is also known for her philanthropic work, and she also plays an important role in the rights of children as she is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

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12. Boman Irani

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Boman Irani joined Bollywood at a later stage of his life. But, his amazing performances left everyone speechless. The actor made his debut with a movie called Darna Mana hai, and since then, there has been no looking back. The first commercial success he achieved was from the movie Munna Bhai MBBS. Boman Irani has been part of blockbuster movies like Munna Bhai MBBS, three idiots, Housefull, Main hoon na, Jolly LLB, Sanju, Page 3, and PK. Boman Irani has played different types of roles in Bollywood movies, and he has a huge fan base.

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13. SRK

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SRK is not only the king of Bollywood, but he is also the king of the hearts of millions of his fans all around the globe. The actor began his Bollywood actor with a humble background, and with his hard work and talent, he soon became one of the most loved actors all around the world. The list of SRK movies is unlimited. Some of the most memorable movies include Kal ho na ho, Main hoon na, Swadesh, Chak De India, Baazigar, Yes Boss, and Veer Zara.

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SRK has played versatile roles in all movies, and he is still ruling Bollywood like a king.

14. Anushka Sharma

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When Anushka Sharma made her debut with the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, she was a cute bubbly North Indian Girl. Although she had been signed under a big banner like Yash Raj, she proved her talent very well. Her performance in movies like PK, Band Baaja Baaraat, Pari, NH 10, and Aye Dil Hai Mushkil is still remembered. She is one of the best outsider actresses Bollywood has at present. She is one of the most talented and high paid actresses at present. Her role in movies like Sultan and PK has left an impact on Bollywood.

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15. Siddharth Malhotra

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The handsome hunk Siddharth Malhotra is another outsider who has achieved a milestone in the Bollywood movie industry. The actor got his debut movie under the Dharma Production. Since then, he has left no stone unturned to give amazing performances. The actor has worked in many amazing movies since his debut in Student of the year. He has worked in movies like Brothers, Aiyyari, Hasee toh phasee, Kapoors and sons, Jbariya Jodi, Ek villain, and Mar Jawa. All his performances have received applause from his fans. The actor is especially loved by his female fans all around the world.

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16. Akshay Kumar

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The Khiladi of Bollywood needs no introduction. Akshay Kumar is the most passionate, hardworking, and talented actor of Bollywood. He has spent more than 30 years in Bollywood, and he has been part of big blockbuster movies. The Khiladi of Bollywood is still performing amazingly well, and he is loved by his fans for the innovative roles he plays.

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From movies like Khiladi and Dhadkan to movies like Mission Mangal and Padman, the actor has played diverse roles. He is one of the highest-paid actors of Bollywood, and with each passing day, he is getting much more love from the audience.

17. Radhika Apte

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Although Radhika Apte has not played many roles in Bollywood movies, she is known as one of the best present generation actresses in Bollywood. Radhika began her career by acting in different theatres, and soon she became one of the best actors in Bollywood. She is known for playing amazing roles in movies like Badlapur, Manjhi the mountain man, Phobia, Padman, and the Tamil film Kabali. Radhika is not interested in playing roles in usual rom-com movies in Bollywood. Instead, she plays roles that require versatility and performances.

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The struggle was real, but so was the worth of it. The works of these people truly inspire millions and create a feeling of accessibility for every Bunty or Bittoo sitting in front of the mirror every night at 1, thinking whether they have it in them to make it big.

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