There are people who only dream of becoming a multi-millionaire in their life. They often take back when it comes to hard work to achieve their goals. And there are people who always think that they are poor and would not be able to get that fame in life which some of the famous personalities do. Some believe that it is the sheer luck that leads to the success path, but some do not!!

Here are 13 inspiring ‘scratch to stardom’ stories that will make you believe that hard work always pays!!

1Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise was raised in Ottawa, Canada, and thus became involved in drama during his the fourth and fifth grade. He moved to the States after his parents divorced. He first appeared in the films at the age of 19. He now becomes an actor who is worth $250 million!




Although he is called as the thalaiva of the Indian Film Industry now but the road of success for him was not a cake walk. He used to work as a coolie and a bus conductor so that he could earn his living. He bagged a national award for his first movie and then more national and international awards came into his lap. Indeed a magical story from rags to riches which inspires a lot of people!

3Shah Rukh Khan

This Delhi boy who had dreamt of becoming a superstar of Bollywood started his career by playing various roles in the Indian TV serials and from there he got his first big break into the Hindi Film industry. Since then he never looked back to his past and is now as King Khan or Badshah Khan of Bollywood.

4Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio had a very tough childhood. His mother used to work with multiple jobs so that she could support the family’s financial needs. He landed in the films at a very young age. He is now worth $200 million. He recently got an Oscar award which was long pending for him.


5Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar, who is known as the Khiladi of Bollywood, has been a Khiladi in his real life too. Prior to joining the film industry, he used to work as a waiter and dishwasher in a restaurant in Bangkok. He used to sleep on the floor kitchen at night!!

6Boman Irani

Boman Irani who is 55 now began his career as a waiter and went on to become a photographer. He, later on, made his debut in Bollywood at the age of 44 with Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. And since then there’s no looking back!!


7Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester was born in a Texas prison while her mother served time for drug smuggling. Later on, she started living with her grandmother in Florida, until her mother was released. She is known for her performance as Blair in Gossip girl. Meester is now worth an estimated $5 million!


8Paresh Rawal

Paresh Rawal after making his debut in 1984 is known for his role in Hera Pheri. His first lead role film Oh My God in 2012 earned a lot of appreciation. Thus his contribution to the Hindi Film industry is remarkable.


9 Chitrangada Singh

She is known for her role in the movie Desi boys. She is married to Jyoti Randhawa and had a son, Zorawar. Many people believe that it is the marriage that ends a career for a Bollywood actress but it was not same for Chitrangada. She has also done some critical flicks like Yeh Saali Zindagi and Inkaar. Thus there was no seat back for this dusky damsel.


10Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui may now be known as a popular face in Bollywood but a few years back no one really knew or cared about him. He belonged to a very humble farmer’s house in a village in UP, where he grew up with 8 other siblings. After a lot of struggle, he got admitted at the National School of Drama in New Delhi. After that, he started his journey to reach to the highest ladder of stardom.


11Kirron Kher

She started her career in Bollywood but soon left it to raise her kids. It was later in life that she made a comeback in the industry. She is known for her roles in films like Main Hoon Na, Veer Zaara, Hum Tum, Dostana etc. Her film Khoobsurat was a pleasure watching for her fans!


12Randeep Hooda

Randeep Hooda has also struggled a lot for recognition in Bollywood for years. He started in his late 20s but had given many flops until Imtiaz Ali’s Highway came in his way. He won the hearts of millions through it!!


13Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is another actor who started her career from nothing and has now reached the zenith of success. She was raised in a coal-mining town and was the youngest of four children. After the divorce of her parents and her mother’s remarriage, she got her first break into the Hollywood at the age of 16 in the serial “Square Pegs”. She is reportedly worth $90 million at present.

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