While some like to carve their own history, others simply follow the safe steps of their parents. Lately, a lot has been said about nepotism. In fact, the debate has taken many twists and turns and we still don’t have a definite answer for it. Nonetheless, while we keep on pondering about the existence of nepotism, here is a list of B-town kids who didn’t thrive on their parents shadows, but instead made a mark in Bollywood on their own!
1. Alia Bhatt
Alia could have launched her career easily in B-town by starring in any of her dad’s film. However, the actress chose to be different. She kick-started her career with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year and has only been working with other banners.
2. Sooraj Pancholi
Though Aditya Pancholi has enough reputation to land his son in role in a film, but it was Salman Khan who helped Sooraj launch his career. He starred in the remake of Jackie Shroff’s film Hero.
3. Shruti Haasan
Before landing in B-town, Shruti, daughter of legendary actor Kamal Haasan and Saarika first established herself as a prolific singer-cum-musician. It was only much later that she decided to make her debut in Bollywood with Soham Shah's film Luck. Though the film didn’t fare well at the box-office, the experience helped Shruti to become a popular actress down in the South. And she did all of this by exploring her talents.
4. Akshara Haasan
Like her sister Shruti, Akshara, the Shamitabh actress also took her sweet time to step into the glamor world. Before getting committed to the role of an actress, Akshara assisted Rahul Dholakia in his film Society and her father on his film Vishwaroopam. It is to be noted that Akshara had also participated in the London Olympics 2012 for Latin Ballroom dancing.
5. Athiya Shetty
Athiya, Suneil Shetty’s daughter is another young talent who made it big in Bollywood. The newbie who was launched by Salman Khan trained aggressively for her debut film Hero and now proved her acting chops in Mubarakan. Apart from having a good fashion sense, the actress also did a filmmaking course from New York prior to taking acting as her full-time career.
6. Tiger Shroff
Tiger who debuted with Sajid Nadiadwala’s Heropanti is another young gun who attained fame on his own. In spite of being Jackie’s son, the actor trained extensively in martial arts, dance and acting. Though, he was initially criticized for his looks, the box-office revenue of his debut film and the positive review from the critics has made Tiger one of the most promising upcoming heroes in Bollywood.
7. Varun Dhawan
Varun, the famous student who we first saw in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year also entered Bollywood on his own. He first worked as an assistant director with Karan in his film My Name is Khan. It was after seeing his potential that KJo gave him a break in his movie.
8. Harshvardhan Kapoor
Harshvardhan, son of the popular actor Anil Kapoor first started his career as an assistant director for Anurag Kashyap’s film Bombay Velvet. It was only later that the National Award winning director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra gave the aspiring actor an opportunity to debut in his film Mirzya. Apparently, the enthusiastic actor seems to have auditioned to star in the movie Life of Pi.
9. Parineeti Chopra
Parineeti who was first a PR by profession started her career in Bollywood on her own. She made her debut with the movie Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and bagged the debutante award for the same. When she stepped into Bollywood, many didn’t know that she was Priyanka Chopra’s cousin.
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