From Priyanka Chopra to Taapsee Pannu: Top successful Bollywood actresses with no prior film background

Despite not hailing from a film-oriented family, these Bollywood actresses collaborate with some of the top directors in the industry today.

The topic of nepotism and star kids getting readily cast in films has been the subject of a heated debate over the past few years. The children shared their experiences and acknowledged that they too face tremendous pressure to meet expectations and live up to them. The entertainment industry has produced some incredible outsiders who achieved success despite not having any family ties.

Priyanka Chopra


Priyanka Chopra’s journey from small-town Bareilly to becoming a global icon has truly inspired many. The diva, who took home the Miss World crown in 2000, went on to play opposite big-name actors in several hit films.


Deepika Padukone

After beginning her career as a model, Deepika Padukone moved on to appear in a number of music videos and TV ads. A few years later, she appeared in Himesh Reshammiya’s music video after gaining fame from a soap opera commercial. In the film Om Shanti Om, Deepika made her Bollywood debut alongside Shah Rukh Khan.


Shilpa Shetty

Before coming to Bollywood, Shilpa Shetty had no contacts, despite being a well-known face and name in the business now. She debuted in cinema with Shah Rukh Khan in the thriller Baazigar in 1993.


Aishwarya Rai

When discussing the beauty pageant, it is fair to overlook the name of Aishwarya Rai, the most stunning woman and previous Miss World. Her family is from a lowly South Indian background and is not associated with the Bollywood industry.


Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan started her career with the well-liked television series Hum Paanch. After years of hardship, Vidya was able to make her Bollywood debut with the film Parineeta. Currently, she holds a prominent position in the entertainment world as an actor, recognised for her strong performances in films featuring women.


Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma is from an army background and didn’t know anyone in the film business before her Yash Raj Films debut. She is currently a Bollywood movie producer and one of the leading ladies.


Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte is renowned for taking on unique roles and selecting unique screenplays. In 2005, she debuted in Bollywood with the fantasy film Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!, which starred Shahid Kapoor as the title character.


Taapsee Pannu

Before making her Bollywood debut in 2013 with Chashme Baddoor, Taapsee acted in a number of South Indian films. After making a strong cameo in the film Baby, the actress has never looked back. Her latest appearance was in SRK’s Dunki.