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Revealed: First Salary Earned By Bollywood Celebrities

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Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 12:10 [IST]

Alfred Hitchcock said and I quote, "When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script' If he says, 'But what's my motivation?, I say, 'Your salary'. True to his words, salary is an important motivation for us to do our jobs, especially our first salary. It doesn't matter if we are being paid peanuts, but the first salary is always cherished.

Same goes with our Bollywood celebs too, even though they are earning in crores today, they still remember and cherish their first salary. There's nothing more empowering than holding your first paycheck in hand. Our Bollywood celebrities have also experienced the same. No, the article is not talking about the whopping salaries they are taking home today, but their small earnings in the beginning of their career. We will take a look at some of the Bollywood star's humble beginnings which has led them to their present uber rich status.

Find out the first salaries of Bollywood celebs, which may leave you astounded and shocked. First paycheck signifies our first step towards our professional career, towards our ambition. And those small and significant step always remain ingrained in our memory. Today, our Bollywood celebrities might be enjoying fame and all the trappings that come with it, but even world famous celebrities have been through their own share of hard times.

Here's a look at the first paychecks of Bollywood celebrities who barely managed to scrape a living before achieving fame.

Revealed: First Salary Earned By Bollywood Celebrities:

Amitabh Bachchan

Hard as it may be to believe, back in the 80s, one of cinema's finest talents was hidden away in Kolkata, working as an executive for a shipping firm for which he was paid a paltry sum of Rs. 500.

Shah Rukh Khan

He may now charge by the crore just for merely setting foot onset, but a few decades back, the reigning Baadshah of Bollywood worked as a humble concert attendant for which he was wasn't paid more than 50 bucks.

Dharmendra

Continuing the rags-to-riches trend is industry veteran Dharmendra who has no qualms in admitting that he earned merely Rs. 51 as part of his contract for his big screen debut, Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere.

Rohit Shetty

These days, pens may run out of ink writing all the zeroes on his paycheques, but cut to the 90s, and Rohit drew in barely Rs. 35 for his job as an assistant director to filmmaker Kuku Kohli, of Phool Aur Kaante fame.

Sonam Kapoor:

Though born to a rich family you must be wondering as to why she is here on this list. Well Anil Kapoor is a humble man and never batted for his children in Bollywood, but rather they learnt from their own experiences. At an early age of 18, Sonam worked as an assistant director and received a payment of 3000. This was her very first professional salary amount and she had to survive on this, and thus travelled the Mumbai locals too in an attempt to save some amount.

Priyanka Chopra:

She is born to doctor parents and went ahead to become a Miss world. And, presently not only she is the leading lady of Bollywood, but is venturing into International fields as well. She is the owner of assets worth crores and millions. To this lady her first salary is her prized possession and she treasures it till now. She got 5,000 as her first salary for a professional assignment and she did not spent a penny out of it and gave it all to her mother and still the amount is safe with her.

Hrithik Roshan

The lead actor behind supposed 500 crore grossers was reportedly paid not more than hundred bucks for his first film, Aasha. Although seeing as he always had papa Roshan's wealth as a safety net, money was not much of an issue for Hrithik, who instead invested the sum in more serious avenues like toy cars.

Akshay Kumar

The actor who today commands a net worth of $65 million was once barely managed to scrap together Rs.1500 for his job as a waiter and a chef at an eatery in Bangkok. Ah, sweet irony.

John Abraham:

Rooted in values, John Abraham is a persona well identified and gaining fame in the Bollywood industry. As he makes his mark and still soaring high with his successful acting and production ventures, he still can't forget his first salary. He got his payment in Bank of Maharashtra, which was 11,800. He still maintains this account and he aptly says it helps him keep his feet grounded and helps him achieve success and meaning in life.

Emraan Hashmi:

The actor well appreciated for his acting skills, Emraan Hashmi has his own niche carved in the Film industry.With hit Bollywood movies like, Jannat, Murder, Shanghai, Once Upon a time in Mumbai and few more coupled with a line of endorsements he has roped in, he is for sure riding high.Earlier he forayed into the film industry at an early age of 7 and earned his first salary through an advertisement for Goodnight. The amount he received for his effort was 2,500.

Topics: priyanka chopra, akshay kumar, hrithik roshan, amitabh bachchan
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