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#MoolahTalks: You’ll Never Believe The First Salary Of These A-List Bollywood Celebs

Ravina SachdevRavina Sachdev  |  Sep 9, 2021
#MoolahTalks: You’ll Never Believe The First Salary Of These A-List Bollywood Celebs

Making a name for yourself in Bollywood is not an easy feat. The struggle is real and it’s all about how you pave your way and the connections you have. Of course, luck plays a major role too! In fact, some of the superstars of B-town who are among the top earners of the industry today have had humble beginnings with salaries as low as Rs 500! Don’t believe us? Check out these five celebs who earned surprisingly low in the beginning and went on to build their empire from the ground up. 

Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra is a force to be reckoned with. In the last few years, the actress has done a splendid job of putting India on the global map. But, do you want to know how much the actress was paid for her first gig? Turns out that PeeCee reportedly made Rs 5,000 from her first project after winning the coveted Miss World title. Today, she charges anywhere between a crore and two for an Instagram advertisement post. What a journey! 

Amitabh Bachchan

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Multiple reports suggest that before taking the industry by storm, Big B worked in Kolkata at a shipping firm called Shaw & Wallace. He reportedly worked as an executive and as a freight broker for Bird and Co, and his first salary was Rs 500. Talk about working your way to the top! 

Akshay Kumar

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Before conquering the title of Khiladi Kumar, the actor worked as a chef and waiter in Bangkok. He earned around Rs 1,500 or so for his services. Today, he’s one of the biggest stars of Bollywood and reportedly charges around a hundred crores for a movie. Now, that’s an astonishing career graph! 

Aamir Khan

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Commonly known as Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan is one of the most bankable actors of Bollywood. The actor apparently charges a minimum of Rs 50 crores per movie and you’ll be shocked to know that his first paycheck was of Rs 11,000.  Earlier in an interview, he shared, “I was paid Rs 11,000 for my first film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. I was paid Rs 1,000 per month. And it took approximately one year to complete the film.” It’s true what they say— you can achieve everything with hard work and determination. Way to go, Aamir! 

Sonam Kapoor

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We agree that Sonam comes from a privileged background, but the daughter of Anil Kapoor started her career as an assistant to Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She reportedly earned a sum of Rs 3,000 at her first job. After working relentlessly for over a decade, the actress now charges around ten crores for a project. 

Emraan Hashmi

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As per a leading daily, Emraan Hashmi got his first paycheck when he was only seven years old. He was selected for a TV advertisement and was offered the sum of Rs 2,500. He’s come a long way since and charges approximately about five to six crores for a project. 

Shah Rukh Khan

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SRK has been quite vocal about his humble beginnings right from the start. According to the grapevine, the superstar earned Rs 50 as his first salary working as an usher at a Pankaj Udhas concert. Today, the star charges around a hundred crores for a project. 

BRB, going to manifest my way to a hefty bank balance!

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