Bollywood gives rise to many stars every year and also faces a lot of flak for nepotism. But there are some stars who despite facing all odds, made a name for themselves in the industry. Here’s a look at few of the top names.

Anushka Sharma

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Anushka might have been a model with great ramp presence but she had no filmy backing. Yet, she ended up making her debut for YRF movie with none other than Shah Rukh Khan. The actress says that the absence of desperation of being in a Yash Raj movie worked in her favour. Today, Anushka Sharma is one of the highest-paid actresses in India and also produced the movie NH10 which was a success at the box office.

Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka is the perfect example of how to juggle being a model, actor, singer and producer. After being crowned Miss World in 2000, she made her debut as the second female lead in The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy. Her negative role in Aitraaz was appreciated but her later films bombed and showed her in similar roles. With no special backing in the movie industry, Priyanka continued getting flop projects like Love Story 2050, Drona, Chamku, after which she was declared a failure. But critical acclaim came her way for roles in Fashion, Kaminey, Barfi and she eventually landed in the hit biopic Mary Kom. She made her debut in US as a singer in 2012, headlined the American TV series Quantico in 2015 and formed her production company Purple Pebble Pictures which produced the National Award winning Marathi film Ventilator in 2016.

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Deepika Padukone

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Being the daughter of badminton player Prakash Padukone didn’t mean that Deepika would follow the same path. She entered modelling instead and made her debut with Farah Khan’s Om Shaanti Om. 2010-2011 was a bad time for Deepika as she had a string of five flops, struggled with mental health issues and a breakup but she turned her weaknesses into her strength, giving stirring performances in Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela and Tamasha. She forayed in Hollywood in 2016 and also launched her clothing brand All About You.

Kangana Ranaut

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Kangana proudly wears the badge of being an outsider who made it big in Bollywood. This girl from Himachal made a sensational debut with the Bhatt production Gangster. After this, she was handed a bunch of neurotic roles in movies like Raaz: The Mystery Continues, Krrish 3 and even forgettable duds like Vaada Raha. But Kangana bounced back with strong roles in Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns, turned heads at Cannes, became a top fashionista, struggled through scrutiny of her controversial relationships and still continues to reign Bollywood.

Vidya Balan

Vidya started out with the TV show Hum Paanch but was getting cast mainly for advertisements. She had no filmy background in studies, being a Masters in Sociology from Mumbai University. But it was her debut in the Bengali movie Bhalo Theko which launched her into the cine world. She had tough luck in the movie industry down south where a stalled project with superstar Mohanlal led to her exit from 12 more movies. She later credited Pradeep Sarkar for casting her in the music videos of Euphoria and in the movie Parineeta which even won her awards for best debut. She did a string of flops but came back with a bang only with Paa, Ishqiya and The Dirty Picture.

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