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Beyond glitz, glamour and privilege: The rags and riches story of Bollywood stars – #BigStory – Times of India


The week passed by noticed two very contrasting tales about two Bollywood stars who’ve been confronted with a monetary disaster in latest instances. To get you upto velocity, Anil Kapoor’s son Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor admitted his mother and father have little interest in paying for his extravagant bills. Stating that his selection of arthouse movies makes it powerful for him to keep up a lavish life-style, Harsh went on to say that he desires to purchase a pre-owned Lamborghini that may value him a few crore, a 3rd of what he must shell out for a model new mannequin. For him that’s a tragic actuality of his life. On the opposite hand, senior actress Sarika opened up about her wrestle with every day bills in the course of the lockdown. In her personal phrases, “Lockdown happened and the money ran out, so where do you go? You go back to acting, because in theatre you just get like Rs 2000-2700 and you can’t do anything.”

While Harsh Varrdhan’s assertion could reek of privilege, there are numerous artistes in Bollywood who’ve battled monetary crises and emerged with life classes. It was not very way back when Ranveer Singh stated his household did not have ‘enough’ cash to take multiple ‘big summer holiday abroad’, or when Parineeti Chopra claimed she could not afford a automobile or bus to high school. There have been others like Shah Rukh Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Pankaj Tripathi, Vicky Kaushal and plenty of others who had humble beginnings, however they turned their fortune round with perseverance and constant efforts, studying alongside the best way. This week’s #BigStory explores a special aspect to the lifetime of stars when the chips had been down and issues weren’t all glitz and glamour. Read on.

The stars with humble beginnings

Not each established Bollywood star hails from a filmy household. One such outsider who got here and conquered the trade is Shah Rukh Khan. His highway to success, like many others, was not a easy one. When he first moved to Bombay, he had solely Rs 1500 with him and wished to earn a lakh not less than. “I am really scared of failures. Coming from a lower-middle class family, I saw a lot of failure. At a certain juncture of my life, I was thrown out on the road because we could not pay rent. Poverty instills fear, stress and sometimes depression,” he had stated whereas interacting with a bunch of 800 administration college students in 2013.

In an interplay with ETimes, Vicky Kaushal had opened up about his monetary struggles. “I was born in a 10×10 room of a chawl and we shared a common bathroom with other people in the neighbourhood. My dad battled various financial mishaps for years before achieving success as a stunt director, but my parents ensured that my brother and I knew all about the family’s struggle,” he stated, including that his brother Sunny and he knew the place every bit of furnishings of their home got here from.

Another inspiring story is of the supremely proficient actor Pankaj Tripathi who has no extravagant materials aspirations and stays content material with no matter he has. “I come from a humble background and even though my wife and I have been in Mumbai for many years, we’ve never felt the need to pursue a flamboyant lifestyle or a luxurious life. I don’t think I will ever be able to take a big loan to buy a fancy car or a huge home. I am the son of a farmer and growing up in a remote village in Bihar, we had barely seen any money. My parents didn’t even have a television at home. I have grown up understanding the value and vice of money and I don’t think my outlook towards material wealth will change anytime soon. I believe you don’t need an extravagant amount of money to be happy or comfortable in life. I always try to stay happy with what I have,” he stated.

In his autobiography, Cracking the Code, Ayushmann Khurrana narrated an episode from his life when he first bagged his job as a Radio Jockey. “Immediately after stepping out (from the Radio Jockey job interview), I called Tahira and asked her to guess my salary. The maximum she could think of was Rs 20000. I asked her to step it up a little. She was already so elated – anything more than Rs 20000 meant a huge deal, as that was the maximum pay packet that was given to any fresher in this field at that time. In fact, if I am not mistaken, only one other person from our batch of forty-five bagged this salary. When she scaled up her guess to 30K, I grinned and asked her to go higher. ‘More than 30?!’ she squealed. By now she thought I was just faffing as, in her own innocent world, nobody could ever draw such a salary, let alone ‘go higher’ than that. So she finally gave up. When I told her that I got a grade of A+ and that meant Rs 60000, I was greeted by silence and then incessant screams. That was a particularly memorable moment for the both of us. And I believe that was the last time we discussed money as such. One always remembers their first crush, their first love, their first job and definitely their first salary,” he wrote within the e book.

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Riches to rags, to riches once more!


Yes, the wheels of fortune flip in probably the most surprising methods, and Bollywood has a fair proportion of such tales. Filmmaker Farah Khan has seen all of it, from witnessing her filmmaker dad dropping all the things in a single day to changing into one of many largest choreographers after which debuting as a director with Shah Rukh Khan. Reflecting on her journey in an interview, she had stated, “Overnight we turned poor as a result of the movie (her father’s movie) turned out to be a dud on the field workplace. After that, we had a extremely lengthy wrestle for nearly 15 years.” Farah additionally admitted to residing in a storage room for her preliminary childhood days and pretending in class that all the things is hunky dory.

Television actress Rupali Ganguly has an identical story to inform. In an interview, she revealed how her father, director Anil Ganguly was compelled to promote their residence resulting from a undertaking that was delayed. The movie took 4 years to finish and their household skilled an enormous loss.

Govinda, who as soon as dominated in Bollywood, witnessed a monetary setback when he acquired no gives for 3 to 4 years. His comeback movie ‘Partner’ starring Salman Khan proved instrumental in his monetary restoration.

Veteran actor Jackie Shroff too was down within the dumps when he didn’t have cash after a collection of flops. He couldn’t repay a mortgage he had taken from Sajid Nadiadwala in 2008. He reportedly bought his actual property properties to cope with the disaster. Once once more, it was Salman Khan who got here to his rescue and helped him out of the state of affairs.

Preity Zinta made her Bollywood comeback in 2013 with the movie ‘Ishkq in Paris’, which she had produced underneath her personal banner. The movie tanked on the field workplace hitting her monetary state of affairs so onerous that Salman needed to step in to assist her out of the disaster.

Financial disaster and psychological well being


Any private disaster has a direct and different diploma of implications on one’s psychological well being, topic to the coping mechanisms and help programs out there to them. Financial disaster is without doubt one of the main stressors that may result in anxiousness, and melancholy as a long run implication. In uncommon instances, it might additionally result in substance abuse.

Veteran actor Johnny Lever, who has gone by means of a tough patch when he was out of labor for 12 years, says that artistes as we speak imagine in main an extravagant life-style and flaunting it even when it requires them to borrow cash for it. “They see others and get tempted to have a similar lifestyle. They wear fancy clothes, throw lavish parties, but they don’t realise where they will go when they are faced with a personal crisis and there is a lack of work.”

“In showbiz, we don’t have permanent jobs. There will be new artistes, new technicians… we are not irreplaceable. It is wise to save, invest, buy property that will take care of the expenses when you run out of work. Artistes need to understand that we will have different phases in our careers. And during bad times, everything will come crumbling down if we are not pennywise early on. It is a mentally challenging situation to be in that may lead to addiction and other vices. When I had no films for 12 years, I was doing my homework. I did shows, I wrote my own sets, I watched other artistes and I polished my craft. When I came back in 2013 with ‘Golmaal’, ‘All The Best’, people noticed how I still had that same fire in me,” he provides a chunk of recommendation to younger artistes.

Actress Delnaaz Irani agrees that monetary crunch can take a toll on psychological well being. She believes having a help system within the type of household and associates is essential to sail by means of the state of affairs. “I’ve had a rock solid partner for the past so many years. Percy and I handle the finances together. There have been times he has pulled me out of financial crisis, at times I have pulled him out of similar situations. It’s very important that partners understand and support each other. I have been very blessed to have a very supportive family as well.”

Recently, late actor Amjad Khan’s son narrated his father’s poor monetary situation earlier than he went on to do ‘Sholay’. “He didn’t have money to pay so that my mother (Shehla Khan) could be discharged from the hospital I was born in. She started crying. My dad was not showing up at the hospital; he was ashamed to show his face. (Late) Chetan Anand whose film ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’ he’d done then, happened to see my father holding his head in a corner. Chetan Anand saab gave him Rs 400 so that my mother and I could come home,” he had informed ETimes.

In an interview with Bombay Times after the sudden demise of actor Inder Kumar, Deepshikha Nagpal had revealed he was going by means of a tough patch by way of funds and work.

Lessons to study


Like the favored SRK line, ‘Haar ke jeetne wale ko baazigar kehte hain’, each problem will be changed into a possibility to mirror, study, and develop. Johnny Lever, who has helped innumerable folks of their troublesome instances, realized to restrict his personal bills to sail by means of his monetary crunch. “There was a time when I didn’t have work for 12 years. I ran out of money. I did shows that helped me survive. Aadmi dhakka khaake samajhta hai (Adversity teaches a person an invaluable lesson). I realised my kids were growing up. They have to study, I have to educate them. I have to save money anyhow. I bought policies for me, my wife, and my kids. These policies will ensure you save every month and eventually cut down your unnecessary expenses,” he shares.

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Varun Dhawan’s uncle, Anil Dhawan, who’s a longtime actor himself, has lead a humble life all alongside. Speaking to ETimes, he says, “We come from a middle class family and since childhood we have seen and known how to run the house. I hail from Kanpur, I’ve spent my life there with my brothers David and Ashok. Our needs were as per what our father could provide. We were content that these are our needs and this is what we can afford. By the grace of God, I have completed 52 years in Bombay and I am still working for a show at the age of 75. I am happy and content because my needs are few and are fulfilled. These days the needs of the people are increasing. I have learnt in life, when you’re eating your food, keep your eyes on your own plate. Do not look at what the other person is eating. All my life, I’ve focussed on what I have. People in the industry are leading a life of show off. You would have no idea how much some girls earn in the television industry. But they will try to ape the bigger actresses, get what they have. They buy expensive clothes just to show off.”

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Actor Amit Behl has seen a number of ups and downs in over 25 years of his profession. “All of us encounter personal issues, it can be death, injury, illness, unprecedented expenses… In 2016, my entire 3BHK flat was burned down and it was the time of demonetisation. So I was back to scratch, to a point wherein all my lifelong savings got over. I had to start from scratch keeping my self-respect down, keeping my body of work down. I had to work on a couple of shows and films at an amount that I had stopped working at even 10 years ago. That much contempt. You have to start saving for a rainy day. Being the General Secretary of CINTAA (Cine And TV Artistes’ Association), the kind of situations we saw in the pandemic, people’s savings had run out, they were living hand to mouth. Some were affected by COVID, there were deaths in families, some were stuck in places out of the city and did not know how to come back. The kind of upheavals I have seen, I have seen months of no work, savings depleted, going through frustration and what not.”

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Actress Kunika Lal believes life-style ought to by no means be exaggerated. “I’ve never had an extravagant lifestyle and I have brought up my son with similar values. I bought a Mercedes 2 years ago, but maintaining it was getting expensive. So I sold it off. Celebrities have to make conscious decisions. They miss the fact that an expensive car or a Birkin bag or a Jimmy Choo will not get you work. When I saw my work in showbiz was going down, I studied for 8 years. I did my Masters and I started consulting for business development,” she says.

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