7 Bollywood celebs who gave up their government jobs to become actors

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Published by Amrit Santlani on 08 May 2019

Since childhood, children in India are taught by their parents to study well and try to secure a government job. Given the security and comfort of government facilities, cracking government jobs is no easy task. Government jobs really are golden, but there are some people who turn them down to pursue their passion. Yes, today we’re talking about seven celebs who gave up their government payroll but risked a career in acting and made it big in the entertainment industry!

1) Shivaji Satam

It really is difficult to imagine this man sitting on the counter of the Central Bank Of India’s Cashier desk. However, since childhood, Shivaji had a knack for acting and he joined theatre despite being a government employee and soon made the switch to being a full-time actor.

2) Amrish Puri

The actor was fortunate enough to land a job at the Employee’s State Insurance Corporation Of India, but we are glad he never gave up his dream to act!

3) Dilip Kumar

One of Bollywood’s most celebrated talents, Dilip Kumar once ran a military canteen in Aundh Pune and then decided he wanted to be an actor. Then his life changed.

4) Raaj Kumar

The supremely talented and dashing Raaj Kumar was a sub-inspector in the Mumbai Police before making his way into the film industry.

5) Dev Anand

Before starting his immensely successful film career, Dev Anand was once a Censor Board clerk in Mumbai. But when films called to him we are happy that he took up the opportunity!

6) Rajinikanth


South India’s very own god of acting Rajinikanth was once collecting tickets as a bus conductor for the Bangalore Transport Service, but life had other plans for him. He made the switch to becoming an actor and the rest, as they say, is history.

7) Amol Palekar

The Golmaal actor also made a head-spinning twist to his career when he shifted base from a bank job at Bank Of India to Bollywood!

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