Not everyone in the bling industry of Bollywood was born with a silver spoon. Some have really struggled to make a name for themselves, to the extent of having small cameos in adverts. Even being from a filmy family, some made their first on-screen appearances not in some movie, but in TV commercials. Let us take a look at some of these Bollywood stars in advertisements before they tasted the sweet fruit of success.

Preity Zinta

We will always remember her as the bubbly Liril girl and the chirpy lass who bites off Perk amidst a hunger strike, and still wins our heart with those dimples!


Ameesha Patel

Before she tiptoed into our hearts as Sonia in Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai, this lovely lady had already made an appearance in the Jai soap advert.


Deepika Padukone

Kya aap Close Up karte haiiiiiiin? As the 16-year-old beauty danced with her toothbrush, we couldn’t help but fall in love with her innocence. Yes, it was Deepika who later made a smashing entry in Om Shanti Om.


Shahid Kapoor

We all know that Shahid was a Complan  kid, but we might have skipped him as the awkward teenager in the Pepsi ad starring Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, and Kajol.


Vidya Balan

A very talented actress, Vidya too started her stint with the camera with commercials for Surf and Tide.


Genelia D’Souza

Well, no matter how much we criticize Fair & Lovely, we certainly loved the awkward yet beautiful Genelia in the advertisement as a cricket commentator.


Salman Khan

We saved the best for the last. Feast your eyes on this younger Salman, who charmed his way into every female’s heart with this winning goal, and then celebrated it with Limca.

These were certainly some gems pulled out of the folds of the past. Know any other Bollywood celebs who featured in adverts before getting famous? Do let us know in the comments below.

Author: Kadambari Srivastava

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