5 Indians and their journey from scratch to stardom


WEB DESK: Call it luck or drive to become something substantial in life, they made it!

Narendra Modi

We all know Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of India but do we know he started off as a Chaiwala along with his brother near Ahmedabad railway station. Modi’s father was a grocer. He studied against all odds and acquired masters in political science from Gujrat University.

Modi is the first Prime Minister of India who was born in ‘Independent India’, that is, post-August 15, 1947. He is also the first Indian Prime Minister whose mother was alive when he took office.

Sachin Tendulkar

People claim that if you are roaming the streets of India and you don’t know who Sachin is then there are very good chances of getting beating up by public. That’s how much people in India love him and cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar was born in a middle class family, the youngest of four siblings. He was named after a favorite musician of his family, Sachin Dev Burman. He was not a gifted student but stood-out as an athlete.

He scored 329 out of a world-record stand of 664 in a school match at the age of 14. He made his debut in international cricket playing against Pakistan in Karachi. He retired two years ago.

Dhirubhai Ambani

The richest businessman of India was once a cleric.

Ambani was born in a Modh Baniya family in the village of Chorwad in the district of Junagarh. His father was employed as a school teacher while his mother was a homemaker. While at school at Junagarh, he was elected as the General Secretary of the Junagarh State Union. He organized a rally on Indian Independence Day, defying the rules of the Nawab, head of the state.

After several political involvements Ambani gave his matriculation exams. However, due to the declining health of his father and impoverished living condition of the family, he had to give up on his education and take up a job offered in Aden as a cleric.

His foresightedness and ability to judge helped him crack two most hefty deals in the yarn market that earned him the flush of capital required for the future Reliance Textiles

He soon realized the same by setting up a textile mill in Naroda, Ahmedabad in 1966. Between 1984 and 1996, the mill experienced a grand makeover as computerized and high-tech machines replaced the old traditional ones making Reliance the grandest composite mill in the country. Now reliance has spread into various sectors ranging from oil and gas to textile.

Rajini Kanth

Rajinikanth, the carpenter-turned-coolie-turned-conductor-turned Super Star of Tamil movies also comes from a humble background. Rajinikanth was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in a Maratha family in Karnataka, India.

He did his schooling at the Acharya Paathshala in Basavanagudi, Bangalore and then at the Vivekananda Balaka Sangha.

He joined the Madras Film institute in 1973 with the help of his friend Raj Bahadur, a fellow and completed a basic course in acting. Rajinikanth has acted in a total 190 movies, which includes Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, English and Bengali films.

Rajinikanth abruptly chose to quit acting, but was persuaded to come back. He started again with Billa, which was then remade as a blockbuster Bollywood movie Don.

Shahrukh Khan

King Khan is a name in itself. Shahrukh Khan was born on November 2, 1965 in New Delhi, India. He struggled hard to achieve success in this field he is known to be a man who worked his way from scratch to stardom.

At St. Columba’s School he won the prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’ The King began his journey by landing the lead role of a commando in 1988 drama series Fauji (1988). He was much applauded for his work and soon became the heartthrob of teenage girls bagging roles in other serials as Circus (1989) and ‘Dil Dariya’, the former being delayed due to various reasons.

Now he is the success card of any debut female actress in the Film industry.

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