Bollywood celebs who were BACKGROUND DANCERS before becoming famous
Most of the celebs we have listed below were once normal people struggling to make a name. You may have known or not known at least one celeb on our list who were background dancers before getting full time into Bollywood. They danced with famous celebrities and in songs that were dance hits then and even today. So check out the list below and let us know in the comments if you know any other celebs who were dancers before getting into acting.
1. Shahid Kapoor (36)
Shahid Kapoor who is known for his role in Jab We Met, 36 China Town, and Chup Chup Ke alongside Kareena Kapoor. We all know what a good dancer he is, being fond of it from a very young age he joined Shiamak Davar’s dance institute. Since joining he had many opportunities to appear as a background dancer in many movies like Dil To Pagal Hai and Taal. He soon became an instructor at the Institute. He accidentally got a role for a commercial with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee and since then he has been acting.
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1. Remo D’souza
Sometimes it is hard to see celebs other than being successful and famous. But to get where he is today, he had started from the bottom and work his way up the success ladder. He used to be a background dancer in a song from Shah Rukh Khan’s movie, Pardes called Meri Mehbooba. Remo D’souza has been a choreographer for a number of songs for which he has earned several awards and he is also the judge for reality dance shows.
3. Kajal Aggarwal
Kajal Aggarwal is a famous actress known for her Telugu and Tamil movies. But she’s also known for acting alongside Ajay Devgan in Singham and Special 26 with Akshay Kumar. Before the actress became a well-known person in the Indian film industry, she started her career as a dancer, most probably in movies and shows. She had been a background dancer in the movie Kyun Ho Gaya Na with Aishwarya Rai.
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4. Smriti Irani
We all know Smriti Irani the politician was a former TV actress but did you know she was a model and dancer too? Before becoming a well-known face in the entertainment industry she was a background dancer in Mika Singh’s music video Boliyan in 1998. It’s been almost two decades since the song, but it is still hard to picture Smriti Irani in Mika Singh’s music video trying to get his attention. Don’t believe us? Watch it below!
5. Dia Mirza
Don’t be surprised if we tell you that Dia Mirza actually started her career in the film industry as a background dancer. She was in a Tamil song from the movie En Swasa Kaatre. The song was such a hit that there was a Hindi remake of the same called Jumbalika. But she did make her breakthrough in her career in Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein co-starring with R Madhavan (or Maddy).
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6. Sushant Singh Rajput
Just like Shahid Kapoor, Sushant was also part of Shiamak Davar’s dance institute. Not only was he a background dancer with Hrithik Roshan in Krishh but also with Aishwarya Rai and Preity Zinta. Before becoming a dancer, he was studying for his engineering in Delhi and now he is one of the famous TV and film actors of India. Shiamak also said that he’s very proud of Sushant and that it’s because of his hard work and passion that he is where he is today.
7. Saroj Khan
Saroj Khan is one of the most important dance choreographers of India. She has choreographed dances for more than 200 movies till date. Her breakthrough in her career was when she choreographed for Main Teri Dushman since then all her dances for movies has been hitting the charts. It's clear from her choreographies that she started young and has a lot of experience. She has also started her own show where she teaches how to dance called Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan.
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8. Farah Khan
Before she became a Director and choreographer she was a young dancer. She learned to dance on her own and was inspired by the great MJ to become a dancer. She learned it all by herself through TV shows and movies. Her childhood hobby became her profession and dream come true when she started a dance company, Sphinx when she was still in college. She has been learning and expanding her career since then.
9. Sajid Khan
Well, no surprise here is there? The brother-sister duo seems to be having their own successful ventures in the film industry, but they both started from the bottom, being background dancers to one of the popular faces of Bollywood. He was one of the dancers along with Arshad Warsi in the song Help Me from the movie Aag Se Khelenge featuring Jeetendra and Kimi Katkar.
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