05 September, 2022

Bollywood Celebs And Their First Pay Cheque

Beginning of everything can be bumpy. Here are a few popular B-town celebs who made it big in the industry but had started with a low fee.

By Ankita Mukherjee

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar is a man of many talents. From being a cook to a martial art teacher, he has done it all. On 'Koffee With Karan 7', he revealed that his first pay cheque was Rs. 21,000.

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone is one of the celebrated actors. However, she had revealed in a media interview that her first pay cheque was Rs. 2000 after doing her first modelling gig.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who is ruling over Bollywood and Hollywood, had started her career with a meagre fee. After winning Miss Universe title, she had got her first gig which paid her Rs. 5000.

Aamir Khan

Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan had got Rs. 11,000 as his first paycheck after working in the film, 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak'. He was paid Rs. 1000 per month and the movie took a year to complete.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

The gorgeous actress, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who has a net worth of crores had started her career with modelling. However, she was paid only Rs. 1,500 for her first modelling assignment.

Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu has a net worth of Rs. 113 crores. However the beginning of her career wasn't a bed of roses. Reportedly, she got Rs. 1000-1500 for her first modelling gig.

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma is one of the versatile actresses of B-town. However, she had also started her career as a model. And as per reports, her first pay cheque was Rs. 4000.

Shah Rukh Khan

The 'Badshah' of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan who rules over every heart and has a net worth of crores, had once worked as an usher at a Pankaj Udhas concert. His first pay cheque was Rs. 50.

Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan, son of Rakesh Roshan is one of the most admired actors in Bollywood. He had started his career as a child actor and for his first project, he had gotten Rs. 100.

Manoj Bajpayee

Manoj Bajpayee worked very hard to make a name of himself in the industry. However, in his initial days, he used to assist Barry John for directing plays. His first salary was Rs. 1200.

Naseeruddin Shah

At the age of 16, Naseeruddin Shah had decided to make a career in acting. His first pay cheque was Rs. 7.50 for standing behind Rajendra Kumar.


Veteran actor, Dharmendra needs no introduction. However, when he did his debut in Bollywood, his first pay cheque was Rs. 500.

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