From Shahrukh Khan to Irfan Khan, actors who did theatre before entering Bollywood


The Bollywood industry has a long history of serving as a showcase for people with more attractive bodies and better looks. In front of the camera, numerous takes are allowed, but on stage, you have to make sure that you give your perfect shot in one take, and this habit separates a star from an actor. Let’s take a look at some actors who did theatre before entering Bollywood.

Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan, the king of Bollywood and one of the world’s richest performers, is the most valuable gift theatre has ever given to Bollywood. He studied under Barry John as a member of the Theatre Action Group at college.


Paresh Rawal

Paresh Rawal is a Bollywood gem who was craved by the theatre acting. As a student of Narsee Monjee College, the actor has shown his talent in numerous languages.

Irfan Khan

Irfan Khan was that one actor who performed not only in Hindi cinema but also in British and Western films. He was regarded as one of the finest actors in Indian cinema. He received a scholarship from NSD to study and made his debut with Salaam Bombay in 1987.

Manoj Bajpayee

Manoj Bajpayee’s childhood dream of becoming an actor was fulfilled when he moved to Delhi for college. Despite being rejected by NSD, the actor stayed in Delhi and began doing theatre with Barry John.

Rajkumar Rao

After playing career-changing roles in films such as Bareilly Ki Barfi and Newton, Rajkumar Rao has finally got the fruit of the struggles. The actor was working in theatre while he was a student at Delhi University, performing with Kshitij Repertory and Shri Ram Centre.