Starting with the hardest truth that not everyone in Bollywood started his career with movies. During the struggle days, many celebs featured in ad films and went unnoticed until they recalled their moments.
We can say that the advertisement industry plays a vital role by casting actors in the ads and they performed there for less than a minute.
We have created a list of these big Bollywood names who featured in ad films before and went unnoticed. Check out the list of these Bollywood celebrities who featured in Brand Ads before getting fame. These ads are still available on YouTube.
1. Anushka Sharma – Sebolin
Anushka Sharma made a grand Bollywood debut with a Yashraj film directed by Aaditya Chopra. In her first movie “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, she featured opposite Shah Rukh Khan.
Before that, she appeared in a south Indian TV commercial of a soap. There’s no doubt she caught the attention of many producers with her charming looks in the ads of Sebolin.
2. Siddharth Malhotra – Pond’s
Little you know that the lead of Student of The Year has done 4 years of modeling before making a Bollywood debut. He appeared in a tele ad of Ponds talk opposite Sonal Chauhan.
3. Varun Dhawan – Bournvita
Varun Dhawan also made his Bollywood Debut with Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra. He is one of the most successful actors of this generation.
However, Varun also worked in ad films. He was the face of Bounvita TVC when he was a child.
4. Deepika Padukone – Close Up
Before we all recognized the charming smile of Deepika Padukone in “Om Shanti Om”, we all had seen her in the Close Up ad making a shiny smile flashing all her perfect teeth.
5. Shahrukh Khan & Gauri Khan – Cinthol
The charming couple of Bollywood also featured in a tele ad. The couple featured in the old ad of Cinthol where Shah Rukh tried to convince us that Cinthol can refresh your whole body.
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan used to appear in many ad films. However, Cinthol ad was the first ad where this couple romanced in front of the camera.
6. Katrina Kaif – Fevicol
Before she made her sensational Bollywood debut with Boom. She appeared in the Fevicol ad. It was a funny ad where a man finds himself glued in the dream as he wanted to hug Katrina Kaif.
7. Salman Khan – Limca
Salman Khan also featured in the old ad of Limca before making his Bollywood debut in the movie ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’ starring Rekha. He recalled the casting of the Limca ad shoot saying it was unintentional and funny at the same time.
8. Boman Irani – Krackjack
Boman Irani made his Bollywood debut at the age of 41 with the Movie Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Before appearing in the movies, he played the character of Mr. Jack in the famous Parle G Krackjack ad.
9. Preity Zinta – Perk
After completing her studies, Preity Zinta started her modeling career. She appeared in the Perk chocolate commercial.
After that, she was the face of Liril soap before making her Bollywood debut.
10. Rajkumar Hirani – Fevicol
Rajkumar Hirani emerged out as one of the most successful Bollywood directors with lots of hit films in recent years. He also worked in the advertising industry and was the face in the ‘Zor Laga Ke Haisha” ad for the Fevicol.
11. Vidya Balan – Surf
Vidya Balan has made her name in the industry. Before doing meaty roles in the Bollywood movies, Vidya appeared in the TV commercial for Surf washing powder. She also did a lot of music videos.
12. Genelia D’Souza – Parker Pen
Before Genelia get a huge fan following in South movies as well as Bollywood. She was cast alongside Amitabh Bachchan in the Parker Pen ad. Genelia was just 15 years old at that time.
13. Vivek Oberoi – New York Lotto
Vivek started his Bollywood career with Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘Company’. Before the release of the movie, Vivek was the face of New York Lotto’s controversial TV ad. The commercial was banned in India.
14. Shahid Kapoor and Ayesha Takia – Complan
Shahid Kapoor and Ayesha Takia appeared in the ad of Complan. The pair also did many music videos together and some Bollywood movies as well.