Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Nivin Pauly. These are all names of superstars of South Indian cinema, whether be it Tamil, Telugu, or Malayalam. But do you know how they started out? There are certain situations in life that force us to get stuck in a career that we don't like and we end up not following our passions. If you feel so, we have come up with a list of South Indian actors and their previous jobs to sow the seeds of inspiration in your hearts.

1. Rajinikanth

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The Superstar of Tamil Cinema doesn't have competition not just in Tamil Cinema but also across the world. But, did you know that Rajinikanth worked as a bus conductor in his struggling days.

2. Mammootty

Mammootty is one of the most passionate actors in Indian Cinema. He has appeared in over 400 films and in several languages. The megastar of Malayalam cinema practiced law for some time before stepping into the world of stardom.

3. Nivin Pauly

Nivin Pauly grabbed eyeballs from all corners of the subcontinent with his works for films like Neram and Moothon. Before trying his luck in movies, Nivin worked as a techie in Infosys.

4. Nayanthara

Besides being known for her acting skills, Nayanthara is also an inspiring personality. Her career went through several ups and downs, but she has always been persuasive about being best at her roles. Nayan initially worked as TV Anchor.

5. Nani


Nani is popular today in Telugu Film Industry as 'Natural Star'. In addition to acting in lead roles in successful movies, he has also produced a few films for budding actors. Nani worked as an assistant director before moving to act in Telugu movies.

6. Vishnu Vishal

Vishnu Vishal is known for his performance in films like Ratsasan and several other Tamil movies. He was a cricketer before becoming an actor in Kollywood.

7. Sivakarthikeyan

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Sivakarthikeyan's work in Tamil Cinema won him several awards, including a Tamil Nadu State Film Award. He was famous as a standup comedian and television anchor before his ventures in the movies.

8. Vijay Sethupathi

Vijay Sethupathi is known for its acting skills in Tamil movies. The actor has proved that he can successfully handle any kind of role. Vijay Sethupathi worked as an accountant in Dubai before entering Kollywood.

9. Anushka Shetty


Anushka Shetty is famous for her works in epic movies like the Baahubali series and Arundathi. Anushka worked earlier as a Yoga Instructor.

10. NT Rama Rao

NT Rama Rao, who is still known as one of the greatest Indian Cinema has ever produced, worked initially as a sub-registrar at Prathipadu of Guntur District. However, he quit this job within three weeks to pursue his dream of acting.

We hope the above list of South Indian actors and the information on their previous jobs will motivate you in the right direction and help you follow your passions even if you are stuck in another career. Stay tuned with us for more similar posts.