From selling dad’s watch to renting out novels, Desi people tweeted about their first source of income this week, and it soon became a new Twitter trend. As soon as it blew up and thousands of people chimed in, a number of celebrities joined the trend as well. And as it turns out, a lot of these noted personalities have quite humble beginnings.
‘Thappad’ director Anubhav Sinha earned Rs. 80 while he was in engineering college for tutoring a student of class 7.
First Salary- Rs 80
Arithmetic tuition to a class 7 student to earn for my smoking in the Engg college. https://t.co/SmxrV3E2Xf
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) November 18, 2020
Actor Pulkit Samrat was only 16 when he started selling petro cards at gas stations, earning Rs. 1,500.
First Salary- ₹ 1500
Selling petro cards at gas stations. https://t.co/ncJS45x0Of
— Pulkit Samrat (@PulkitSamrat) November 18, 2020
Film editor and screenplay writer Apurva Asrani shared his first paycheck story.
First Salary- Rs 1000
Sales boy for a 'Weekender' clothing store on Warden Rd, so that I could vacation in Bangalore without borrowing money from my father. https://t.co/acukgvCWFU
— Apurva (@Apurvasrani) November 18, 2020
‘Four More Shots’ actress Sayani Gupta participated in the trend too, revealing her first income details.
First Salary- Rs 12,500/-
Marketing and Sales Executive in a Publishing House/Infrastructure Research Firm. https://t.co/cwr1BDs5bi
— Sayani Gupta (@sayanigupta) November 18, 2020
National Award-winning director Hansal Mehta funded his junior college wardrobe with the Rs. 450 he earned per month as a salesperson. He was just 16 when he started earning.
First salary- Rs.450pm
Salesperson at Intershoppe Kemp's Corner selling Fu's jeans and casual wear to earn money for my junior college wardrobe. https://t.co/TYiJi9dQPR
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) November 18, 2020
Filmmaker Umesh Shukla, best known for his movie ‘OMG: Oh My God’, started off with 2 different jobs.
First salary – Rs.35 per show.
Was doing Back Stage under the director Mahendra Joshi. 400 Rs as a sales man for Leo toys n NikiTasha kitchenette https://t.co/dmtyMyrWsb
— Umesh K Shukla (@umeshkshukla) November 18, 2020
‘Death on the Nile’ actor Ali Fazal took up a job at a call center to fund his college fee. He earned Rs. 8,000 as his first salary at the age of 19.
First salary – 8000/-
Age – 19
Call centre during college to fund college fee. https://t.co/z2julqM576
— Ali Fazal M / میر علی فضل / अली (@alifazal9) November 18, 2020
‘Lunchbox’ actress Nimrat Kaur posted too.
First Salary : 10,000/-
Age : 17
Musical skit for a car launch at the Auto Expo Delhi used to open my first bank account. https://t.co/k3Kerh34KF
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) November 18, 2020
Actor Sharad Kelkar started his career when he was just 18. He worked as a gym instructor and earned Rs. 2,500.
First salary – Rs. 2500
"Age – 18"
— Sharad Kelkar (@SharadK7) November 18, 2020
RJ Raunak, popularly known as ‘Bauaa’, disclosed the money he earned at age 17.
First Salary 3000 … Age 17 https://t.co/WRRmUQIXb4
— RJ Raunac (@rjraunac) November 17, 2020
Journalist Sonal Kalra recalled how she spent her first salary of Rs. 5,500.
First salary 5500. Age 21
PS: spent all of it plus pocket money savings on gifts for family
PPS : everyone exchanged their gifts https://t.co/bxETjGsIIj
— Sonal Kalra (@sonalkalra) November 17, 2020
IAS officer Awanish Sharan received his first salary of Rs. 18,000 when he was 27.
First Salary: 18,000
Age: 27 https://t.co/JsY6cIL3e9
— Awanish Sharan (@AwanishSharan) November 17, 2020
Here’s a list of 15 more Bollywood superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, etc., and their shocking first salaries.
What was your first salary? Tell us!