From Aamir Khan to Kapoor’s Actors Who Pursued Acting Despite Family Opposition

Despite family opposition, actors like Aamir Khan and the Kapoor family members pursued their passion for acting, overcoming challenges to establish successful careers in the Indian film industry.

By Megha Badiger
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The bright lights of the entertainment world have an irresistible allure, a siren song that calls to the dreamers and artistic souls among us. For many successful actors gracing Indian cinema today, their path to stardom was paved with defiance against their own families' wishes and societal expectations.


Take Aamir Khan for instance - the reigning icon of Bollywood came from a family deeply entrenched in the film world. Yet his father Tahir Hussain, himself a producer, vehemently opposed young Aamir's interest in acting. It was only after a relentless pursuit and slowly proving his mettle that Aamir could pursue his passion.

The Kapoor Khandan's opposition to Arjun Kapoor's dreams is also well-documented. The strapping star had to fight against his family's reservations about his weight and "unconventional" looks before making his grand Bollywood entry. Arjun's perseverance shattered norms and went on to redefine the notion of a Hindi film hero.  

Ranbir Kapoor's early days were no cakewalk either. Despite belonging to the illustrious Kapoor dynasty, the supremely talented actor faced criticism from his father Rishi Kapoor, who called him a "useless" young man squandering his privileges. Of course, hits like Wake Up Sid, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and Sanju resoundingly proved his doubters wrong.


For the iconic Dilip Kumar, the struggles predate his acting career. Born to a conservative Peshawari family, the acting bug was seen as a malignant disease to be treated with shock therapy! It took a chance meeting with actress Devika Rani to alter his family's misgivings about the "unsuitable" profession.

From South India, the inimitable Kamal Haasan had to defy his lawyer brothers and escape home to pursue his cinematic vision. Today, he's revered as one of the finest actors of his generation with madly diverse roles.  

While defying family and societal diktats brought turmoil early on, the stellar actors all agree - that inner fire kept them going to ultimately taste success. Their inspiring tales prove that a dream defied by loved ones still burns brightest in the defiant heart.

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