From looking after his family’s wafer store business to becoming a professional sports photographer to theatre acting to movies, Boman Irani’s journey to Bollywood was a long one. But thankfully, at the age of 42, he found his true calling through a role in the indie film Everybody Says I’m Fine. And now, he is well known for his roles in productions like Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, “
Main Hoon Na
Known as one of the most famous and critically acclaimed on-screen villains of all time, Amrish Puri initially auditioned for leading roles in various movies, but failed. He continued to work in theatre and soon found his niche as an antagonist in films at the age of 40. He became noticed in the 1980 hit movie "Hum Paanch" and his career took off from there.
Paresh Rawal made an official debut with a supporting role in the 1984 film ‘Holi’, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that he gained recognition as a talented actor with his comic role in
. By then he was 50 years old, but he proved that it is never too late to make it big.
The name “Kirron Kher” was unheard of outside the theatre circles until she played a role in ‘
’s “Sardari Begum” at age of 41, which also won her a National Award. She soon entered mainstream Bollywood Cinema with her role in ‘
’ and has been known for her roles as a typical Punjabi mother.
Ronit Roy had been a familiar household face on the small screen, but soon made a name for himself as a critically acclaimed actor with his role in the film ‘
’ in 2010. He made his Bollywood debut when he was in his late 30s.
6. Lillete Dubey:
Lilette Dubey was 48 years old when Shyam Benegal offered her a critical role in ‘Zubeidaa’ in 2001 that marked her debut. Since then she has played various roles in films like Monsoon Wedding, ‘
Kal Ho Naa Ho
”, and more.
Tripathi had played small roles in movies like ‘Apaharan’, ‘
’, and ‘
’. But he rose to critical acclaim when he landed a role in ‘
’s “Gangs of Wasseypur” in his late 30s. Since then he has also acted notably in “Gangs of Wasseypur 2” and ‘
Although he has only acted in very few films, Adil Hussain gradually rose to recognition with roles in films like ‘
” and ‘
Life Of Pi
”. The talented actor was previously into theatre acting in Assam and Delhi and landed his first Bollywood role with ‘
’ at the age of 47.
9. Sanjay Misra:
Another actor who entered the industry during the latter half of his life is Sanjay Misra. He made his acting debut with the movie "Oh Darling, Yeh Hai India"and is popular for his roles in films like
All The Best
Phas Gaye Re Obama
A graduate of the National School of Drama, Delhi and a well-known face in the Hindi theatre circles, Piyush Mishra made his entry into Bollywood rather late, at the age of 45, in ‘
’s “Dil Se”. He gained recognition for his iconic roles in Maqbool (2002) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012).