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Ramp To Reel: Hot Models Turned Bollywood Stars

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We may deny time and again that we are not shallow people, we can scream from roof tops, but no matter what we say, inside we truly are shallow people who would any day give preference to beauty over brains. What is it about these Bollywood celebrities that make us go wow! Is it their looks? Acting chops? Attitude? What?

What really drives us wild? While we are so charmed by their movies and attitude, it is their Greek God like looks that really get to us. After all most of these celebrities were models before, their perfect physique and stunning raw looks ought to mesmerize us. After setting the ramp on fire, they have scorched the silver screens and driven the whole nation wild with their gorgeous hot looks.

They have made a room in our hearts and minds with their six pack abs and stunning features. They started off small with small petty modeling assignments, then went on to walk the global catwalks and then entered Bollywood and made us all proud.

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John Abraham started modelling from a very young age and thanks to the Gladrags Manhunt Contest in 1999, he became one of the most desired men in Bollywood. He won the contest and went on to being the second runner up in the International Manhunt round. John has over 30 films to his credit ever since his debut in 2003 with Jism and has numerous award nominations to his credit for some of his roles, more notably his role as the villain in Dhoom.

Similarly Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone etc are all from the modeeling background. We bring to you all the gorgeous and hot celebrities who started off as models before they rocked the Bollywood. Here is a list of model turned actors in Bollywood...

Sidharth Malhotra

He is the eye candy for many girls in the country and has an awesome personality all packed into one combo. Before assisting Karan Johar for My Name Is Khan, Sidharth was an active model. He obviously made a rocking debut with Student Of The Year and after his performance in ‘Hasee to Phasee' he has definitely climbed up the list of the ‘most desired men' in Bollywood!

Ronit Roy

You would best recognise him as the cruel father from Udaan or the sports coach from Student of the Year. While he is more popular on the small screen than for his roles in movies, off late, he has made quite a few significant performances which have earned him recognition and awards. His latest being his cool performance in 2 States.

Randeep Hooda

He is tall, dusky, ruggedly handsome and has an awesome body capable of matching ‘Sunny Leone' on screen. No doubt women tend to go weak in the knees over this adorable hunk from Haryana. Randeep began his career as a model and has also done a fair bit of theatre. Fortunately for him, he debuted in Bollywood with Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding. There was a lull after that until D happened in 2005. He featured in quite a few successful movies since then with his most recent release being Highway opposite Alia Bhatt.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka started off her modelling career by earning herself the Miss World crown, and after that film offers just kept coming her way. After making it big in films, she has also tried her hand at music, which again has worked immensely in her favour.

Milind Soman

He was one of the earliest male models and a professional one at that! We all remember this beautiful man from Alisha Chinai's superhot song Made In India, don't we?  He has acted in quite a few Hindi films including a few ‘period' films but none of them have been able to establish his performance. Now into the role of a runner who promotes good health and breast cancer awareness among women, this is one person who can still set the ramp on fire with his killer looks and awesome physique.

Katrina Kaif

She started modelling for the London Fashion Week at the age of 14. After achieving great success there, she decided to move on to acting. It was a tough journey from being a model to an A-list Bollywood star but she's arrived, and how!

John Abraham

He can kill with his looks, charm with his attitude and mesmerise you with his smile. And yes, he has an absolutely stunning body.

Freida Pinto

While many may think that Freida Pinto only rose to fame after ‘Slumdog Millionaire', they'd be shocked to know that they were wrong all along! This leggy beauty used to model way before she stepped into films. She also featured on various magazine covers like Femina and FNL. She did ad films for some of the biggest brands like Vodafone India, Airtel, Visa etc.

Dino Morea

Dino's reasons for being in the limelight include his steaming relationship with Bipasha Basu and his perfectly chiselled body. The director and audience never bothered much about his acting abilities for he hardly showed any promise. The only performance which did give us some hope was his debut film Raaz opposite his lady love. The movie was a huge success but Dino could not prove himself as an actor and eventually, after quite a few flops, he has quite vanished from Bollywood.

Deepika Padukone

Our happiest memory of Deepika Padukone is her photograph in the Kingfisher calendar. Before ‘Om Shanti Om', Deepika walked the ramp for most of the A-list designers out there. Deepika is now one of the biggest names in B-town and also one the highest paid ones.

Bipasha Basu

Bipasha rose to stardom after winning the ‘Ford Supermodel Contest' in 1999. ‘Jism' was her ticket to fame. Despite the lack of great reviews, Bipasha made an impression.

Arjun Rampal

This handsome smart man started off as a supermodel and was a known name in the modelling circuit. He began his Bollywood career with Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat but the movie bombed at the box office and he was tagged as someone with goods looks but poor acting abilities. But Arjun stood the ground and after quite a few flops, he made awesome comeback with films like Don, Om Shanti Om and Rock On. Today he is the hot hunk of B-town who can act too.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

This cat eyed beauty was crowned Miss World in 1994. Post that, Aishwarya continued to pursue modelling opportunities till she made her acting debut in 1997 with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar. The film was a critical success and among other awards, won the Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival.

Pulkit Samrat

Pulkit is a popular face from the hit TV soap ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi'. He too started his career with modelling and then moved to television before eventually managing to set foot in Bollywood with Bittoo Boss. He has also acted in Fukrey, Jai Ho and most recently in O Teri. However as an actor, he is yet to make his mark in a solo performance. Obviously, most of you are still trying to figure out who this guy is! If you are, search for the cute, romantic soon to be married lover boy in the latest telecom commercial playing on TV.

Varun Dhawan

Son of famous Bollywood director David Dhawan, Varun was literally born into Bollywood. He tried his hands as a model for a short time before assisting KJo in My Name Is Khan. Soon enough, he got the big break of his life with Student Of The Year. The movie was a big hit and he became popular thanks to his keen sense of timing and dancing capabilities. His latest film Main Tera Hero, has him flexing his muscles much to the excitement of his co-stars!

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma got her first Bollywood break after ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' but she was already a known name in the Indian modelling circuit before that.

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