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Video Flashback! These 10 ads featuring Bollywood stars will make you nostalgic


Nowadays, top models and actors are often seen endorsing products. Many Bollywood celebs have made an impact on audience’s mind through their strong advertisement message. Amitabh Bachchan’s acting for Dairy Milk — many of us still remember him as being synonymous with one liner, ‘Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye’ after every meal or Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan in ‘Thanda Matlab Coca Cola’ for Coca Cola and many more. Stardom of an actor endorsing the brand increases the brand value. However, this was not the case a few years ago.

Long before they tasted stardom, Shahid Kapoor was a Complan boy and Deepika Padukone was a Close-up girl! Advertisements always creates a great impact on people’s mind with a feeling attachment through the ads. Here is the list of Bollywood stars who began their career with advertisements.

Deepika Padukone

Did you know that the famous ‘Close-up’ commercial with the jingle ‘Kya Aap Close-up Karte Hain?’ features Deepika Padukone? Well, this piece of information will surely take you to flashback. The girl dancing in the bathroom along with an animated Close-Up toothpaste is none other than Deepika. Though the commercial got famous overnight with its packaging, the girl featured in the ad also reached millions. Deepika flashed her million watts smile and adorable dimples first in a toothpaste commercial.

Preity Zinta

The dimpled girl acted in this advertisement in 1997 for Liril soap. Preity was seen enjoying the freshness of waterfall. And after this ad she entered the Bollywood with the same cuteness which was depicted in the advertisement.

Katrina Kaif

Before she could rule Bollywood with her looks and talent, Katrina debuted on the small screen. She was seen in the Fevicol commercial in 2000. The ad was funny wherein a newly-married man fantasises about Katrina, who is sitting in front of him. However, he couldn’t reach her due to a box of Fevicol kept beside him. Like all other ads of this product, this one too has taken a unique way and hilarious approach. Katrina looked as stunning as she looks today.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Before she was crowned as the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya was better known as ‘that-hot-girl’ from ‘that-pepsi-ad.’ The ad also features Aamir Khan and the future Mahima then Ritu Chaudhary, but it was Sanju (Aishwarya) who stole the show.

Varun Dhawan

The ‘Judwaa 2’ star was in this cute 90s ad of Bournvita. Varun acted as a child artist in this very strong message advertisement.

Anushka Sharma

Anushka acted in this epic fairness advertisement for South Indian soap before coming into the Bollywood world.

Priyanka Chopra

Fresh from her victory at the Miss World contest, Priyanka did this hair oil ad. We are sure that you cannot recognise the Desi Girl here?

Shahid Kapoor

Shahid started his career in the world of entertainment way before all the starts in our list. Who could’ve guessed what amazing tricks Shahid had up his sleeve? And the same ad also stars Ayesha Takia.

Rajkumar Hirani

‘Jor lagake haisha!’, this was the tagline for Fevicol commercial which featured the man who gave Bollywood a few superhits of the millennium. And he is none other than Rajkumar Hirani. The man behind the amazing movies like ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ and many others, starred in a commercial which also features an elephant. He was seen in a Fevicol ad wherein some men and elephants are trying to pull and break a plank saying, “Jor lagake haisha.” He was also seen in the famous Kinetic Luna ad campaign.

Salman Khan

The ‘Dabangg’ of Bollywood, Salman Khan, who is seen promoting ‘Thums Up’ with the line ‘Aaj kuch toofani karte hain’, had once endorsed soft drink ‘Limca’. Interestingly, he featured in the ad in which he is not the lead character. In fact, there are several small stories in the ad that promote the soft drink and Salman was a part of one of the stories, wherein he plays a footballer. Not many have seen this commercial from late 80s wherein he appears. He did this ad before Maine Pyaar Kiya was released.