They paved the way forward in an alien industry, holding hands through difficult times and inspired them towards success. For Teacher's Day (Sep 5), Bollywood celebrities recall their gurus and inspirations, who shaped their careers.
Sushmita Sen: I have so many mentors in life as I get inspired by a lot of people - be it Mother Teresa or Madonna. I admire those people who can live life on their own... I don't like people who follow others.
Manoj Bajpai: I had my teacher in Barry John. He taught me theatre and everything in life. Whatever I am doing and I am today is because of him.
Gulshan Grover: I consider Mahesh Bhatt and Umesh Mehra as my greatest teachers in Bollywood. They gave me great identities on the big screen and helped me make a mark for myself.
Katrina Kaif: (When it comes to my guru in Bollywood) there have been so many people - every member of the (Salman) Khan family, the directors whom I have worked with, Akshay (Kumar). There are many more who have stood by me, for which I will always be grateful to them.
Karan Johar: My guru in the film fraternity would be myself.