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19 Bollywood Actresses With Surprising Educational Qualifications

Updated on 14 June, 2018 at 2:48 pm By

A lot of common folk a.k.a non-industry people believe that Bollywood stars are less qualified than them. Given the fact that most of them are school and college drop-outs, this does not come as a surprise. This majorly proves true for actresses rather than for actors. But these heroines with their high qualifications broke such stereotypes. And even bigger shock is that despite holding good degrees and high-quality education, they chose to be in a field which is considered as a last resort for those who are not well-educated. Let’s have a look at such heroines. A few of them though are school and college dropouts as the belief is:



1. Ameesha Patel

Ameesha created a huge roar with her debut in Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai which went to become a blockbuster. However, not many know that she holds a degree in Economics from the Tufts University at Medford and Bio-Genetic Engineering degree from the Boston University.


2. Kangana Ranaut

She studied at DAV school in Chandigarh and was heading for a medical career. After failing a chemistry test though, she soon realized that medicine was not her cup of tea and took off for her filmy career instead.


3. Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi has done her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir and has done her graduation in fashion designing from SNDT University in Mumbai.


4. Bipasha Basu

Having completed her schooling from Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir in Kolkata, Bipasha had plans to pursue her career as a Chartered Accountant, but before that modeling happened in her life and then Bollywood welcomed her with open arms.


5. Alia Bhatt

Alia completed her schooling from Jamnabai Narsee School but never got to attend college as her Bollywood career had already started when she was just 17.




6. Soha Ali Khan

It is not widely known that Soha holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the reputed London School of Economics and Political Science.


7. Preity Zinta

Preity too ranks high in the educational qualification and has a Bachelors Degree in English Honours and a Post Graduate degree in Criminal Psychology under her belt.


8. Sonam Kapoor

In one of her interviews, Sonam openly confessed that her biggest regret in life is not having completed her studies. This fashionista stopped studying after 12th standard to pursue a career in Bollywood.



9. Kareena Kapoor Khan

Kareena probably has the most prestigious educational background in the entire Kapoor clan and even amongst her female contemporaries in Bollywood. Her schooling was completed from Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai and later from Welham Girls’ School in Dehradun. She studied commerce for two years from Mithibai College in Mumbai. Following this, she registered for a three-month summer course in microcomputers at Harvard Summer School in the United States which she never pursued. After this, she even enrolled for and completed one year at the Government Law College in Mumbai. After completion of one year in this course though she finally decided to pursue her career as an actress and began training at an acting institute in Mumbai mentored by Kishore Namit Kapoor.


10. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

She pursued architecture for one from Jai Hind college for a year and then switched to some other college to continue the same. But she soon started getting many modeling offers and film assignments and hence left her studies mid-way to join Bollywood full-time.



11. Deepika Padukone

Deepika completed her schooling from Sophia High School in Bangalore post which she completed her pre-university studies at Mount Caramel College. When she plunged into modelling and Bollywood, she was enrolled at the Indira Gandhi Open National University and was pursuing Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology but quit it midway.


12. Priyanka Chopra

PeeCee has done her schooling from Jai Hind College’ Basant Singh Institute of Science, Mumbai. Her schooling was completed from a variety of schools including La Martiniere Girls School in Lucknow, St. Maria Goretti College in Bareilly, Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids and Lowa Army School in Bareilly.


13. Karisma Kapoor

Karisma is one of those who could neither complete schooling nor her graduation. Her acting career took off when she was just sixteen. She dropped out of school when she entered her sixth grade.



14. Parineeti Chopra

PeeCee‘s younger cousin Parineeti is highly qualified and holds a Triple Honors in Business, Finance and Economics from the Alliance Manchester Business School in United Kingdom.



15. Kajol

Kajol is another actress who dropped out of school at the age of 17.

16. Vidya Balan

One of the most successful actresses of Bollywood, Vidya holds a major in Sociology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and a Masters in Sociology from University of Mumbai.


17. Katrina Kaif

Having always been on the move from one country to another, Katrina has no formal education to boast of. She had all her education through homeschooling which was provided by her mother.


18. Anushka Sharma

Virat Kohli‘s wife Anushka completed her schooling from Army School, Bangalore and did her graduation from Mount Carmel College in Bangalore where she completed her B.A. in Economics.


19. Kriti Sanon

Sanon did her schooling from Delhi Public School, R K Puram, New Delhi and completed Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication, from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida.




These actresses life, education and career choice prove that as far as you are successful and are doing what you like and makes you happy, it does not matter whether you have a degree or not.


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