Bollywood Beauties Who Chose Acting Over Academics

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Bollywood is all about the people who have a master’s in the field of acting. But Bollywood also has stars who are not only good artistes but are also exceptionally qualified in terms of the education they had.

Here are some leading ladies of Bollywood whose educational qualifications will surprise you :

1. Parineeti Chopra

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The ‘Ishaqzaade’ star has a triple honours degree in Business, Finance and Economics from the Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom. Before taking up acting as a career, she even wanted to be an investment banker. It was her cousin Priyanka Chopra who introduced her to the industry.

2. Ameesha Patel

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The ‘Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai’ actress is extremely qualified. She is a gold medallist in Economics from the Tufts University in Massachusetts. Patel also has a degree in Bio-Genetic Engineering from Boston University. The 42-year- old actress is professionally trained in Bharatnatyam. She was also the Head Girl at school.

3. Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta

The 43-year-old actress has a Bachelor’s degree in English with honours from St. Bede’s College in Shimla. She is said to be a William Shakespeare fan. The ‘Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna’ star later moved on to study Psychology. She has also completed her Master’s in the field of Criminal Psychology.

4. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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The ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ star had got 90% in her HSC Board Exams. She also has a degree in Architecture. The former Miss World is a trained Classical dancer. She has also trained in classical music.

5. Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma


The ‘NH10’ actress and producer has a degree in Arts from Mount Carmel College. She is also said to be pursuing her Master’s in Economics through correspondence.

6. Soha Ali Khan

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The Pataudi Princess has been a student of modern history at Balliol College. The ‘Rang De Basanti’ actress also has a Master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political science.
Khan, married to Kunal Khemu, has also written a book titled “Perils of being Moderately Famous.”

7. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

Sonam Kapoor


The recently married Sonam Kapoor Ahuja has always been in headlines for her impeccable dressing style. But she is more than just a fashionista. The ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’ star was a student of United World College  of South East Asia, Singapore, before going to college. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of East London.

8. Vidya Balan


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‘The Dirty Picture’ star has a Bachelor’s degree from St. Xavier’s College. The National Award Winning actress also holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Mumbai University.

9. Shruti Haasan

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The ‘Gabbar Is Back’ actress has been a psychology student at St. Andrew’s College in Mumbai. The daughter of Kamal Hasaan also took training at the Musicians Institute in California.

It’s time we stop stereotyping Bollywood actresses as beauty without brains and give them the fair share of respect they deserve.
Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThepeople.Tv