9 Bollywood Celebs Who Left Their Well Paid Jobs To Pursue Their Dream Of Becoming An Actor

Choosing the right career is one of the most confusing decisions we have to deal with. While some of us choose to follow our passion early on, others may take a little longer to discover what they actually want to do in life. 

Here are 9 Bollywood celebs who worked in other fields before joining the film industry. 

1. Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra is a tremendous actor and performer but did you know that she is pretty qualified academically? She has a triple distinction degree in business, finance, and economics from Manchester Business School. The actress has worked with Manchester United Football Club. In 2009, she came back to India and worked as a PR Consultant at Yash Raj Films Studio.

2. Vicky Kaushal

This Bollywood heartthrob has an engineering degree in electronics and telecommunications. Post an industrial visit to an IT company, Vicky realised that he is not interested in a regular office job. He aspired to have a career in the film industry. He entered Bollywood as an assistant director to Anurag Kashyap and bagged his first leading role in Masaan in 2015. 

3. Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurana majored in English Literature and also possess a master’s degree in Mass Communication. He actively did theatre for 5 years. Before he became a leading Bollywood actor, Khurana worked as a Radio Jockey at BIG FM, Delhi. He has also worked as a VJ for MTV.

4. John Abraham

This handsome hunk holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Management Science. In his early days, he took up modeling assignments to meet his expenses. He has also worked as a media organizer. Soon movie offers began to pour in and John joined the film industry.

5. Taapsee Pannu

This vivacious actress is a graduate in Computer Science Engineering. She was a software engineer before she got picked for Channel V Get Gorgeous. This eventually leads Pannu to the film industry.

6. Ranveer Singh 

This Bollywood A-lister has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Before getting his break in 2010, Ranveer briefly worked in advertising. 

7. Ritesh Deshmukh

Actor Ritesh Deshmukh has an architectural degree and has worked for an overseas architect firm for a year. He also pursued an acting course at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. He kept his passion for designing alive despite being an actor, producer, and singer. Ritesh still has ownership in an India-based architectural and interior designing firm, Evolutions. 

8. Randeep Hooda

Randeep Hooda has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business management and human resource management. While he was receiving his education, Hooda took up various jobs including that of a waiter and a taxi driver. After coming back to India in 2000, he got a job in the marketing department of an airline. He also started modeling and participated in amateur theatre.  He got his chance to enter Bollywood when director Mira Nair spotted him while he was rehearsing for a play. 

9. Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi has a degree in fashion designing and started her career as a costume designer before finally making her B-town debut in 2010. 

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