5 BOLLYWOOD STARS WITH NO DEGREE
Bollywood and cricket are the two big industries in India where we’re likely to find people who haven’t had formal educations. Sachin Tendulkar famously never finished his high school. In this article, we give you a list of famous Bollywood stars who are probably less formally educated than the average Joe.
Formal education is important, but there are a multitude of careers in which great success can be yours even without a college degree, or even a high school graduation certificate. This is neither good nor bad; formal education is what is often called a repeatable career path. It offers the practitioner high odds of living an above average life, with low odds of extreme fame or wealth. In careers such as Bollywood, for instance, you’re given low odds of extreme success with high odds of living a distinctly below average life.
So please don’t take this piece as advice to give up your college or school. Education still is the best possible chance for you to have a comfortable life. Having said that, here are a few Bollywood stars who have not needed formal education to get where they are.
1. Deepika Padukone
Now the darling of the industry, Deepika did her schooling from Sophia High School in Bangalore and early college from Mount Carmel College. She did enrol in IGNOU for a Bachelor of Arts degree, but because of a clash with her modelling aspirations, she had to discontinue it. The rest, as they say, is history.
2. Alia Bhatt
When Kareena Kapoor was asked on Koffee with Karan about Alia Bhatt, the Kapoor girl said that she should consider finishing her studies first. This may seem a bit rich coming from Kareena Kapoor, who is no Harvard graduate herself, but the point is well-made. Alia debuted as a lead star in Student of the Year in 2012 immediately after her schooling in Jamnabai Narsee School. So of the three leads of the movie, she is the only one properly cast.
3. Kareena Kapoor
That brings us to Kareena Kapoor. She studied commerce for two years at Mithibai College and was just about to move into a career in law when Refugee happened. At twenty, she was slightly older than Alia was when she made her debut, so one assumes that she is entitled to give advice, and also she has a discontinued tertiary degree to her name. So Alia would do well to pay heed.
4. Aamir Khan
Now to the guys. Aamir Khan comes across as educated and socially aware in his off-screen persona, but all that education is informal, gleaned from experiences and life rather than learnt in a classroom. After passing his 12th grade from Narsee Monjee College in Mumbai, Aamir decided to assist his uncle Nasser Hussain and enter the world of films.
5. Ranbir Kapoor
In an interview on Kapil Sharma’s show recently, Ranbir Kapoor made a candid observation that he is the most educated of all the Kapoor males. When Kapil asked him what his qualification was, Ranbir, with a straight face, said, ‘Twelfth pass.’ But he did study acting formally after his twelfth, so that counts as formal education. That does say something, though, about the education levels of the Kapoor people. But hey, not that they needed education, with all their exploits in cinema.
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