Yes, we can understand it is very difficult to believe. But you know what, it is true. The fact is that some of your favorite Bollywood actors are not even 12th pass. But this hasn’t affected the heights of fame and glory in their career.
The thing is not that they never wished to study. The truth is that their luck favored them at a very early age. Each and every one of them had distinct ambitions. They wanted to become something else. The destiny definitely had something better for them and took them on some other way.
Today, though they are not much educated, whatever they are is an outcome of their hard work and strong passion. The journey was definitely not an easy one. Some of them have faced many hardships in their journey. At a time even their families were against their aspiration of being a part of Bollywood. Some of them even had very little even for basic survival. To add to their problem society also stood against them. Irrespective of all these they kept on fighting. Their hard work turned their dreams into reality.
Let’s peep into their early lives and have a look on the reason that made them leave education .
1. Katrina Kaif
The hot and much-loved actress is born in Hong Kong. Katrina Kaif’s real name is Katrina Turquotte. She had seven siblings including three older sisters, three younger sisters, and one older brother.
Madam Kaif took to modeling at the age of 14. Since her parents were divorced, she and all her siblings were brought up by her mother.
She once told that her mother had dedicated her life to social causes. Due to the same reason she had to relocate quite frequently. This definitely was the reason why Katrina never went to school. She got tutored at home too. This was due to her modeling career also.
2. Kangna Ranaut
The next on my list is the ‘Queen of Bollywood’. Yes, the guess is correct. It’s Kangana Ranaut. Kangna Ranaut was a stubborn and rebellious child. This was since her very young age. She was born in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Kangana went against the stereotypical regulations of her family. Against their will, she pursued her career in acting. It was in XII class when she failed in a chemistry test. This was the time when she realized that she was born for something else. She had also prepared for the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) to become a doctor. The turning factor here was that she never turned up for the exams.
Then she moved to Delhi. She shifted there to find life in modeling. She wasn’t much happy with that as well. After this, she worked for quite some time in theater and then eventually moved to Mumbai. For many years, while she was in Mumbai, she had meager earnings to survive and had to strive hard. This time she was all alone. Her family also did not correspond with her. It took many years for her to reconcile with her family.
Kajol was a mischievous kiddo. She was born to a Bengali-Marathi family. Her parents separated when she was a child. She was raised by her grand mother. Despite this, her mother inculcated a sense of independence in her at a very young age. Kajol got a film offer when she was only sixteen. The actress got an opportunity to work in Rahul Rawail’s film “Bekhudi“. After the film, she intended to return to school. She wanted to finish her studies but she wasn’t able to. She eventually dropped out from school. After this, she moved to acting.
4. Karisma Kapoor
She is undoubtedly a successful actress of 90’s. Karisma Kapoor is a very well-known name to all. She was born to the family of actors. Karisma Kapoor left school at a very young age. She dropped out while she was in the sixth standard. Since then she started acting. She got recognition at the age of 17. This was through her debut movie “Prem Qaidi”
5. Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was a brilliant student. She had brilliant academics. She scored 90 per cent in her HSC exams. Madam Bachchan aspired to be an architect. For the same, she enrolled herself at the Raheja College of Arts. Unfortunately, she had to drop out for the flourishing career in modeling. And now there are no words to describe her place in Bollywood. She is all time favorite actress of many. She got major recognition after her film opposite Salman Khan. And now she is the well known Bachchan Bahu.
6. Deepika Padukone
The next on line is the Shantipriya of Bollywood. Yes, it’s most loved actress Deepika Padukone. She had to drop out of IGNOU College. Here she had applied for the degree in Bachelor of Arts. She did so to focus on her modeling assignments. Deepika had finished her schooling from Sophia High School. She did her higher schooling from Mount Carmel College. Deepika Padukone needs no description as she has marked herself with her fabulous work. She is the dimpled girl of B-town and currently one of the highest paid actresses too.
7. Priyanka Chopra
PC is the next loved actress in my list. There is no doubt that success came to the ‘Exotic’ actor-singer at a very early age. Priyanka came to the limelight at the mere age of 17. This was when she was crowned the prestigious Miss World in 2000. And then she was flooded with the Bollywood movies offers. Talking about the college life, it never came into existence. She revealed her desire to be a criminal psychologist if she had studied further. But her career is worth appreciation. Her graphs continuously raised with no stoppage.
8. Alia Bhatt
The youngest superstar of Bollywood currently is Alia Bhatt. She finished her schooling from Jamnabai Narsee School. She did so in 2011. Her first movie launched was Student of the Year in 2012. Well, our girl in twenties has still age on her side to fulfill her dream of getting her graduate degree. But yes she is definitely graduated in Bollywood career now.
9. Arjun Kapoor
Arjun Kapoor was born in an elite Kapoor family. He was born to Hindi film producer Boney Kapoor and entrepreneur Mona Shourie Kapoor. Also to include here is that some other well-known actors like Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor are his cousins. In XIIth std, he failed in one of the examinations. After this instead of continuing his studies, he dropped school.
Then he went on to pursue his career in acting. Mr. Kapoor was very fat at his young age. His weight was around 140 Kg. This was due to this reason that he was “sloppy, grumpy and under-confident”. Who can say that now?
10. Kamal Haasan
Being a Kamal Haasan fan, you surely are not a stranger to the actor’s desire to constantly learn. Keep apart the entertainment his fans get with his films, he is also known for his bold and honest opinions. Kamal is a school dropout. Haasan can read, write and speak all four South Indian languages. This great actor is also a writer, director, producer and playback singer. Now think this for a school dropout?
11. Sonam Kapoor
Sonam was quoted in an IANS report saying, “My biggest regret is I’ve not completed my studies but I’m going to finish my graduation this year. I’m going to fill in the forms to get my undergraduate degree in literature. For me, it’s one of those things that I regret the most.”
She further revealed in the IANS report that she had stopped studying after 12th standard. After this, she went on to become an actor.
12. Aamir Khan
Mr. Perfectionist was born with the acting kinda. This reflected in his decisions taken in the early days of his childhood. This was when Aamir decided to discontinue his studies. This was after passing his 12th grade. He did his 12th from Narsee Monjee College in Mumbai. After this, he chose to assist his uncle Nasir Hussain.
13. Salman Khan
The ‘Bad Boy’ of Bollywood comes to the next one in the list of undergraduates. He is among those who chose to give their dreams of becoming an actor over academics. He dropped out of National College in Bandra. Salman did his schooling from St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai. He also went to The Scindia School, Gwalior. He is personally my favorite star. Even in his 50’s, he is the heartbeat of many.
14. Akshay Kumar
Akshay studied at Don Bosco. He also went to Guru Nanak Khalsa College at King’s Circle in Mumbai. He dropped out of college to study martial arts in Bangkok. He is one of the popular faces of Bollywood. He has marked his work in every field either it is comedy, action or drama.
15. Prateik Babbar
Prateik did his schooling from AVM Bandra. He then moved on to Jai Hind College. Ge further went to St Andrew’s College. But he dropped out halfway through. He is loved by the young generation.