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Ranveer Singh To Vicky Kaushal: Bollywood celebs who gave up lucrative jobs to pursue a career in acting

The lure of Bollywood is much greater than any other career option. Lights, camera, action of Bollywood is a dream for many. Sometimes they even quit their well-paid lucrative jobs to try their luck in the magical world of Hindi Entertainment. Not many know that there are many well educated Bollywood actors who gave up their jobs to chose career in acting.  Yes, they left behind corporate, jobs, for which they were highly qualified to mark their debut in Bollywood

Let us take a look at some Bollywood actors who had very different careers before they pursued their passion for acting. Ranveer Singh to Parineeti Chopra list of top Bollywood celebs who left their well-paid jobs to pursue their passion in acting.

Here’s a list of Bollywood celebs who gave up their well-paid jobs to pursue acting:

Ranveer Singh


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Ranveer Singh is one of the most versatile actors of Bollywood. But not many know that the actor gave up some lucrative jobs to try his luck in Bollywood. The Padmaavat actor after completing his graduation from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai went to the United States for higher studies. He pursued his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. Post his return to Mumbai the actor worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency. Ranveer has reportedly worked with major ad agencies like O&M and JWT. His Bollywood dream came true when he got a break with Yash Raj Films’ Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) opposite Anushka Sharma. Rest is history.

Vicky Kaushal


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Vicky Kaushal is not only a versatile actor who has proven his mettle by working in different genres. But also holds an impressive educational background? Yes, Vicky Kaushal is an engineer who has graduated in electronics and telecommunications in 2008. Though he got many lucrative job offers on the campus itself, his love for acting proved greater. The youngster gave it all to pursue his career in acting and started with theatre. After doing a number of small projects the actor got his break with Masaan. He is at present one of the most promising actors of Bollywood.

Taapsee Pannu


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One of the exceptional performers who has carved a niche for herself in Bollywood thanks to her perseverance. She has garnered an immense fan following due to her exceptional acting prowess in movies like Pink, Mulk and many more. However not many know that Taapsee holds a degree in engineering. She has worked as a software engineer after graduating in Computer Science Engineering from Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology in New Delhi. Taapsee has also auditioned for a Channel V show called Get Gorgeous. She soon bagged her debut Telugu film, Jhummandi Naadam ( 2010).

Ayushmann Khurrana


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Ayushmann Khurrana has worked magic with the various characters he has portrayed on the big screen. The actor who had marked his Bollywood debut with vicky donor went on to win accolades for movies like holds a degree in did his majors in English Literature and pursued Master’s degree in Mass Communication. He did serious theatre for 5 years and then became a radio jockey. He took up the job of VJ on the MTV channel and became one of the popular hosts in India. His first movie Vicky Donor became a massive hit and there is no looking back for the actor now.

Parineeti Chopra


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Parineeti Chopra has received a triple honours degree in business, finance, and economics from Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom.  She even worked for Manchester United Football Club as team leader of the catering department. After which, she bagged a job as a PR consultant with the marketing department of Yash Raj Films.  Parineeti marked her Bollywood debut in YRF’sLadies vs Ricky Bahl.

John Abraham


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John Abraham is one of the fittest actors of Bollywood. The hunk also has a Master’s degree in Management Sciences from Mumbai Educational Trust and has worked for an advertising agency as a media planner. Initially, he started with modelling, but then entered an ad agency named Enterprises- Nexus and worked there as a media planner. Post his modelling stint he was flooded with offers. John made his debut with Jism (2003)

Riteish Deshmukh


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Actor-producer Riteish Deshmukh has also dabbled in architecture, after completing his degree in Architecture and Environmental Studies from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute. He has also worked in an architectural firm in New York City He also completed his acting course at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.  He was quite passionate about architecture and also started his architectural and interior designing firm named Revolutions till Bollywood called.

Sonakshi Sinha


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Sonakshi Sinha also has a strong educational background. She has received her degree in designing from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University, Mumbai.  Sona has also worked as a costume designer and stylist for several movies. She came into the limelight post her ramp walk at the Lakme Fashion Week and was offered a lead role in Salman Khan‘s Dabangg.

Randeep Hooda


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Randeep Hooda is known for his impeccable acting prowess.  Do you know that he also has a strong educational background? The Highway star went to Melbourne to pursue higher studies. He did his Bachelor’s and Masters in business and human resource management. On returning he even worked in a marketing firm before his debut in 2001.

Soha Ali Khan


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Soha Ali Khan has a bachelor’s degree from Balliol College, Oxford University. She then earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  The actress even worked as an investment banker. But she quit her job when a movie was offered to her.  She eventually made her debut in 2004 with the film Dil Maange More.

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