Contemporary Bollywood actresses are generally qualified with a few exceptions’. Many actresses have acquired education from some of the best universities in the world. For instance, Soha Ali Khan, the beautiful daughter of cricket star Nawab Pataudi and film actress Sharmila Tagore studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford and then gained a Master’s Degree in International Relations from London School of Economics and Political Science.
The other actress to have studied in England is Yash Chopra Banner’s discover Parineeti Chopra. She made her acting debut with Yash Raj films Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and made a sensational entry in Bollywood winning Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Before joining Bollywood she studied business! You would be surprised to know that Parineeti Chopra has triple honours in business, finance, and economics from Manchester Business School from London. Parineeti wanted to become an investment banker but she was spotted by Yash Raj films and life changed.
Khoobsurat star Sonam Kapoor has acquired her entire education from abroad. Sonam did her schooling from the United World College of South East Asia, Singapore. After that, she acquired a degree in Economics and Political science from the University of East London.
Ameesha Patel who won fame as the dumb secretary of Anil Kapoor in Race 2 is not a dumb girl in real life! She won a Gold medal in Economics from the Tufts University in Medford in Massachusetts (USA). She also won a degree in Bio-Genetic Engineering from Boston University.
Among the actresses who did graduation from Delhi include Mallika Sherawat popularly known as the sex bomb of Bollywood. She did her graduation in Philosophy from Delhi’s famous Miranda College. Other famous film ladies like Nandita Das, Mira Nair, Minissha Lamba are also ex-students of Miranda College. Konkona Sen Sharma has done graduation in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College Delhi. Neha Dhupia completed her graduation with History honours from Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi.
Anushka Sharma, who stumped cricket star Virat Kohli with her beauty, has done her graduation in Arts from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
Vidya Balan the ‘Dirty Picture’ sensation and regarded as one of the great actresses of the contemporary cinema comes from an educated family. Hence she gave preference to studies over films. She studied at Mumbai’s premium St. Xavier’s College and has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the Mumbai University. During her college days, filmmaker Anurag Basu offered her a role in a soap opera, but she had declined as she wanted to complete her studies and later venture into films.
Lara Dutta the Miss Universe titleholder in 2000 is also highly educated. She has a Bachelor’s in Economics and a Minor in Communications from the University of Mumbai.
Besides, few Bollywood actresses’ are also engineers!! Kriti Sanon the new actress who is making waves in Bollywood after the success of hit films like Heropanti (2014), Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) and Luka Chuppi (2019) is an Engineer by education. She holds B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication from the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology from Noida.
Taapsee Pannu, who made her strong presence felt in Bollywood with sensation and thought-provoking films like Pink and Mulk is another lady Engineer in Bollywood. Before entering Bollywood she did graduation in Computer Science Engineering from the Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology in New Delhi. She is now number one actress after the success of the comedy Judwaa 2 (2017), and the thriller Badla (2019).