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Just How educated are our Bollywood heroines?

Last updated on: January 18, 2012 14:17 IST

Just How educated are our Bollywood heroines?

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Bollywood heroines have made a fortune playing beautiful college girls in the movies but very few have actually spent much time there in their real lives.

After looking at the educational qualifications of actors, here's a look at the academic records of the actresses. 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya studied at Arya Vidya Mandir High School in Mumbai, and then went to Jai Hind college for a year.

She switched to Raheja college to study Architecture, but left it midway to pursue a career in modelling.


Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


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Kareena Kapoor

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For Kareena, school was Jamnabai Narsee in Mumbai, then Welham in Dehradun. Kareena studied commerce for two years at Mithibai College in Mumbai.

She also registered for a three-month summer course in microcomputers at Harvard University in the United States.

After a year at the Government Law College in Mumbai, she realised Bollywood was her calling. Law's loss was Bollywood's gain.


Image: Kareena Kapoor


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Deepika Padukone

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After schooling at Sophia High School in Bangalore, Deepika joined Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. But she gave up studies for modelling and acting.

She enrolled with the Indira Gandhi National Open University's Bachelor of Arts course in Sociology but never completed it.


Image: Deepika Padukone


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Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra studied at La Martiniere Girls' School in Lucknow, then winged her way to the United States and Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts, and later John F Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She returned to India and finished high school from the Army School in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.

She attended Jai Hind College in Mumbai. She wanted to become a software engineer or a criminal psychologist, but winning the Miss World title led to a career in films instead.


Image: Priyanka Chopra


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Kangna Ranaut

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Kangna did her schooling in Himachal Pradesh. Science was her subject since she wanted to become a doctor.

She never made it to medical school. Instead, she moved to Delhi and joined a theatre group called Ashmita.


Image: Kangna Ranaut


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Bipasha Basu

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Bipasha Basu did her schooling from Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir in Kolkata. She studied commerce at Bhawanipur Education Society College.

Chartered accountancy was next on the agenda but winning the Cinthol Super Model contest put a halt on further studies.


Image: Bipasha Basu


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Sonam Kapoor

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Sonam went to Arya Vidya Mandir School in Mumbai and then enrolled in the United World College of South East Asia to do a course in international studies, but gave that up.

She is currently studying Political Science and Economics from Bombay University, but doesn't seem to be getting far with it.


Image: Sonam Kapoor


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Anushka Sharma

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For Anushka, it was the Army School and then Mount Carmel College in Bangalore. She was picked up by designer Wendell Rodrick to model for Fashion Week.

She is trying to finish her graduate course through correspondence.


Image: Anushka Sharma


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Katrina Kaif

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The well-travelled Katrina was born in Hong Kong. After her parents divorced, she moved to China and then Japan. She has lived in France, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Hawaii, and eventually her mother's home country England.

She lived in London for three years before moving to Mumbai.

She started modelling when she was 14. All that moving about left little time for any academic qualifications.


Image: Katrina Kaif


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Kajol

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Kajol never completed school; she left St Joseph's Convent in Panchgani, a hill station near Mumbai, and started her acting career with the film Bekhudi at the age of 17.


Image: Kajol


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Karisma Kapoor

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Karisma was no scholar either. She studied at the Cathedral and John Cannon School in Mumbai till the sixth standard.


Image: Karisma Kapoor


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Vidya Balan and Sonakshi Sinha

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These two are the most educated of our actresses.

Vidya did her schooling at St Anthony Girls' High School in Chembur, Mumbai, and later attended St Xavier's College where she majored in Sociology.

She went on to study for her Masters degree at the University of Mumbai, when she got her first film offer.

Sonakshi Sinha completed her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai and graduated in fashion designing from SNDT University.


Image: Vidya Balan and Sonakshi Sinha


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