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Just How educated are our Bollywood heroines?

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

Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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.

Kareena Kapoor

Image: Kareena Kapoor

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.

Deepika Padukone

Image: Deepika Padukone

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.

Priyanka Chopra

Image: Priyanka Chopra

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.

Kangna Ranaut

Image: Kangna Ranaut

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.

Bipasha Basu

Image: Bipasha Basu

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.

Sonam Kapoor

Image: Sonam Kapoor

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.

Anushka Sharma

Image: Anushka Sharma

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.

Katrina Kaif

Image: Katrina Kaif

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: Kajol

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.

Karisma Kapoor

Image: Karisma Kapoor

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

Vidya Balan and Sonakshi Sinha

Image: Vidya Balan and Sonakshi Sinha

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.