It Could Have Been so Different: Stars and Their Original Dreams

Growing up you make hundreds of career choices, often determined by what you see on the television or what you hear your friends talking about at school. Sometimes it’s even determined by how much you’re enjoying a particular lesson or what your parents do for a living and developing an interest based on what they talk about when they come home in the evenings.

In other cases it’s a lot more clean cut. Some people are almost forced into careers because their family run their own business and almost expect them to follow in their footsteps and eventually take over the company. Alternatively, you may discover that you’re so naturally gifted with certain assets that make a particular career an inevitability, a bit of a child prodigy if you will.

There are cases, however, where certain people are almost forced to ditch their own dreams in favour of a career that could be much more lucrative. For example, not all actors and actresses have always wanted to be on the silver screen. Some will get interested in acting from an early age, while others will always keep it as a hobby or pastime while remaining realistic with their career ambitions. After all, not every actor is destined to end up on the Hollywood walk of fame, appearing in film premieres and searched for on Some may make it to their local stage in evenings or at weekends while holding down a full-time career in another industry or undertaking University degrees to ensure that they’re set for the future, just like Hollywood star Natalie Portman – to use an example – who attended Harvard, graduating with a degree in psychology while working as an actress in films that included the Star Wars franchise where she played Padme Amidala.

A lot of Bollywood actors and actresses are encouraged to follow similar career paths with so many desperate to make it into a career in acting while remaining realistic that only a lucky few make it to the very top. For example, Deepika Padukone who has worked as a model and starred in films such as Love Aaj Kal, Lafangey Parindey, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express, competed at international level as a junior badminton player. Following in her father’s footsteps, who also played competitive badminton, Deepika would get up at 5 in the morning each day to train before getting her break in modelling and, subsequently, acting and has now become one of Bollywood’s most loved stars.

Parineeti Chopra certainly never saw her career in Bollywood flourishing the way it has done. The actress who appeared in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Shuddh Desi Romance and Hasee Toh Phasee was destined to become a banker. She took a triple honours degree in business, finance and economics followed by a masters in marketing at the University of Manchester business school.

Akshay Kumar also never planned on becoming a Bollywood star, even heading off to Bangkok to pursue a career in martial arts. Having now appeared in more than 100 Bollywood movies, it’s a dramatic change from working as a chef in Bangkok trying to fund his martial arts training.

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