We know them as mammoth stars of cinema and they are now revered as celebrities. Ever wondered what your favorite stars were up to before they made their way to the big screen? Here’s what we discovered!
Nivin Pauly holds a B.Tech degree in electronics and communications and was working at Infosys in Bangalore before he started his acting career.
Karthi gained a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as an Engineering consultant in Chennai. After he found his job monotonous, Karthi enrolled for Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at Binghamton University, New York. Simultaneously he also completed two courses in basic film-making and then decided to pursue a career in Cinema.
This is by now a well-established fact. Still, it will always deserve a mention on a feature like this. Rajinikanth started his career by acting in plays while working as a bus conductor in Bangalore Transport Service.
Did you know? Actor Jayam Ravi is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer who performed his arangetram at the tender age of 12. After completing his degree in Visual Communication, he got trained in acting from Kishore Namit Kapur Institute in Mumbai. Before making his acting debut, Ravi worked as an assistant director to Suresh Krishna for the Kamal Haasan starrer blockbuster hit Aalavandhan in 2001.
He made his debut with the movie Kalathur Kannamma. Later, he worked as dance assistant to choreographer Thankappan. He also made brief appearances in many movies and dance sequences. Kamal Hasan has also been endowed with several doctorates.
He is now one of the most sought-after stars of Tamil cinema with a loyal fan base. His first screen appearance was as a child artist under his father’s direction. Although he went on to pursue a degree in Visual Communications from Loyola College, he dropped out of it to focus on acting.
It is a well-known fact that Ajith is a hardcore racer and loves car racing and bike racing. But did you know that the humble star has also worked in merchandising for a garment company? He also runs an NGO called Mohini-Mani Foundation.
Before making his debut in Tamil cinema, Suriya pursued a B.Com degree from Loyola College and has also worked at a garment export factory. It is said that the humble Suriya had not revealed his identity to his boss, for fear of nepotism.
Before making his debut, Vikram was a theater artist and has acted in several plays on stage. He has also worked as a voice artist for several leading actors in Tamil cinema, incuding Prabhu Deva and Abbas.
He has a degree in engineering and was working as an assistant software engineer before he was approached by the cinematographer Jeeva to audition for his acting debut Ullam Ketkumae in 2003.
After securing a degree in visual communications from Loyola College, Chennai, Vishal assisted actor-director Arjun in his directorial venture Vedham in 2001.
Trisha holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ethiraj college. She aspired to become a criminal psychologist but later ventured into modeling and was awarded Miss Salem in 1999. She later starred in a Falguni Pathak music video before being roped in to play the lead in Lesa Lesa.
Samantha has a degree in commerce from Stella Maris College in Chennai. While pursuing graduation itself, Samantha started modeling and her most notable campaign was for a popular South Indian clothing brand. She also runs a charitable trust called Pratyusha Support.
Nayanthara made her debut in movies with the Malayalam film Manassinakkare. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She had been working as a part-time model before being approached to play the lead role in a movie.
Shruthi holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St.Andrew’s college in Mumbai. She has also studied music at the Musicians Institute in California. Her first on-screen appearance was in her father’s movie Hey Ram.
The Baahubali girl has a bachelor’s degree in computer applications from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Prior to her foray into films, the actress also worked as a yoga instructor.
Keerthy has a degree in fashion designing from Pearl Academy. She has also said that she would seriously consider a career in design. She has also been to Scotland as part of an exchange program and has interned in London.
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This charming actress has a degree in Mathematics from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. She is an active golf player and played at the national level. She has also started a franchise of gyms named Functional 45 and has three gyms so far.
Kajal graduated in mass media with a specialization in marketing and advertising. It is no secret that she harbors MBA dreams and she now owns Marsala- a jewelry brand- with her sister Nisha.