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Katrina Kaif to Kareena Kapoor: heroines who quit studies

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 29, 2014
First Published: 09:48 IST(29/1/2014) | Last Updated: 09:57 IST(29/1/2014)

Kareena Kapoor Khan seems to be on a cause-endorsing drive.

After supporting womenfs safety through a cell phone app, the actorfs new focus area in 2014 seems to be education. "Yes, I want to do something... We should try and eradicate illiteracy from our country, and that is a cause I deeply believe in," she says.

Back in 2000, when Kareena entered Bollywood with Refugee, she was all of 20. And once she got busy with film shoots, studies took a backseat, causing her to opt out of law school midway.

"Somewhere, I feel that I started working at a very early age. Watching my sister (Karisma Kapoor), I felt this rush to be an actress. Now, the more time passes, and after I met Saif (Ali Khan, husband), I realise that education and basic grounding are important. Itfs nice to know about things in life, and to read. Ifve started reading more. Earlier I wouldnft even pick up a book. These are things that, maybe, I couldnft do in my life, so I want to encourage people to do it," she adds.

Kareena adds that Saif strongly believes in a good education. "clike going to a good school, getting a basic education. He also believes itfs never too late to study. He is in his forties, and reads a lot; hefs got so much information. Because of him, Ifve started believing that itfs good to know about whatfs happening around you, apart from films. And that has also started to interest me, so hopefully, in 2014, I would like to do something (about education as a cause)," says Kareena.

Others who gave up studies to become actors

Karisma Kapoor: Karisma Kapoor started acting (in 1991, with Prem Qaidi) when she was just 17.
Alia Bhatt: Mahesh Bhattfs daughter was only 19 in 2012 when she made her debut with Student of The Year.
Katrina Kaif: After modelling for some years, Katrina made her acting debut at 20 with the 2003 dud, Boom.
Urmila matondkar: She started as a child actor, most famous for her role in Masoom (1983). Later, she made her debut in Narasimha (1991) at age 17.
Kajol: Kajol debuted at age 18 with Bekhudi in 1992.

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