Parents play a significant role in influencing and developing their child’s career, since they want the best for their children and want them to find happiness and success in life. However, parental influence on their children’s career choices both intentionally and inadvertently can be positive as well as negative.
In the case of celebrities as well, many of them were almost forced to opt for another career as their parents never wanted them to pursue a career in Bollywood. However, these stars have become famous names in the industry, and we are glad that they went against the odds and pursued what they wanted.
Son of director
and kinsman of filmmaker Nasir Hussain, Aamir Khan, in an interview, disclosed that despite being from a film family, his folks were against the thought of him joining Bollywood, as they found that it was not stable and wished him to pursue something more promising and stable like engineering.
Sushant was a student of the prestigious Delhi Technological University but dropped out before he could finish his degree. In an interview, he even talked about how his parents were shocked with his decision and even after approving his choice later on, they still wished that he would have finished college.
A trendy name in Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut, in an Instagram post, revealed how she ran away from her home at the age of 15 and defied her father’s wishes of making her the best doctor in the world to pursue acting. She admitted how difficult and messed up her life became after she ran away, as she was only a teenager, but with the guidance of Swami Vivekanand, she groomed herself in an impressive manner.
One of the finest actors in Bollywood, Pankaj Tripathi, revealed how he never thought about getting into acting and only got interested in it at the age of 22-23. He is from a small village called Gopalganj in North Bihar, a place where people only knew two professions namely that of an engineer or a doctor and his father wanted him to become a doctor.
Deepika Padukone, who is one of the top actresses of Bollywood, was a badminton player just like her father, badminton champion
. She changed her focus to modeling and acting from the age of 16 as she realized how she enjoyed the limelight from a very young age and wanted to step into the film industry.
Irrfan Khan was one of the actors who successfully straddled a career in Bollywood and Hollywood, but his journey wasn’t easy. His family always looked down upon cinema, as they thought that it was a profession for those who sing and dance and wanted him to join the family business. He lied to his mother after getting admission in the National School of Drama and told her that he was going there to come back and teach acting at Jaipur University.
Neha was the winner of the Miss India Pageant in 2002 and started her career in the film fraternity with a Malayalam movie. Her father wanted her to become an IAS officer and even booked her a ticket back to their hometown in the initial days of her career.
During an interview, Radhika Apte spoke about how her parents who are doctors disapproved of her dreams of acting and wanted her to pursue a career in medicine just like them. Her parents considered acting as a “brainless occupation”. However after seeing her determination to succeed, her father softened up to the idea and the rest is history.
When Sonam Kapoor decided to become an actress like her father,
, he was not at all pleased and had asked Shabana to dissuade her from joining the film industry. She was advised by Shabana to study in London, but fate had other plans for the fashion queen and she landed in Bollywood.
Daughter of and
, Sara Ali Khan, was advised by her father not to join the industry. Saif Ali Khan was not happy with his daughter’s acting aspirations as he felt that the profession was too risky and as a parent he didn’t want her to enter an unstable profession.