There was a time when opting for a career in acting, dancing, or singing was considered useless, and people would simply not want their kids to go that way. Engineering and medical were the prominent streams to choose, and there was not even a distant option for the artistic souls out there.
This article is for all those people who thought that making such career choices can restrict an artist from achieving what s/he intends to. Take a look at those respected celebrities who are so good at what they are doing that universities granted them an honorary Ph.D. degree. Amazed? Well, see for yourself.
He has a doctorate degree straight from the De Montfort University in Leicester, England. Earlier, Big B was reported to have turned down a doctorate degree by the Queensland University, Australia. His contribution to the Indian film industry has been remarkable and today he is one of those actors who has contributed immensely to its growth. No other title or degree can justify his inputs.
Our beloved PadMan, Akshay Kumar holds a doctorate degree from the Assumption University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Ironically, the actor has not even passed his college yet his contribution in Indian entertainment industry made him earn the prestigious honour from the Assumption University.
Shabana has FIVE doctorates in various subjects from different universities. Giving some degree goals, this lady has been an active volunteer of social causes and encouraging arts in the nation.
Shah Rukh Khan is a global icon who left no stone unturned when it came to carving India's name in gold at global platforms and summits. The actor was honoured with a doctorate from the University of Bedfordshire, England. He is frequently invited to Ivy league universities around the globe to address the people on entertainment and business-related matters.
Oscar winner from India, Rahman has five doctorate degrees including one from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Posing some serious competitions to Dr Shabana, Rahman has brought various laurels to the nation in music and arts.
Shabana Azmi's husband and one of India's most famous lyricists Javed Akhtar has a doctorate degree from the University of Pondicherry. Javed Akhtar has never failed to woo people with his work and has given the lion's share of his life to the industry.
Saif Ali Khan's mother Sharmila Ji has a degree from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. She is from a royal family but her contribution to the industry and society has made her more than just a royal woman.
To my surprise, famous singing sensation Lata Mangeshkar has more than one Ph.D. degree and that too from various universities in India. She has lent her voice to many songs, jingles and dubs.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra received her doctorate in 2007 from the renowned University of Leeds. Shilpa lent support to BBC World Service Trust television show to make people aware of the harsh side effects of HIV AIDS and how to tackle it. She has also been a great supporter and promoter of yoga.
Vidya has a doctoral degree in fine arts from Rai University, Mumbai. She has given some remarkable performances which many other actresses turned down. Vidya has been a challenge taker and a change maker.
That's all, people.
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