Bollywood comprises of talents that go beyond acting and dancing. Many of our actors and actresses are trained in sports as well. While some have started training after the start of their career, while some have left it all for films. Here are a few names who could have easily been in sports if acting never worked out for them.
- Deepika Padukone
Daughter of famous badminton player, Prakash Padukone, Deepika herself is a skilled badminton player. She continued to pursue a career in badminton throughout her school years and played the sport in national level until she was chosen to model and then eventually be a part of films. The rest, as we know, is history. As of now, DP is tied up with Padmavati, which, sadly, won’t be releasing this year.
- Saqib Saleem
Saqib Saleem, who was seen portraying a cricketer in the film “Dishoom“, always wanted to be a cricketer himself. Saqib, in fact started his career with Cricket playing for Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir. Saqib’s latest work has been Dobaara, the Indian version of the Hollywood flick Oculus and his latest short film Aamad.
- Randeep Hooda
If there is anything that Randeep Hooda loves equally as much as acting, its horses. He is also a professional equestrian who regularly participates in polo matches, horse show jumping, and dressage events. He has also won several medals for the same. Hooda was last seen in Sarbjit
- Taapsee Pannu
If not an actor, Tapsee could have surely been a squash player. The actress is extraordinary at the game and has been playing it for quite some time. She credits her obsession with squash as being her secret to her fitness and well-being. Tapsee has also taken upon herself to mentor her neighborhood kids who have a keen appetite to learn squash. On the work front, she is currently shooting in Mumbai for Judwaa 2.
- Tiger Shroff
Tiger Shroff has always been vocal about acting not being his first choice and how he has grown up binging on sports. We can see his training and love for martial arts from his movies. If not an actor, we are certain that he would have been a great martial artist. He will soon be seen in Munna Michael and is also the voice of Spiderman for the Hindi version of the upcoming Hollywood flick Spiderman: Homecoming .
- Disha Patani
Disha Patani, who made her International acting debut with the legend Jackie Chan is also a great gymnast. It is known that she would soon be seeking professional training in martial arts. With an agile body and skills of a gymnast, she would have aced as a martial artist. she will be seen opposite rumored beau Tiger Shroff in Baaghi 2
- Ali Fazal
Before his venture into films, Ali was a state Basketball player who unfortunately had to give up on his sporting dreams due to an injury. He hoped to represent India as a basketball player but the injury was bad enough for him to discontinue his career in sports. he will be seen opposite academy award winner Judi Dench in the upcoming Hollywood Film Victoria and Abdul
- John Abraham
John Abraham has been football lover since childhood and had dreamt of playing for the World Cup. He even was the captain of the football team in his school and college and played ‘A’ Division Football. He will be seen in the upcoming film Parmanu
- Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor, who is an ardent Football fan, has some great skills himself. Ranbir is also spotted on several occasions playing football with other celebrities in charity matches. he will soon be seen opposite ex-lover Katrina Kaif in Jagga Jasoos, for which the promotions are on and will have Shah Rukh Khan in a cameo.
- Lisa Haydon
Lisa Haydon is a skilled surfer and has got some paddleboarding skills. She learned surfing in Bali and keeps practicing and working on her skillset whenever she has the time.