When biopic on Saina Nehwal was announced everyone placed their bet on Deepika Padukone to be roped in to play the badminton player on celluloid. Because Deepika herself comes from badminton background and has played national level championships as well.
She gave up her career in sports as she got more inclined towards making a career in modeling.
Likewise Bollywood industry comprises of talents that stretch beyond acting and dancing. Many of our actors and actresses are trained in sports as well. While some have started training after their debut, some have left their skills for Bollywood.
We bring 10 such actors who could have easily been in sports if not acting. Have a look:Randeep Hooda:
If there is anything that Randeep Hooda loves equally as acting then 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.
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 chose to model and eventually acting.
If not an actor, Taapsee could have surely chosen to be a squash player. The actress is brilliant at the game and has been playing it since long. She credits her obsession with squash as being her secret to fitness. Taapsee has also taken upon herself to mentor her neighborhood kids who have a keen appetite to learn squash.
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.
John Abraham has been football lover since childhood and had dreamt of playing for the World Cup. He even captained the football team in his school and college, and played 'A' Division Football.
Before his venture into acting, Ali was a State Basketball player who unfortunately had to give up on his sporting dreams because of 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.
Actor Saqib Saleem, who was seen portraying a cricketer in the film DISHOOM, always wanted to be a cricketer. Saqib in fact started his career with Cricket, playing for Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir.
Disha Patani, who made her International acting debut with Jackie Chan has great skills in gymnastics. It is known that she would soon be seeking professional training in martial arts. With that agile body and skills in gymnast, she could be a good martial artist.
Tiger Shroff has always been vocal about acting not being his first choice and how he has grown up on sports. We can see his training and love for martial arts from his movies and performances. If not an actor he would have been a great martial artist.
Lisa Haydon is a skilled surfer and has got some paddle boarding skills. She learned surfing in Bali and keeps practicing and working on her skills whenever she gets time for it.