9 Unconventional jobs inspired by Bollywood

These jobs portrayed on screen that could make you re-think your career choice.

9 Unconventional jobs inspired by Bollywood

India produces the maximum number of movies globally every year, in various languages for an eclectic mix of people. For the Hindi speaking majority, Bollywood is our staple fare of entertainment. We invest three hours going through a myriad of emotions, and some over-the-top song and dance routine. 

However, cinema doesn’t just stop at being entertainment. Movies and actors are known to have a deep influence on our thinking and society at large. So much so that a whole new generation of movie buffs are looking to style their careers based on portrayals on the silver screen.

Here is a list of nine unconventional jobs: 

1. Hair Stylist

Bollywood movies have rechristened the image of hairdressers. Whether it’s Kajol in ‘My name is Khan’ or the sassy Kareena Kapoor in ‘Ek Mai Aur Ekk Tu’, Bollywood’s portrayal of strong, career-oriented women has transformed the perception of these artists from barbers to the uber cool hair stylists.

2. Radio Jockey

Radio Jockeying may not be on anyone’s list of likely professions, but it is supercool nonetheless. Movies like ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai', ‘Pyaar ke Side Effects' and more recently ‘Tumhari Sulu’ make it easier to convince folks of the fame and money that you can draw as an RJ. And who knows you could even transition to the silver screen one day, just as actors such as Ayushmann Khurrana and the late Sunil Dutt did.

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3. Diving instructor

If you’re a water baby and love being one with nature, away from the rush and claustrophobia of city life, then you would have surely been inspired by the scuba instructor Katrina Kaif portrays in ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’. Diving in pristine waters and spending lazy days on sun-kissed beached sound like the most envious job profile ever.

4. Sketch Artist

It takes tremendous amount of skill and practice to become a good sketch artist. If you’re finding it difficult to convince your folks that the doodling on the back pages of your notebook is more important to you than what’s written in the front, recommend them to have a look at Akshaye Khanna in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ or Prateik Babbar in ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ to lend some credibility.

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5. Tourist Guide

If you love history and culture, meeting and interacting with new people, then a tourist guide could be your calling card. Like Aamir Khan in ‘Raja Hindustani’ and ‘Fanaa’, Shahrukh Khan in ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, Vaani Kapoor in ‘Befikre’ or Dev Anand in an aptly titled film ‘Guide’, you too could charm your way into someone’s heart.

6. Photography

Photography may not be as uncommon as some other professions on the list, but there is scepticism around it being anything more than a hobby. Rahul Bose in ‘Mr and Mrs Iyer’, Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Wake Up Sid’, Madhavan in ‘3 Idiots’ and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in ‘Photograph’ have inspired many to pursue this craft from a hobby to a mainstream profession.

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7. Art Restoration

If you’re attracted to art and heritage, consider becoming frescoes and artefact conservationist. Travel back in time as you breathe life into tangible culture of yore as Deepika Padukone did in 'Love Aaj Kal'.

8. Magician

One of the oldest art forms is on the brink of extinction. Even with all the CGI and gadgetry, nothing beats the sparkle of magic right in front of your eyes. No wonder the art of misdirection makes for great cinema and actors such as Hrithik Roshan in ‘Guzaarish’, Aamir Khan in ‘Dhoom 3’ and Amitabh Bachchan in the literally-translated ‘Jaadugar’ had us mesmerised, while many inspired to try their hand at magic.

9. Chef

Life in a kitchen is tough, but if you love food and want to share your passion with others, becoming a chef can be quite fulfilling. Food and Bollywood make for a great combo hence we have Rajesh Khanna in ‘Bawarchi’, Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Cheeni Kum’, Govinda in ‘Hero No 1’, Shahrukh Khan in ‘Duplicate’, Saif Ali Khan in both ‘Salaam Namaste’ and ‘Chef’, and many other movies where the leading actors don the chef’s hat.

In closing

Movies not only entertain, but also hold a mirror to society. While the conventional doctor, lawyer, engineer professions are still great career choices, with changing times we need to open our minds to the limitless possibilities around. Why not take inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s famous words "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life". Do you feel that you need to take a career break? Watch out for these warning signs.


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