5 shocking jobs these Pakistani celebrities did before becoming famous

Published: April 14, 2018
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KARACHI: Before I became a journalist I worked in retail in God knows how many stores, and even cleaned toilets in Nando’s.

But that’s normal for a commoner like me right? It’s weird to think Pakistan’s megastars also had so-called ‘normal lives’ before they shot to fame.

I mean, could you ever see Mahira Khan serving you coffee? I know I couldn’t.

 Bilal Ashraf

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Talking to The Express Tribune, a shocking career choice was revealed by our favourite (my favourite really) actor and model Bilal Ashraf.

Bilal expressed he was in fact working as a hedge fund consultant (how boring) in New York City before getting into the field of films.

I don’t know about you, but I for one am grateful that he decided to bless our screens with that cheeky dimple, thank you, Bilal.

Mahira Khan

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PHOTO: MAHIRA KHAN/INSTAGRAM

Although it may seem like it, Mahira Khan wasn’t always glitz and glam.

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During her time studying in the US before her career kicked off, the actor revealed she used to work as a drugstore cashier, reported India.com.

Momina Mustehsan

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Even Momina Mustehsan appears as though she’s solely made for the world of music and entertainment. Especially after gaining such a fast fanbase following her performance on Coke Studio.

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However, her Instagram bio reveals she’s been dabbling in the field of engineering – props to Momina for beauty and brains!

Imran Abbas

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Pakistan’s heartthrob Imran Abbas also surprises us with his interesting choice of degree.

The model and actor seemed to be on his way towards a completely different career path, judging by his official website which highlights that he achieved a degree in architecture!

His artistic streak isn’t limited to showbiz then…

Ali Zafar

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But, that’s not the only artsy celeb our industry has, Ali Zafar was a painter before his successful career as a musician and actor.

The Teefa in Trouble star previously told The Express Tribune that he’s “still the same guy who used to draw and sketch at a hotel lobby.”

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 14, 2018 - 4:25PM

    They were better off and safer in their old fields of work . show biz is very unpredictable . why did they have to enter this field ?Recommend

  • Ismail Mirza
    Apr 14, 2018 - 5:54PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    Because unlike you and me, they got what it takes !Recommend

  • Laila
    Apr 14, 2018 - 6:10PM

    Contrary to what is on his website, Imran Abbas never completed his architecture degree. He admitted this himself on a morning show.Recommend

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