Student or Learner
There would have been no dearth of roles for Tamil actor Rajinikant's daughter had she chosen to follow in his footsteps.
Instead Soundarya Rajinikant became a filmmaker and is now making Sultan - The Warrior, a 3-D animation project that features her superstar father in the role of an armour-clad warrior.
The emboldened sentence sounds strange to me. Could anyone explain it to me in a simple way?