From film makers like Shekhar Kapoor (became a CA from ICAEW, England at merely 22 years of age) to actors like Soha Ali Khan, Bollywood is packed with people who can easily outstand anyone even in the field of education.
It is a general notion that most Bollywood celebrities pay least interest in their studies and opt to drop out of their colleges for the silver screen but there are certain others who went on to complete their degrees. These celebs can any day choose an alternate career and shine out.
Preity is the perfect example of ‘beauty with brains’. This chirpy beauty made her Bollywood debut with ‘Kya Kehna’ and has an honours degree in English and a post graduate degree in Criminal Psychology in her bag.
Everyone is fond of her natural looks and bubbliness, but not many people know that this pretty lady has received triple honours in Business, Finance and Economics from Manchester Business School. We are really glad that such people do exist in the Hindi Film Industry.
We know Soha for her royal elegance and unbeatable resemblance with her mother Sharmila Tagore. But did you know that this Bengali beauty studied modern history at Oxford and earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from London School of Economics and Political Science.
Quiet often he has to face criticism for his acting skills but this handsome hunk is one of the most educated stars in the Indian Film Industry. Behind all that great physique and smashing looks of John, lives an intellect mind who studied economics at Bombay Scottish, in Mumbai and then went on to receive a Master’s in Business Administration from Mumbai Educational Trust.
Born to Harivansh Rai Bachchan (a legendary author and poet), the love for books and reading came naturally to the ‘Shehanshah’ of Bollywood. He holds a degree from the Sherwood College in Nanital, and later on attended college at Kirori Mal College, Delhi University to do a double majors in Science and Arts.
Before Riteish Deshmukh made debut in Bollywood, he earned an architectural degree from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. He even worked for an overseas architectural firm and even today he maintains an ownership in Evolutions, an India-based architectural and interior designing firm. While he is an architect, his wife Genelia, a dimpled heartthrob of Bollywood who was struck to silver screen at a very tender age was deeply committed to completing her Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies even while shooting for her first movie.
Don’t go by the dumb secretary she played in Race movie, this Kaho Na Pyaar Hai actress can give any boss a run for money. She holds a Gold Medal in Economics from Tufts University along with a degree in Bio-Genetic Engineering from Boston University. Looks can be deceiving and it is true in her case!
I am sure many of you must have watched Sea Hawks (television show) on National TV. This man of substance is a graduate in Electronics from Rajaram College, Kolhapur. He won the ‘Maharashtra Best Cadet title’ which enabled him to take up a trip to England and receive training with the Royal Army, Navy and Air Force.
Her clothes, acting skills and bold roles always make headlines but only a few know how well-read this South-Indian beauty is. Vidya Balan has not only excelled on the silver screen but was also a bright scholar during her college. She holds a Major in Sociology and a Master’s Degree from the University of Mumbai.
This multi-talented actor of Bollywood is a native of Punjab and holds a major in English literature. He also went on to do a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from School of Communication Studies, Punjab University. Acting was his call; he actively participated in theatres during his college days and was also the founder member of DAV College’s active theatre groups “Aaghaaz” and “Manchtantra”.
Remember the Siddharth aka Karan Singhania from ‘Rang De Basanti’? He is one of those well-read actors who can switch his career any time he wants and be equally successful. Siddharth holds Commerce honours from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University and then went on to complete his MBA from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. Not just that, this brainy actor also won ‘CNBC Manager of the Year’ award in 1999 for his speaking skills and intellect.
This yamla Jat from Haryana received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business management and Human Resource Management from Melbourne. After this Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding happened and since then he never looked back.
These stars prove that Bollywood has much more to it than glamour and acting skills!