IITs have something to them that makes students undergo cut-throat contests, agree to hardship and badly squeal for entry. And since most big companies, domestic and international, are hiring IITians, there is something really different about these centers of technology. This is the reason most students (along with their parents) regard the Indian Institute of Technology group as a philosophy, and not merely an educational program designed to produce future engineers. At the same time, however, there have been IITians who, giving more weightage to their dreams, dared to sacrifice their dear IIT degrees! Here are top 7 IITians who successfully made it to the entertainment industry:
8. Nikhil Singh
Nikhil Singh graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
in the year 2007 and completed his B.Tech in Textile Engineering. Immediately after that he went to the US to learn professional direction at South California University.
Nikhil directed ‘With Love, Delhi’ as his first movie and worked with established Bollywood personalities like Kiran Kumar, Tom Altar and Seema Biswas. Currently, Nikhil is writing script for ‘No Love Lost,’ a movie project by Pitobash Picture.
7. Arunabh Kumar
An IIT Kharagpur grad, Arunabh is co-founder of TheViralFever.com. This guy left a cushy job at the United States Air Force to make Q-tiyapa
a real viral fever on the internet. Over the last two years, The Viral Fever has created kick-ass spoofs that have been doing rounds on Facebook, Twitter and many other social media platforms.
As of now, his video channel on YouTube has 0.3 million subscribers. The number of views – over 20 million. Impressive, no? By all means, yes!
6. Amol Parashar
2007 pass-out with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi; Amol Parashar
made his debut through Ranbir Kapoor-starrer blockbuster ‘Salesman of the Year’ and played a highly appreciated supporting-actor role! Also, he’s done a number of ad films for popular brands including McDonalds, Virgin Mobile, Mentos, MetLife and Cadbury. He also produced Formula 69, a thriller directed by Nitin Das, and acted in it as well.
5. Ashish Lal
A B.Tech degree holder from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Ashish is now a well-recognized figure in Bollywood Industry. He started his own production house and came up with ‘With Love, Delhi (2011),’ the first movie he scripted and acted in. He also co-founded RedMat Entertainment, a start-up production house, with Ashutosh Matela, one of his college friends. They are currently working on some feature film, short films, ad films and documentary projects.
4. Ashutosh Matela
Popularly known as ‘Matty’ among friends, Ashutosh too is a B.Tech graduate from IIT Delhi and completed his degree in Civil Engineering in the year 2005. He co-founded RedMat Entertainment with his partner and college friend Ashish Lal. He is actively working on various movies, documentaries and ads with Ashish and is mainly into direction and choreography.
3. Nitin Gupta
Nitin did Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and is popularly known as Rivaldo. He has been actively trying to get Standup Comedy a respectable position in India and began Entertainment Engineers as one of the most important steps toward pioneering a humor renaissance. Nitin has performed at various college festivals in the country including IITs, IIMs and alumni meets conducted by them. He also has proved his mettle in corporate events of many big companies and done a number of shows as well.
2. Rahul Ram
One of the top bassists in India, Rahul Ram plays bass guitar for Indian Ocean
, the musical band he joined in the year 1991. While he hails from a greatly educated family well-known for maintaining high academic standards, Rahul always enjoyed playing bass guitar from school and performing in events while still studying at St. Stephens.
After studying Chemistry at Stephens, he did Master of Science in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Other than being an active member of Indian Ocean, Rahul has composed songs and sung for many appreciated-by-critics movies including Gulaal, Peepli Live and Black Friday.
1. Chetan Bhagat
Mechanical engineer from 1991-95 batch of IIT Delhi, Chetan is widely recognized as one of India’s best young writers. He is the author of some bestselling and internationally popular novels including ‘Five Point Someone,’ ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’ and ‘One Night @ the Call Center.’ Five Point Someone and One Night @ the Call Center, the two of his masterpieces have already been made into quite successful Bollywood movies – ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Hello,’ respectively.
Concentrating mostly on national development and youth-related issues, Chetan is currently writing columns for various leading Hindi and English newspapers. ‘Koi Po Che,’ another movie based on his novel ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’ is still under production.