It is rare to find actors and actresses who give as much of an importance to education as to their acting careers. It is seen more often than not that stars leave their education midway in their pursuit of fame and artistic satisfaction. Still, there is surely a different magnetism in educated actors. Here is a list of top 10 highly educated Bollywood stars.
1. John Abraham
The model-turned-actor’s forte is not his Greek God-like looks alone but also a sound educational background he possesses. He studied at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim, in Mumbai and got his bachelor’s degree in economics from Jai Hind College. Thereafter he obtained a degree of Master in Management Sciences from Mumbai Educational Trust (MET) in 1998.
2. Preity Zinta
The dimpled Bollywood beauty, who has always awed us with some brilliant performances, could well be termed as a diva with a perfect blend of beauty and brains. The co-owner of the Kings XI IPL Franchise first pursued an English (Honours) degree after which she joined a graduate programme in psychology, and later even earned a post graduate degree in Criminal Psychology. So, she is not only talented in the acting department but is also amongst very well educated Bollywood stars.
3. Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan is undoubtedly one of the best actresses ever to have graced the silver screen. With numerous award-winning and critically acclaimed performances under her belt, do her academic records really matter? Well, perhaps not, but it does accentuate her status to the standards of those for whom education is as important as the dream of excelling on the silver screen. This beauty from down south holds a major in sociology and a master’s degree from the University of Mumbai.
Those following Bollywood movies recognize him as the actor who came to limelight with ‘Rang De Basanti’ while those down south know him since 2003 when he made his debut in Tamil film ‘Boys’. During his college days, he was not only the president of the debating society but was also active as a part of its reputed theatre group. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Kirori Mal College, New Delhi and completed his MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.
5. Sonu Sood
You can’t call him very successful as an actor in Bollywood but he has his own market in the south. Nevertheless, this actor surely has a sound educational background. He is a graduate in Electronics Engineering from Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering. Well, that certainly keeps an avenue open for him in the future.
6. Abhishek Bachchan
He is the son of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, and the grandson of the great author Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Prior to his entry in Bollywood, to which he certainly had an easy pass by virtue of his family, Abhishek Bachchan completed his education, unlike many star kids and actors. He attended Jamnabai Narsee School and Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai; Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi; and, Aiglon College in Switzerland after which he attended Boston University.
7. Farhan Akhtar
Actor, director, producer, screenwriter, lyricist, television host, and singer: Farhan Akhtar is perhaps the most talented person in the Bollywood industry. Akhtar, the son of celebrated lyricist Javed Akhtar, did his schooling from Maneckji Cooper in Mumbai and then went on to get a graduation degree in commerce from the H.R. College in Mumbai.
8. Amitabh Bachchan
The Superstar of the Millennium and the angry young man of 1970s, Amitabh Bachchan is truly one of the most educated Bollywood stars. He is the son of renowned author Harivansh Rai Bachchan so it wasn’t surprising that his was an education-inclined upbringing. He graduated from the Sherwood College in Nainital, and later went on to do a double major in Science and Arts from the Kirori Mal College in Delhi.
9. R Madhavan
Perhaps one of the best actors in the Indian film scene whether south or Bollywood is R. Madhavan. The classic actor has wonderful portrayals on celluloid to his credit. Madhavan is a graduate in electronics from Rajaram College, Kolhapur from where he was chosen to represent India as its cultural ambassador. He was also the winner of the Maharashtra Best Cadet title which allowed him to take a trip to England and also receive training with the Royal Army, the Navy and the Air Force. Truly, a man of art and substance!
10. Soha Ali Khan
Perhaps Soha Ali Khan’s most notable role was as Sonia in ‘Rang De Basanti’ but this Bollywood actress of royal lineage did complete her education before embarking on the journey as an actress. The daughter of Mansoor Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore and the sister of Saif Ali Khan and Saba, Soha attended The British School in New Delhi and Balliol College, Oxford. She also earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Undoubtedly, she tops the list of most educated Bollywood stars.