Superstar of the Millennium Amitabh Bachchan, like his learned father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, loved studies hence after completing his graduation from Sherwood College in Nainital. He went to Delhi and did a double major in Science and Arts from Kirori Mal College! However, he was quite disappointed at not getting a good job despite good qualification hence fed-up doing odd jobs he came to Mumbai to become an actor. However, here too he faced hardships but he patiently faced the tribulations until his determinations to make it big in Bollywood yielded result after 5 years of struggle with Zanjeer (1973) becoming a huge hit!
The 70’s star Girish Karnad, the intellectual film director, playwright and actor in South Film industry and Bollywood is other most qualified actors after Balraj Sahani. Girish did many hit Bollywood films like the Raw officer in Salman Khan‘s film Tiger Zinda Hai (2017). His other hit films are Manthan, Nishant, Swami and Kumar Gaurav staring Teri Kasam for which he was even nominated for Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award. Girish Karnad had acquired a degree in mathematics and statistics from Karnatak Arts College, Dharwad (Karnataka University), in 1958. Later in went to England and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He worked as Editor of Oxford University Press, Chennai for seven years (1963–70). Later he started his passion for drama and theatre and joined Shyam Benegal and did some hardcore parallel cinema.
Ayushmann Khurrana, the actor who is making waves due to his hit films like Andhadhun (2019) and Badhaai Ho (2019) is surely the next most sterling after actors of Indian cinema. You may remember that Khurrana played a rural youth who struggles to speak English in the hit film Dum Laga Ke Haisha? Well, readers would be shocked to know that the actor speaks English quite convincingly in real life as he has done Master in Mass Communication from Chandigarh University.
Some other actors who hold degrees include brilliant actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is a Science graduate with a Degree in Chemistry. He did graduation from Gurukula Kangri University, Haridwar. Versatile actor Manoj Bajpai did graduation from Delhi University for a Bachelor’s in History from Ramjas College and also taught at the Salaam Balak Trust in Mumbai for his survival during his struggle as an actor. Famous villain Ashish Vidhyarthi holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Hindu College, Delhi University.
In addition, Bollywood two excellent film directors’ Imtiaz Ali, who gave hit films like Rockstar (2011), Jab We Met (2007), Highway (2014) etc. and Anurag Kashyap who rose to stardom with films like Satya, Gangs of Wasseypur and Black Friday are also graduates from Delhi University (DU). Famous filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, in 1993, graduated from Hindu College with English honours while Anurag Kashyap, the famous filmmaker studied Zoology honours from Hansraj College.