Actors Who Were Engineers Before Making It Big In Bollywood: Kriti Sanon, Sushant Singh Rajput, More

Here's a list of famous Bollywood actors, who studied engineering before making it big in the film industry. From Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, Vicky Kaushal, Kartik Aaryan, Kader Khan, and more.


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Actors Who Were Engineers Before Making It Big In Bollywood: Kriti Sanon, Sushant Singh Rajput, More

All the jobs are important in nation-building, but there's hardly any hesitation in saying that engineering is a job that has the capability to transform a nation. The reason behind it is the fact that engineers are trained and educated in a certain way that they never sit back and always try to eliminate a problem through innovation, technology, creativity, and knowledge. From medicine, space, entertainment, and environment to transport and many other major sectors, engineers play a crucial role and provide solutions to most industries.

Every year on September 15, 2022, National Engineer's Day is celebrated as a fitting tribute to the iconic engineer and Bharat Ratna awardee, Sir Mokshagundam Viswesvaraya, commonly known as Sir MV. Apart from being hailed as nation builders, engineers are also renowned for doing something else in a different field after completing engineering. For instance, there are tons of popular actors in Bollywood, who were once engineering students and had decided to fulfil their dream of becoming a part of the film industry instead of an engineer. So without further ado, let's get straight into it!

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#1. Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal is one of the most in-demand actors from the current generation, and the reason behind this is his exceptional acting chops and versatility. With movies like Masaan, URI: The Surgical Strike, Sardar Udham, Sanju, Manmarziyaan, Raazi, and Raman Raghav, he has established himself as a promising actor in the Indian film industry. Well, the actor had studied electronics and telecommunications engineering at the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Versova, Mumbai. However, he had never wanted to be an engineer, and it was his goal to enter the showbiz business.

#2. Jitendra Kumar

There's a reason why Jitendra Kumar's character of a professor named, Jeetu Bhaiya is still considered one of the best characters in recent times. Although he is a skilful actor, he had pulled off the character with such ease and perfection because he was a student of IIT, Kharagpur, where Jeetendra had studied civil engineering. However, it was his passion for cinema and storytelling that made him a renowned actor across the nation. Some of his memorable performances are in the shows and films, Panchayat, Kota Factory, TVF Pitchers, Permanent Roommates, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, and Jaadugar.

#3. R Madhavan

Ever-so-handsome actor, R Madhavan's performance in his debut film, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, is still like therapy for his massive fanbase that is spread across the nation. Over the decades, he has worked in some renowned films and web series like Saala Khadoos, Vikram Vedha, 3 Idiots, 13B, Rang De Basanti, Tanu Weds Manu, Rocketry, Breathe, and the list goes on. However, not everyone knows that before making it big in the film industry, R Madhavan was an engineering student and holds a degree in electronics engineering from the famous Rajaram College, Kolhapur.

#4. Kartik Aaryan

If we talk about the current crop in Bollywood, then undoubtedly, Kartik Aaryan is one of the most successful outsiders in the film industry. With no real connections in the film industry, he had caught everyone's attention with his debut film, Pyaar Ka Punchnama and had transformed his image from a monologue actor to a versatile actor with his performance in the film, Dhamaka. Kartik is stepping up the ladder of success in B-town with his every film. However, the actor comes from an engineering background as he had completed B.Tech in Biotechnology from a college in Mumbai.

#5. Kriti Sanon

One of the most stunning actresses in the film industry, Kriti Sanon also comes from an engineering background. The diva was reportedly studying Electronics and Communication Engineering at Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. On the professional front, with her award-winning performance in her critically-acclaimed film, Mimi has established herself as one of the leading actresses in Bollywood.

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#6. Taapsee Pannu

The versatile actress, Taapsee Pannu, comes from an engineering background and has also worked as a software engineer for some years. The actress had reportedly developed a mobile app, FontSwap, that is used to change the fonts' colours in an iPhone. However, after some years, she had tried her hand at acting, and the rest is history. Some of her best works till date was seen in the films, Pink, Badla, Thappad, Mulk, Saand Ki Aankh, Game Over, and Haseena Dilruba.

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#7. Sushant Singh Rajput

Everyone's favourite and exceptional actor, the late Sushant Singh Rajput was also an engineering student. The actor had reportedly got ranked 7 in All India Engineering Entrance Exams (AIEEE). The actor had left engineering mid-way in order to pursue his passion for acting and cinema. The actor had made his acting debut in the television show, Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, which was followed by Pavitra Rishta, Kai Po Che!, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, and a series of promising films. However, sadly on June 14, 2022, the actor was found hanging and dead in his Mumbai apartment.

#8. Sonu Sood

While on the screen, he is famous for playing villainous roles, in real-life, Sonu Sood is loved by millions for what he has done for migrant workers during COVID-19. The actor belongs to an engineering background, as he holds an Electronics Engineering degree from the famous Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur.

#9. Kader Khan

Iconic actor and comedian, the late Kader Khan was one of the most loved and respected celebrities in the history of Indian cinema. However, not many know that Kader Khan had studied Civil Engineering before making it big in Bollywood. Not only this, but the iconic actor had also served as a civil engineering professor in Mumbai's famous college, M.H. Saboo Siddik College Of Engineering. The actor had worked as a professor in the college from 1970 to 1975. Unfortunately, the actor had passed away on December 31, 2018, and had left a void that is still empty and too large to be filled by any other actor.

#10. Ameesha Patel

The ever-so-gorgeous actress, Ameesha Patel hardly needs any introduction as she was the national crush when she made her debut in the film, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, back in 2000. However, not some of her die-hard fans know the hidden fact that Ameesha holds a degree in Biogenetic Engineering from the prestigious Tufts University, USA. Also, she was a gold medalist in Economics, which speaks volumes about her educational background.

Well, the list clearly explains why people often say, "Har engineer pehle engineering complete karta hain, aur phir sochta hain ki kya karna hain." Truly, engineers are the jack of all trades. What do you think? Let us know.

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