7 Celebs Whose Educational Qualifications Will Astound You

If you had a Master’s degree in your field of liking, would you give it up for a career in Bollywood? Most of you would love to. After all, who wouldn’t love to be a part of the world of glitz and glam? But this is a huge risk! People have actually given up opportunities they were well-qualified for, to take up the struggler’s life. Eventually, their hard work did pay off, and they emerged to be successful. Many Bollywood celebs hold degrees even businesspersons fall short of. Some have Master’s degrees, some are MBA graduates, and some have even represented India globally. Take a look at these celebrities here:

Amitabh Bachchan

While you claim to know everything about your favorite actor, did you know that Amitabh Bachchan has a double major in the field of Science? Not only that, Bollywood’s ‘Shehenshah’ also received an honorary Doctorate degree from Queensland University in Australia. That’s just an added feather in Big B’s already crowded hat!

Parineeti Chopra

Bollywood actresses are always touted to be brainless and facetious. But it ain’t so. Young starlet and cousin of Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti has a triple honors degree in Business, Finance and Economics from the Manchester Business School in the UK. Prior to Bollywood, Parineeti’s dreams involved becoming an investment banker. We’re glad PeeCee inspired her to take up acting instead.

John Abraham

Mostly known for his ripped body and stunning looks, John Abraham is more than just brawn. In fact, he is an MBA graduate! After completing Bachelor’s in Economics from Jai Hind College, he pursued his MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. Do you know who shares his inclination towards finance? His wife, Priya, who is a financial analyst and investment banker.

Preity Zinta

An actor must be well read! An admirer of the works of William Shakespeare, Preity has a Bachelor’s degree in English with honors from St. Bede’s College in Shimla. Later, she moved on to study Psychology. After her graduate program in Psychology, the actress received a Master’s degree in the field of Criminal Psychology. Yet, she gave it all up for modeling and acting.

R Madhavan

Madhavan’s educational qualifications will leave you stunned. Back in college, the actor earned a scholarship to represent India as a cultural ambassador in Canada. He later graduated with a degree in Electronics, while training with the military. Additionally, he has trained with the Royal Army, Navy and the Air Force. At 22, he was amongst the leading NCC cadets in Maharashtra.


Madhavan’s Rang De Basanti co-star is not short of degrees either. The South actor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Kirori Mal College in New Delhi. Actively involved in various extracurriculars, he participated in world debating championships as the President of the college's Debating Society. He later got an MBA from S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research in Mumbai.

Ameesha Patel

The actress, who made her debut with Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai is highly gifted academically. In school, she was the Head Girl, before she went on to study Bio-Genetic Engineering from Boston University. She eventually graduated with a gold medal in Economics from Tufts University in Massachusetts. The actress is also professionally trained in Bharatnatyam.

Delnaz Divecha: Writer. Editor. Critic.