September 15 is celebrated as Engineer’s Day every year to mark the birth anniversary of one of India’s legendary engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. The date was chosen by the Indian government in 1968.
Engineers are considered as the most versatile in human species. Although engineering is a technical degree but we can find engineers in almost every profession in India and abroad. From civil services to banking, engineers are everywhere.
Engineers have also dominated the entertainment industry as well. Many have even worked as techies before embracing showbiz.
In 3 Idiots, R Madhavan played Farhan Qureshi, a student of Imperial College of Engineering in Delhi, who eventually left engineering to become a photographer. In real-life, along with R Madhavan, these following actors chose to walk a similar path.
Sushant Singh Rajput
Late actor had scored an all India rank 7 in AIEEE exams in 2003. The actor was studying Mechanical Engineering but left it midway to try his hands in acting. He became a household name after featuring a lead role in Pavitra Rishta with Ankita Lokhande and then ventured into Bollywood with his debut film Kai Po Che!
Tapsee Pannu holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology in New Delhi. It was her colleagues who encouraged her to pursue the modelling and acting. Today, Taapsee Pannu is one of the finest Bollywood actresses.
Before pursuing her career in Bollywood, Kriti Sanon was studying graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Delhi. Kriti Sanon had made her Bollywood debut with Heropanti in 2014 and never looked back. Since then, she has worked with stars like Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Shah Rukh Khan.
R Madhavan, who played the role of an engineering student in 3 Idiots, is an engineer in real-life too. The actor has graduated with a engineering degree in electronics.
Pratik Gandhi is graduated in industrial engineering from Pune University and then worked for a while in Reliance Industries. He hits the bull’s eye with the web series Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story.
Sonu Sood, who is known for playing the villain in movies like Simmba and Dabangg, holds an engineering degree in electronics from Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering in Nagpur. The actor is being hailed as a true hero during the pandemic after he actively helped migrant workers return to their homes safely.
From being the poster boy of The Viral Fever videos, getting his debut in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan with Ayushmann Khurrana to playing the lead role in Panchayat, Jitendra Kumar has come a long way and his success story defines hope for all those who aspire to become actors.
The actor has also worked in a web series Kota Factory that revolves around IIT aspirants and their lives at the coaching centres of district Kota of Gujarat. Jitendra Kumar aka Jeetu Bhaiya, was a student of civil engineering in IIT, Kharagpur.