Film actors are usually thought of as those blessed losers who, despite not being able to do well in college, got that one in a million ‘lucky break’ and made it to the silver screen and to billboards all over the city. You may find it surprising then, that some of these icons actually have very sharp ‘grey cells’ and could’ve given their competitors a run for their money had they entered a field different from the one their acting passion drove them to.

Randeep Hooda started his acting career with ‘Monsoon Wedding’ and has been honing his acting skills to steadily climb up the ladder, getting critical acclaim for his stints in ‘Bombay Talkies’ and lead role in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway’, opposite Alia Bhatt. Hooda completed his higher studies in Australia, earning a Masters in Marketing and Human Resource Management.

Preity Zinta, the dimpled beauty who stole our hearts in ‘Kal Ho Na ho’, is not just a ‘pretty woman’, though the song did convince us of it! Zinta graduated from St. Bede’s College, Shimla, with a BA Honors in English. The accomplished actress also holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Psychology (which would make her a natural pick to star in thrillers, right?).

Contrary to what you might think, John Abraham is not all brawn and no brains. In fact, it turns out, this guy’s one smart cookie! Before turning his attention to modeling and acting, Johnny boy managed to get a BA in Economics and also has an MBA degree from Narseemonji Institute of Management Science.

A lady not to be trifled with, it seems! Vidya Balan, actress par excellence, with many acting awards tucked into her saree belt, has a Bachelor’s from the famous St. Xavier’s college. Balan has also earned a Master’s degree from the University of Mumbai — Ooh La La..!

Amitabh Bachchan, the ‘Angry Young Man’ turned Shahenshah of Bollywood, has literary accomplishment in his genes. The son of Hindi poet Harivansh Rai, Bachchan’s poetic performances do justice to his pedigree. The ‘one man industry’ according to French director Henry Truffaut, is a double sciences major. Bachchan was also awarded an honorary Doctorate from Queensland University in Australia.