South Indian actors are undeniably talented, but have you ever thought about their educational qualifications? While some were unable to pursue their studies as they were early preoccupied with pursuing their passion, some completed their studies and earned their degrees alongside stepping into the entertainment industry.
Karthi received his university program from a foreign institution before becoming an actor, Rajinikanth worked as a coolie and transport attendant before starting his film career. Dhanush could not finish his schooling as he started acting at a very young age. Whatever the case here, we are going to discuss the educational qualifications of the top South Indian actors.
Here is the list of some of the best educational degrees of South Indian Actors:
1. Allu Arjun
South Indian actor Allu Arjun, who had the most Google searches in 2021, finished his schooling at St. Patrick School in Chennai. He then completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from MSR College in Hyderabad.
He attended a number of institutions including JRK Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Vadapalani, Chennai, Thai Sathiya Matriculation High School in Saligramam and St. John’s Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Alwarthirunagar.
Despite being unable to pursue higher education as he was dragged to the cinema by his brother and father, he studied online courses and graduated from Madurai Kamaraj University with a Bachelor of Computer Application. Distance learning is not always useless and enhances your knowledge.
3. Mahesh Babu
Filmmaker, director, television personality and entrepreneur Mahesh Babu is also a philanthropist. He has become one of the most recognizable and prominent performers in Telugu cinema and is regarded by fans as the prince of Tollywood.
He earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai after completing Year 12 at St. Bede’s Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai. After graduating, he completed a three- to four-month acting course.
The Gavipuram Government Kannada Model Primary School in Bangalore was where he did his schooling. He was enrolled by his brother in a Hindu monastery called Ramakrishna Math where he was taught Vedas, history and tradition.
Thalaivar Rajnikanth became interested in acting after he started taking part in plays. He initially worked as a coolie and transport attendant. He is also associated with the Madras Film Institute.
Suriya, aka Saravanan Sivakumar, is one of the greatest actors in the South Indian film industry. In Chennai he attended St. Bede’s Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School and then Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School for his education. He also holds a B.Com degree from Loyola College, Chennai.
Prabhas, the star of Baahubali is one of the best South Indian actors who needs no introduction. For his education he attended the DNR school in Bhimavaram. He graduated from Sri Chaitanya College, Hyderabad with a B.Tech. He continued to indulge his love of acting after his B.Tech. He also graduated from Satyanand Film School in Visakhapatnam.
In the early 1970s, he participated in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi as an NCC member. He completed his secondary studies at CSR Sarma College in Ongole. He graduated from Sri YN College, Narsapuram with a degree in business administration. He enrolled at the Madras Film Institute in 1976 after graduating to pursue a film career.
8. Akkineni Nagarjuna
He attended Hyderabad Public School for his undergraduate education and Little Flower Junior College for his postgraduate education. After completing his first semester in mechanical engineering at Guindy College of Engineering, Anna University, Madras, he went to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.
Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar, known by his stage name Vijay, is not only a famous South Indian actor, but also a dancer, playback singer and philanthropist. Before moving to Balalok Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Virugambakkam, he first attended Fathima Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Kodambakkam. He attended Loyola College to earn a degree in visual communications, but left early as acting became his passion.
He attended Chettinad Vidyashram and Hyderabad Public School for his education. He enrolled at St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad to study B.Com but left after 2 months. He then attended Chennai Film School where he received a Diploma in Industrial Photography.
Before becoming an actor in the South Film Industry, he worked as a post-effects and VFX producer. He attended the Barry John School of Acting to improve his acting skills. He is also trained in stunts at an academy.
Karthik Sivakumar, commonly known as Karthi, graduated from Crescent Engineering College, Chennai with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After graduating, he received a scholarship and continued his studies at Binghamton University in New York to earn a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering.
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