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DU's Bollywood brigade

Check out celebrity students of Delhi University as they fondly remember the time they spent on campus

entertainment Updated: Jun 26, 2012 13:42 IST
Chetna Dua

The first cut-off list of Delhi University (DU) comes out today. While apprehension and anxiety might be on an all-time high for DU aspirants, they certainly have a lot of inspiration to gain confidence from. Many actors, politicians and musicians have eaten in the same canteens, attended the same classes and lived in the same hostel room that these students aspire to occupy soon. Here are some famous DU alumni from Bollywood, who have made it big.

Shah Rukh Khan
Hansraj College
Economics (hons), 1988
He is perhaps the most celebrated personality to have graduated from the college. At the time of orientation every year, the freshers are greeted with the principal's address and an inevitable mention of King Khan and his story of Bollywood success. The actor is known to have been a recluse during college days, though he loved to play football. SRK dreamt of studying in London School of Economics and spent hours outside Kirori Mal College hoping to get some acting assignments, just like Amitabh Bachchan.

Arjun Rampal
Hindu College
Economics (hons), 1993
During his college days, Arjun Rampal often visited Delhi School of Economics and the arch rival St. Stephen's. The reason was to relish the famous cutlets available at Stephen's café. He also used to visit the Ridge area quite often. "I loved to hangout at the ridge area and loved the omelets over there." On his first day of college, he asked a senior to carry his luggage, as a result of which, he was severely ragged. Another favourite spot of his during his college days was the back gate of Miranda House College.

Manoj Bajpayee
Ramjas College
History (hons), 1989
The actor was an attentive student, but also had fun in college. "I was passionate about my studies but never missed out on theatre. I would also hang out in the canteen, eat at roadside stalls with friends, and do theatre," he says. The actor got nostalgic about his college days at a recent visit to the city. "Everything that I am today is because of Ramjas College and Delhi. I used to love theatre and attended Barry John classes. I love coming to the city on any excuse. Hats off to Delhi University," he said.

Anurag Kashyap
Hansraj College
Zoology (hons), 1993
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, known for directing movies such as Black Friday, Dev D and recently released Gangs of Wasseypur, went back to college recently. "We used to hang out at Anthony's canteen, which was the first place that caught my attention when I came here. It now triggers many happy memories," he said. Kashyap indulged in his memories by having his favourite, chholay bhature, with the college staff at the canteen. He also met the principal of the college, VK Kwatra, and the students. As a backbencher in college, Kashyap admitted to being a shy student, but revealed that he always raised his voice against ragging.

Rannvijay Singh
Hansraj College
B Com (hons), 2003
T he VJ and actor says, "I was a member of the basketball team in college and used to come to the grounds for practice at six in the morning everyday. My favourite hangout in college was the Lover's Point near the canteen." He adds, "The college crowd was fantastic. Since pocket money was limited, I used to gorge on samosas, dosa and masala Maggi. My talent made me very popular with girls and they always trusted me."

Imtiaz Ali
Hindu College
English (hons), 1993
Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali started theatre at Hindu College with the formation of theatre society, IBTIDA. "There was no dramatics society in our college. I wanted to do a play with my friends so, all of us got together at the Jai Singh Lawns and formed IBTIDA." He's still connected to the society and takes interest in its activities. "College life is reminiscent endless hours of waiting outside Miranda House in support of our friends, and Jai Singh chaiwalla for tea and Bun omelets," he adds.

Minissha Lamba
Miranda House
English (hons), 2004
T he actor, who wanted to become a journalist, stayed in Greater Kailash and hardly went to college as she felt "too lazy" to travel from South Delhi to North Campus every day. "Plus there were no boys, so there was no motivation to go to college," she adds. But the actor looks back fondly at memories of her teachers. "We had the best teachers who taught us the values of life through the books," she says.

Konkona Sen Sharma
St Stephen's College
English (hons), 2001
Even though Sharma graduated from Stephen's more than 11 years ago, the memories are still fresh in her mind. The actor was an active member of the Shakespeare Society at the college and participated in most intra and inter-college fests. "I picked up the nuances of acting while acting as a part of the dramatics society. Each of my deserving performances is because of what I learnt at college," she was quoted as saying. "I would never go back home early. I used to stay back in the auditorium to practice for my plays and then go to Jama Masjid for mouth-watering kebabs," she added.