Being able to serve the nation in every possible manner is one of the noble services that a human can ever perform. The pride and honor of donning the uniforms can never match with any other services and this precious opportunity is only helmed by a few lucky ones. But, do you know that various celebrities in the Bollywood industry have engaged in serving the nation before they went on to rule the glamorous world?
While we certainly love to see our favorite celebs flaunting the uniformed roles and are a great fan of such characters and films, it’s quite surprising to take note of the previous jobs done by our favorite celebs. So, let’s take a look at some of the actors who have been a part of the Indian army:
One of the most popular actors of the classic generation, the Bollywood actor Gufi Paintal made the mythological series, Mahabharata a memorable one! Depicting the cunning role of Shakuni mama in the series, the actor Gufi Paintal was one of the notable actors of the 1980s. Healing from a sick family the actor was initially trained as an engineer and took up modeling assignments in 1969. While we already know enough about his various appearances in television shows and movies, only a few of us would know about him previously being a captain to the Indian army!
Predominantly known by his first name Mohanlal, this Indian actor, playback singer, film producer, and television host is primarily known for his work in Malayalam cinema and has also appeared in various other regional languages like Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu films. Recipient of civilian honors like Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan for his brilliant contributions to the Indian cinema the actor Mohan has been an indispensable part of the entertainment industry.
Charming the audiences with his works in films like Kireedam, Thoovanathumbikal, Spadikam, Devasuram, etc. Mohanlal became one of the popular actors in the industry. Apart from drooling the fans over his mesmerizing performances, the actor got inclined towards serving the nation in 2009 and became the first actor in India to be a part of the territorial army and was embraced with the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the same.
An actor responsible for providing some classic dialogues that are etched in our hearts forever, the Bollywood actor Raaj Kumar was popularly addressed as “Jaani” in the Hindi cinema. Delivering power-packed performances in numerous cult classics like Waqt, Pakeezah, Tirangaa, mother India, Nausherwan-E-Adil, etc, Raaj Kumar has carved a deep impression in the hearts of Indian audiences. While we still miss the actor and his memorable performances, he has also been a part of the Mumbai Police as the Superintendent before he stepped into the glam industry, that is, in the late 1940s.
A formerly retired army officer, the late actor Bikramjeet Kanwarpal was responsible for delivering memorable performances as a supporting actor in various films and television series. Brilliantly portraying the supporting characters in films like Don, Grand Masti, murder 2, etc, and various television shows like 24, special ops, crime patrol, etc. Bikramjeet won the hearts. But do you know about him being a Major in the Indian army!? Retiring from his services in 2002, the actor later became a part of the glam industry in 2003 and stepped in with the Madhur Bhandarkar film, Page 3.
The classic actor of the golden era, the career of Rehman spanned from the late 1940s to the late 1970s. Appearing in cult classics like Pyaasa, Chaudhwi Ka Chand, Waqt, jeet, Badi Behen, Pardes, etc. Rehman became an instant favorite for the audiences. While the upcoming generation might have forgotten or would rather not even know much about the actor, the fact about him having served the nation as a pilot in the Royal Indian Air Force is a true stunner for his fans. The actor left his shining career as a pilot and got inclined towards the acting industry and the rest is history.
An army officer turned actor Rudrashish Majumdar has worked in brilliant Bollywood creations such as Chhichhore, Hawa Singh, Mrs undercover, and Jersey along with a Bengali web series named Lost in Tollywood. The actor has also been a part of various ad campaigns including some popular brands like coca-cola and MG hector. However, only a few of the audience would know about him having served the nation for seven long years as a major of the Indian army.
“Are Bhai kehna kya chahte ho” – this one-liner is enough to explain who this actor is. Delivering short-lived yet memorable performances in films like 3 idiots, Dabangg 2, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, etc. Achyut Potdar has been one of the most promising actors in the Bollywood industry. Despite having performed in some short-lived and supporting characters this actor has been receiving immense love from the Indian audiences. And while we truly know about his filmy career, it’s time to take a look back at his initial days before stepping into the glamor industry.
Firstly, serving as a professor at river MP the actor later became a part of the Indian army where he served as a captain and marked his retirement in 1967 full stop then inclining towards working as an executive in the Indian oil industry for 25 long years he finally stepped into the entertainment world at the age of 44 years.