Mumbai's prestigious Sophia College for Women is situated in the popular hub of Breach Candy in south Mumbai and is a well-renowned college. Founded in the year 1940, Sophia College for Women is known for its vast beauty, sprawling campus, the huge library, and labs. Its alumni rank includes celebrated names from the modelling world, Bollywood industry and politics.
In pic: The central facade of Sophia College for Women. Pic/Shadab Khan
BJP politician and former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje Scindia was born on March 8, 1953, in Mumbai (Bombay then). Raje, who did her schooling from Presentation Convent, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, finished her graduation from Sophia College. Raje majored in Economics and Political Science degrees (Hons.) in her graduation course.
Born on June 7, 1981, model and actress Amrita Rao, who was raised in Mumbai did her schooling from Canossa Convent High School and finished her college from Sophia College. The acting and modelling bug bit Amrita during her college days as she appeared in several commercials during that time. Amruta could not complete her graduation in Psychology due to modelling offers early in her career. Pic/Facebook Amrita Rao
Indian beauty pageant winner and Miss Diva 2017, Shraddha Shashidhar was born on September 3, 1996. The 22-year-old model from Chennai finished her schooling from Army Public School, Deolali, Nashik and pursued her education by getting a degree in Bachelors in Mass Media (BMM) from Sophia College. Pic/Instagram Shraddha Shashidhar
Activist, politician and social crusader Priya Dutt, daughter of late actor Sunil Dutt, was born on August 28, 196 and completed her graduation from Sophia College. The 52-year-old politician who did her schooling from AF Petit High School, Bandra went on to get her B.A. degree in Sociology from Sophia College for Women, which is affiliated to the University of Mumbai.
In pic: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie Trudeau, First lady of Canada gets a traditional welcome during her visit to Sophia College for Women in 2018. Pic/Atul Kamble
Author, non-fiction writer, entrepreneur and youth expert, Rashmi Bansal was born on March 8, 1985. The author of Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, did her schooling from St Joseph's High School in Colaba and went on to finish her graduation in economics from Sophia College for Women. Connect the Dots and Take Me Home and Arise Awake are few of her notable work recognised worldwide. Pic/Facebook Rashmi Bansal
Former model and actress Shweta Salve was born on November 12, 1990. Shw was raised up in Chembur and studied at Loreto Convent School. Shweta graduated with a B.A. Degree from the prestigious Sophia College. The runner up of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa season 1, Salve is known for her dance and drama talents. Pic/Instagram Shweta Salve
Screenwriter, film producer and director are few of the facets of Kiran Rai, wife of actor Aamir Khan. Born on November 7, 1973, Kiran Rao completed her schooling from Kolkata but when she moved to Mumbai with her family, she pursued her education from Sophia College. Rao graduated in food sciences and was also part of the Social Communications Media course at Sophia Polytechnic.
Model, actress, singer, and writer Preetika Rao is the sister of actress Amrita Rao. Preetika was born on May 29, 1992 and did her schooling from Convent Girls High School, Prabhadevi, Dadar. She went on to receive a Major in History from Sophia College and she also pursued journalism. Pic/Instagram Preetika Rao
Born and brought up in Delhi, actress Shahana Goswami did her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Delhi. The 33-year-old actress moved to Mumbai to pursue higher education and completed her graduation from Sophia College for Women.
In popular culture, Sophia college has been featured in several Bollywood and Marathi films. From Shahid Kapoor’s Ishq Vishq that features Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao and Shehnaz Treasurywala in the lead role to Emraan Hashmi's Murder, Sanjay Dutt's Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Marathi film Classmates, and many more films have been shot at this prestigious Institution.
Author, TV producer, and filmmaker Manjiri Prabhu did her schooling from St. Joseph's High School in Pune and went on to graduate from Ferguson College, Later, she did her Masters in French from Pune University but soon moved to Mumbai to pursue post-graduate diploma in Social Communication Media from Sophia College. Today, she is recognised as the first woman writer of mystery fiction in India and some of her notable work includes 'The Cosmic Clues' and 'The Cavansite Conspiracy' among others.
Born on December 18, 1986, actress Richa Chadha, who is well known for her roles in Gangs of Wasseypur and Sarbjit, was born in Patna and brought up in Delhi. Richa did her schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and got a diploma in social communication media. But before pursuing her diploma, Richa Chadha graduated in Bachelors in History from Sophia College. Pic/Instagram Richa Chadda
Born in Dehradun, 53-year-old writer, director, and artist Venita Coelho is known for producing some of the best works in children's literature. Venita grew up and completed her schooling from Kolkata. She finished her graduation from Kolkata's St Xavier's College but later on, did her post-graduate diploma in Social Communications Media from Mumbai's eminent Sophia College for Women. Pic/Facebook Venita Coelho
Politician Priya Dutt, author Rashmi Bansal, former chief minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje and film producer and director Kiran Rao all are alumni of Mumbai's famous college for women, Sophia College and share a unique and inseparable bond with the prestigious institution. Here's a look at most famous ex-students of Sophia college
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