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Meet Srikanth Bolla, the first blind student of MIT


Srikanth Bolla

dons many hats. He is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and CEO of

Bollant Industries

. Until now, the 32-year-old’s achievements might have taken you by surprise, but wait until you know more about him.
Srikanth was born blind in a farmer family in Seetharamapuram in Andhra Pradesh’s Machilipatnam district. Considered as “no use”, his relatives suggested his parents get rid of him, however, there was something else in his destiny.

Srikanth Bolla became the first ever blind student to join the

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

(MIT) in the US to study business management science. “Bolla has chosen to focus on management studies even though he has a keen aptitude for computer science. He plans to be an entrepreneur and a future leader. In fact, one of his many ambitions is to be president of India. “With management, it’s in my hands. I can use management skills however I like. If my ideas work out in the business world, I can make a lot of money and I can help others with that money,” he says. One of his ideas is to start a company that will manufacture assistive technology devices,” Srikanth’s profile on


portal reads. The profile was updated on the website in November, 2011. He was denied admission to coaching institutes for IIT because of his blindness.
A movie based on Srikanth’s life will be released on May 10. Meanwhile, the trailer has gained a massive positive response. The movie named ‘Srikanth’ has

Rajkummar Rao

in the titular role. Jyothika plays his teacher and Alaya F plays his love interest. The impressive trailer begins with Srikanth opening up on his ambition of becoming India’s first blind President. The movie talks about Srikanth’s passion for science, his ambitions, and his efforts to make the Indian education system accessible to visually impaired students.

Srikanth took to Instagram to thank the movie makers. “When I was in school, my teachers recorded lectures for me in cassette tapes made by T-series that helped me learn all my lessons and today life has taken such a circle that the same company is taking my story to the whole world. I am still processing this new reality, because this trailer has just made me realize the huge responsibility to live up to the expectations of lives I touch, for the rest of my life,” he wrote.

“These snippets of my life evoke a flood of emotions in me. I am sure that the challenges I have overcome and the triumphs I witnessed will serve as a reminder of resilience in our human spirits. But beyond myself, I feel a deep sense of gratitude towards the talented individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to bringing my narrative to life. Their passion and commitment to authenticity are truly commendable.”
“I hope that this trailer sparks a sense of inspiration in others. If my little story can serve as a beacon of hope for those facing similar obstacles in life, then the purpose is fulfilled,” he added.

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