The entry of TV actors into Bollywood

The entry of TV actors into Bollywood

We have seen many Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, among others of late making their debut on the small screen. This could either be because their careers aren’t going great guns or they are given a good deal. However, there are many popular stars today in the Hindi film industry who actually begun their careers from the small screen and eventually got lucky landing roles in Bollywood. Here is a list of some of the well known ones that have made a mark in the Indian film industry and never looked back (at the small screen).


  1. Shah Rukh Khan

Yes…you read that right! Bollywood superstar or king khan was once a TV actor in popular shows named Fauji and Circus. Girls went berserk seeing this handsome face on television. Soon the young Khan landed his first role in the 1992 film Deewana opposite late Divya Bharti.


  1. Vidya Balan

The very chubby looking Vidya first got recognition in the comedy show Hum Paanch which also starred Ashok Saraf. After repeatedly being rejected in Bollywood she finally made her debut as a lead actress in Pradeep Sarkar’s Parineeta.


  1. Sushant Singh Rajput

The late Sushant Singh was first a popular household name with the TV serial Pavitra Rishta and Kis Desh Main Hai Meraa Dil. He was a fantastic dancer and proved his dancing skills in Jhalak Dikhlaja 4 and Zara Nachke Dikha 2 before being signed on for Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che.


  1. Prachi Desai

She was a well-known and loved face on the small screen with the TV show Kasam Se. Soon she landed in a role with some big names in the cult film Rock On in 2008. She has worked in several films since then including Once upon A time in Mumbaai, Bol Bachchan, Life Partner, Azhar and many more.


  1. Irrfan Khan

It is hard to believe that this multi-talented actor who has also made his mark in Hollywood movies was once a TV actor. The late Irrfan started his TV career with shows like Chanakya, Chandrakanta and many more.


  1. Ayushmann Khurrana

Prior to making his Bollywood debut in Vicky Donor, Ayushmann was a TV anchor, host and VJ. He is also a fabulous singer.


  1. Rajeev Khandelwal

The handsome actor started his acting career with Kahin To Hoga and CID among others before he got lucky with the Bollywood film Aamir.


Some of the other well known actors who made an effortless transition from the small screen to the big include Aditya Roy Kapur, Pulkit Samrat, Gracy Singh, Mandira Bedi and many more.

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