Backed by Ekta Kapoor, ALTBalaji launched in 2017. The OTT platform kickstarted as one of the first Indian-born-digital streaming platforms. Keeping in mind Kapoor's strong presence in the TV world, it was pretty apparent that the platform would have several famous TV stars. And that's exactly what happened. Along with several Bollywood stars like Karisma Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Nimrit Kaur, Mallika Sherawat, and such, the streaming platform also marked the debuts of several successful TV stars.
Although the list of TV actors who have made their digital debut with ALTBalaji is a long one, we have handpicked a few that created quite the imapct.
Jennifer Winget as Monica Mehra in Code M
Jennifer never played a saree-clad bahu on TV. So, it was evident that she wouldn't play the girl next door in her digital debut. In her first digital show, Code M, produced by Juggernaut Productions, Jennifer played an Army lawyer, Monica Mehra. She is chosen to solve the death of an army officer and two militant suspects, killed in an encounter. However, while the case seems like an open and shut one, it gets murkier as she unfolds it. Jennifer was lauded for the series and talks for the second season of the show has surfaced.
Parth Samthaan as Nawab in Mai Hero Boll Raha Hu
The chocolate boy of TV became a menacing gangster in his digital debut. Parth Samthaan, seen in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, broke his image with his first digital show Mai Hero Boll Raha Hu. Although, Parth was first seen in Kehne Ko Humsafar Hai, a show that streamed on ALTBalaji as well, his presence was more of a cameo. Mai Hero Boll Raha Hu marked his full-fledged digital debut. Produced by Juggernaut Productions, the show was set in the 90's era. It exposed the Mumbai underworld and chronicled the journey and rise of Parth Samthaan's character Nawab aka Hero. The show became one of the most-watched shows in the first week of its release.
Shaheer Sheikh as Veer Singh in Paurashpur
Conceptualized by Baljit Singh Chaddha, directed by Sachindra Vats and produced by Sachin Mohite under his production Jaasvand Entertainment, Paurashpur is a magnum opus project on ALTBalaji. Based in the medieval era, the show was a multi-starrer set in the fictional kingdom Paurashpur. Shaheer has earlier been a part of a mythological drama, so the genre was not alien to him. In his digital debut, he was seen playing Prince Veer Singh. Although his presence in the first season was mere of a few minutes, makers have bigger plans for his character in the second season. However, even in his minutes-long screen presence, Shaheer left such a great impact on the viewers, that we couldn't help but rejoice in his digital debut.
Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya as Chef Nithya Sharma in Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala
TV's dutiful bahu Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya shed her saree clad avatar for Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala, produced by Doris Dey & Suhail Zaidi. The series directed by Pradeep Sarkar saw Divyanka as Chef Nithya Sharma. The actress was seen in a completely different look. Her modernized, glam look was well received. The show was all about fate and how it brings ex-lovers Nithya, Indie Spice's head chef, and Vikram, a Michelin Star chef, together after 8 yrs. While the memories of the long-lost love return, it comes with the bitterness of the past. Divyanka was much loved and adored by her fans in the show.
Sakshi Tanwar as Dr. Tripurasundari "Tipsy" Nagrajan
One of the first shows that had hit on ALTBalaji was Balaji Telefilms’ Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat. The show marked the debut of both Sakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor – TV's one of the most adored on-screen couples. Sakshi played Dr. Tripurasundari Nagrajan, a de-addiction therapist. The basic premise of the romantic drama was how two opposites attract each other. Ram and Sakshi's matured chemistry was loved so much on the show that it ran for three seasons.
And finally, the much-awaited debut, of Sidharth Shukla!
Fans cant wait for heartthrob Sidharth Shukla's digital debut with the 3rd season of one of the OTT platform's most popular show, Broken But Beautiful. The teaser and trailer have broken the internet, leaving everyone wanting more. The show is set to release on May 29th!