is every aspiring actor's biggest dream but entry into
B-Town isn't easy. Sometimes, actors have to venture through other
mediums such as modelling and singing to obtain their long term goal.
Today BollyCurry presents to you a list of a few actors who started on
their career on television and as a result have achieved
critical and commercial success with their super-hit films and
established themselves in the Indian film industry.
on the list is the Baadshah Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, who is often
referred to as the King of Romance. The superstar started his career in 1988 with the super-hit acclaimed television series Fauji playing the lead role of Commando Abhimanyu Rai, which earned much appreciation and recognition for his performance.
He then went on to star in Aziz Mirza's television series Circus (1989-90) and Mani Kaul's
miniseries Idiot (1991). His appearance in these notable
television series and the comparison of his looks and acting style
with Dilip Kumar led to Khan's Bollywood debut with Deewana
(1992) opposite the late Divya Bharti and Rishi Kapoor. The film was
a box office hit and in no time, Khan became one of the top
established actors in the industry and an inspiration for all young
actors on television.
on the list we have none other than the recipient of several awards,
including a National Film Award, Vidya Balan. The beautiful Balan
started her career in the super-hit television series Hum Paanch
playing the role of a deaf, intelligent and nerdy girl, Radhika, who had
eye sight and was always breaking things, sometimes in the most
impossible ways possible. Although her role was well
received by the audience and was quite popular, Balan struggled to go
mainstream and so tried her luck with regional cinema and starred in
Goutam Halder's Bengali
drama, Bhalo Theko (2003). Post this, the talented star finally debuted in Hindi cinema with Pradeep Sarkar's musical drama Parineeta
opposite Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt. Her performance was highly
praised by critics and by the end of 2009, with the release of R.
Balki's Paa, Balan
reached the height of success and no doubt today she is one of the
best actresses we have in the industry who can pull off any role with
Khan is the next celeb on our list who is known for his work
internationally and has earned lots of critical acclaim with his
outstanding performance in award winning films. The versatile actor
started his career with numerous television series such as Chanakya,
Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara
Jahan Hamara, Banegi
Apni Baat, Chandrakanta
on Dhoordarshan, and in some episodes of Star Bestsellers
on Star Plus. After struggling in Hindi cinema with some
unnoticed work in films, Khan was offered the lead role in The
Warrior (2001), which opened in
International film festivals, finally making Khan a known face. Today,
he is one of the few super-successful established actor in Bollywood who's
known for his versatility and much sought after in the West too having starred in huge projects such as Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
The beautiful Yami Gautam was a pretty
popular face on television. The ravishing star started her career
with a minor role in Chand Ke Paar Chalo,
followed by Raajkumar Aaryyan
and her most notable work as the lead actress in Yeh Pyar Na
Hoga Kam on Colors TV. After her
successful stints on television, Gautam appeared in the Kannada film,
Ullasa Utsaha in 2011.
Although the film failed to impress the audience and her performance
received mixed reviews, the dazzling star came to John Abraham's
notice who then cast her in his first production venture, Vicky Donor
(2012). The film received an overwhelmingly positive response from
critics and did wonders at the box office too. Although the pretty
lady is just two films old, she already has some high-profile projects in her
kitty and has established herself as one of the most promising
but not the least, we have another star who's just two films old but
has stolen our hearts and has some big projects in his hands! Yes,
we're talking about none other than Sushant Singh Rajput who started
his career with Ekta Kapoor's popular serial Kis Desh Mein
Hai Mera Dil as Preet Juneja, a
fun loving and childish guy who slowly matures over time. In 2009, Rajput starred in Pavitra Rishta and played the role of Manav, a mature and
hard-working guy who works as a mechanic to support his
family financially. The handsome Rajput quit the serial in 2011 to pursue a
film-making course. After auditioning for Abhishek Kapoor's Kai
Po Che!, Rajput bagged the role
of one of the three leads. The film released in 2013 and was well
received by the audience and critics. Rajput has now established himself as one of the most
inspiring actor of the new generation who has managed to do
extremely well starting from television and is the current inspiration for
other telly actors.
Others stars who started their career on television but have earned immense love and appreciation from Tinsel Town too include: Prachi Desai, Ram Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Pankaj Kapoor, Rajeev Khandelwal and Siddharth Shukla amongst many more.
path from television to films is not a smooth one but the above stars
have proved to us that it's possible and have continued to entertain us
day in and day out. Let us know below
who your favourite star from our list is or did we miss your
Writer: Alina S.
Editor(s): Shreya S. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Shikha A.
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