Indian Television has proven to be very lucky for Bollywood as it has not only given us some of the most beautiful and talented actresses, but it also gave us these hunks. Here’s the list of 10 Actors who paved their way from TV to Bollywood. These talented men have made a big name for themselves in Indian Cinema now-
10. Rajeev Khandelwal
Rajeev Khandelwal turned many eyeballs when he made his debut with the show Kahiin To Hoga. He became a hot favorite on the small screen with other shows like Time Bomb 9/11, Left Right Left. In the year 2008, he made his film debut with Aamir, which proved to be a turning point in his career. Since then, he has appeared in Shaitan, Soundtrack, Table No.21, Samrat & Co, Fever etc.
9. Pulkit Samrat
The Fukrey boy Pulkit is a well-known name in B-Town now, but did you know that he appeared on the small screen before getting into movies? He made his acting debut with Ekta Kapoor’s famous show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. In 2012, he made his Bollywood debut with Bittoo Boss and then appeared in Fukrey, which won him recognition.
8. Ayushmaan Khurrana
Before making it big in Bollywood, Ayushmann was an RJ for BIG FM. He became the winner of Roadies 2 and moved on to become a VJ on MTV. Ayushmann even did serious theatre for five years. After hosting many famous shows like India’s Got Talent, MTV Rock On, Just Dance, he made his Bollywood debut with Vicky Donor. He has not looked back since then!
7. Ronit Roy
Famous for playing characters like K D Pathak, Rishabh Bajaj, Mihir Virani, Neil Khanna and Aparajit Deb, Ronit Roy is another success story of transition from TV to Bollywood. He often referred as the ‘Amitabh Bachchan of Small Screen’. Ronit made his Bollywood debut with Jaan Tere Naam in 1992 and has worked in many successful ventures like Udaan, Luck by Chance, Student of the Year, Shootout at Wadala, Ugly, Two States.
6. R. Madhavan
Madhavan began his acting career with television shows like Banegi Apni Baat, Yule Love Stories, Banegi Apni Baat, Ghar Jamai, Saaya. He got his breakthrough in Hindi cinema with a small role in Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin. His first Tamil film Alaipayuthey got him noticed and he appeared in many other Tamil, Kannada films. His first lead role in a Hindi film was in Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein.
5. Manish Paul
Manish Paul started out as a Radio Jockey with Radio City and VJ with Zee Music before he moved to acting in daily soaps. His first break was hosting Sunday Tango. He gained popularity for hosting shows like Saa Ree Gaa Maa Paa Chhote Ustaad, Dance India Dance Li’l Masters, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. He acted in many serials like Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi, Zindadil, Ssshhhh…Phir Koi Hai, Kahani Shuru with Love Guru before making his Bollywood debut with Mickey Virus.
4. Aditya Roy Kapur
Aditya started his career as a VJ on Channel V where he was known for his curly hair and his comic timing. He made his film debut in 2009 with a minor role in London Dreams. Next, he appeared in films like Action Replayy, Guzaarish. His first lead role in Aashiqui 2 proved to be a turning point in his career.
3. Sushant Singh Rajput
A DTU dropout Sushant started his career with television serials, out of which Pavitra Rishta happens to be the most recognized. He won many awards for this show. He also participated in Zara Nachke Dikha 2 and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4. He made his Bollywood debut in Kai Po Che! and has established himself as a talented actor in just a few years.
2. Irrfan Khan
National Award Winner Irrfan Khan has acted in numerous television serials including Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta, Shrikant, AnooGoonj, Star Bestsellers and Sparsh. He was also an active member of theatre. His cameo in Salaam Bombay! proved to be a game changer and his lead role in The Warrior made him a known face. His first Bollywood lead role came in 2005 with the film Rog.
1. Shah Rukh Khan
The King Khan was also once a part of Indian Television. He grew up Delhi, acted in stage plays and was known for his imitations of Bollywood actors. He appeared in serials like Dil Dariya, Fauji, Circus, Idiot, Umeed, Wagle Ki Duniya. His film debut was Deewana in 1992, for which he earned the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. He gained a lot of appreciation for his roles in Darr and Baazigar, which established him as a superstar in the making.