Off their launch pad
On the occasion of World Television Day, we remember five renowned Bollywood actors who successfully transitioned from TV to films
Television is one of the most influential forms of media for communication, entertainment and information dissemination. Every year World Television Day is observed in many places around the world on November 21 to spread awareness about the major role of television in presenting various issues that affect people. In the field of entertainment especially in Bollywood, television has given us some fine actors. Let’s take a look at a list of actors who started their careers with TV and went on to to flourish in Bollywood:
Shakrukh Khan aka SRK began his TV career with the show Fauji. The show gained immense popularity that led him to gain other television shows like Circus, Wagle Ki Duniya, and Idiot between the years 1988-1992. His appearances in these serials led critics to compare his look and acting style with that of the thespian Dilip Kumar. SRK's debut film was Deewana alongside Rishi Kapoor and late Divya Bharti. Since then there has been no looking back. Today SRK is tagged as the King of Bollywood and one of the most popular, loved actors of Bollywood.
Another Khan who was struggling to launch his career on television during early 1988 was Irrfan Khan. Irrfan started his television career with numerous TV shows such as Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta, Shrikant, AnuGoonj, Star Bestsellers, and Sparsh. His intense personality and deep eyes led him to bag his first film Salaam Bombay! followed by Ek Doctor Ki Maut and The Warrior. Since then there was no stopping this versatile actor who has given Indian audiences a taste of a different kind of cinema.
The beautiful actress Yami Gautam also started her career in the entertainment industry with TV shows. She acted in soap operas such as Chand Ke Paar Chalo, Raajkumar Aaryyan, Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam between 2008-09. Her performances in these TV shows led her to bag her first feature film Vicky Donor, a romantic comedy, with debutante Ayushmann Khurrana. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the film was released in 2012. It was well received by audiences and was a hit at the box office. The film went on to win a National Award for its bold and social content. Currently, Yami is awaiting her next release URI opposite Vicky Kaushal. The film is based on India's surgical strike.
Ayushmann Khurrana started his career in television with a stint on Channel V’s reality show Popstars in 2002. In 2004, Roadies changed his destiny as he won the show. The actor is now a popular face amongst the youngsters who followed Roadies back then. After working as an RJ and VJ, Ayushmann made an impressive debut with his first feature film Vicky Donor directed by Soojit Sircar. Coincidentally the film marked the debut of actress Yami Gautam. The movie became a major success at the box office. Today Ayushmann is considered to be one of the most intelligent actors in Bollywood who is delivering hit films one after the other.
Sushant Singh Rajput
The young actor Sushant Singh Rajput made an impressive TV debut with the popular show Pavitra Rishta in 2009. The show made him a household name and led him to win awards. Sushant made his Bollywood debut the film Kai Po Chhe for which he received critical acclaim as well as three Best Male Debut awards. The actor has since then worked in multiple films as the male lead and still going great guns. He also played the role of the cricket star is career includes one of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his biopic titled M.S.Dhoni - The Untold Story.