Though TV is considered as an “Idiot Box”, it can also be considered as a potential medium through which you can showcase your talent. If spotted at the right time and right place, then your luck will be change overnight and you might be the next SUPERSTAR.
Few were lucky to make it big in the tinsel town but others failed to make it through. Let us look at the successful careers who graduated to become a Bollywood celebrity :-
Shah Rukh Khan
Probably the best example of a TV actor turning his dream into reality – Sharukh Khan needs no introduction. The brilliant actor started his career in a TV serial Fauji and Circus. It was Hema Malini who spotted the actor and gave him a chance to work in her directorial debut “Dil Aashna Hai“, though his first commercial success came with Deewana for which he won the best debut award at Filmfare.
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After appearing in three music videos for Pankaj Udhas, Euphoria, and Shubha Mudgal, Vidya Balan appeared in two TV serials Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Hum Paanch’, and Ashok Pandit’s ‘Hanste Khelte’ which gave her platform to show her talent. She finally grabbed her big opportunity in Pradeep Sarkar’s Parineeta after completing nearly 90 TV ads.
Starting his career as a winner of Roadies 2 and then as Television Anchor in Pepsi MTV Wassup and The Voice of Youngistaan, Ayushmann Khurrana made his film debut in Shoojit Sircar’s unusual romantic comedy Vicky Donor in 2012. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Khurrana received acclaims for his performance.
Ram Kapoor started his acting with the television serial Nyay in 1997 but gained immense popularity as Jay Walia in Kasamh Se and as Mr. Ram Kapoor in Bade Ache Lagte Hain. He played pivotal roles in several films like Monsoon Wedding, Udaan, Student of the Year, Mere Dad ki Maruti and Humshakkals.
Sushant Singh Rajput
It was a dream come through for Sushant Singh Rajput, when he was offered a key role in the movie Kai Po Che directed by Abhishek Kapoor which was adapted from Chetan Bhagat‘s novel, The 3 Mistakes of My Life. Since then he has launched himself to soaring new heights in the film industry. He went on to star in the romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) and played the legendary detective in the thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015) followed by biopic drama on cricketer Dhoni, M.S.Dhoni : The Untold Story in 2016. In 2019, he was seen in Nitesh Tiwari’s super-hit Chhichhore.
A graduate from National School Of Drama, Irrfan Khan debuted with Mira Nair’s Oscar nominated film, Salaam Bombay!, though his scenes never made it to final cut. Irrfan Khan got inspired from Rajesh Khanna and started his acting career with Doordarshan’s Laal Ghaas Par Neele Ghode. Though he acted in few films, Star Bestsellers along with spate of DD National shows including Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta, Shrikant and The Great Maratha, Irrfan success came with Asif Kapadia’s The Warrior, Road To Ladakh and Vishal Bharwaj’s critically acclaimed, Maqbool