A few years back and Bollywood celebrities producing a TV show would be highly unheard of, but as times change, so does the face of Indian television. Today, Indian television is known for producing shows on a large scale. That's why BollyCurry presents to you a list of actors and directors from B-Town who produced some amazing shows for television.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is best known for his extravagant sets and creating auras of celebration and fesitivity in his films. He has directed many critically acclaimed films such asHum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Devdas (2002), Black (2005) and Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013). As if Bollywood wasn't enough, television captured Bhansali's eye and he decided to produce Saraswatichandra on Star Plus (2013). Based on Govardhanram Tripathi's magnum opus, Saraswatichandra is television's most extravagant show of all times. The story is the tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers, Saraswatichandra and Kumud. Bhansali left no stone unturned to make this show a tremendous success; from costumes to star cast, he had it all. But, due to reasons unknown, Bhansali decided to opt out as a producer in mid August 2013.
Next up is Bollywood's Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan. Khan stepped into the world of television with Satyamev Jayate (2012), meaning 'truth alone prevails'. The show covered sensitive issues that are prevalent in India such as female foeticide, sexual abuse, dowry, domestic violence, alcoholism and much more. Satyamev Jayate, aired on both Star Plus and Doordarshan simultaneously, received extremely good reviews and feedback from both critics and the masses. Several politicians, social activists, and television and film personalities appreciated the show's concept. Due to an extremely well received season 1, Aamir Khan decided to return with a Season 2, which started on March 2nd, 2014. Aamir's wife, Kiran Rao, has been producing this show alongside him.
Next up on our list is Anil Kapoor. Kapoor has 35 years of experience in the film fraternity, nationally and internationally. Television is a fast growing industry and a medium of great potential. Kapoor too set his eyes on the industry and made a stellar entry with 24 on Colors TV. 24 is the Hindi version of the American television series based on the same name starring Kiefer Sutherland, Leslie Hope, and Sarah Clarke in major roles. 24's plotline revolves around a man with an army background who is torn between his duty to his country and his family. The show had a huge cast and was a hit amongst the public. This was the first time that a Bollywood star was playing a main lead for a television series. Due to the tremendous success of season 1,season 2 will soon follow.
Bollywood's Khiladi Akshay Kumar recently joined the bandwagon along with many other B-Town actors and directors that are producing a television show. Akshay produces Jamai Raja (2014) on Zee TV along with Ashwini Yardi. Jamai Raja stars Ravi Dubey and Nia Sharma in the lead roles. The show is based on how Siddharth (Ravi Dubey) tries to repair the estranged relationship between Roshini (Nia Sharma) and Durga Devi (Achint Kaur). The show is considered a fresh concept as it is the first time that a male takes on the role of a catalyst bridging gaps, rather than a female as is commonly seen on Indian television shows.
Last on our list we have Bollywood's Dream Girl, Hema Malini. Hema Malini joined forces with Mohan Raghavan to produce Matti Ki Banno (2010) for Colors TV. The show highlights the moral that a strong will and a clean heart is needed to overcome challenges. The story is about an orphaned girl Avanti, who has seen hardship her entire life and how she overcomes loneliness and later falls in love. It also brings forward many dark secrets from Vikram's (the man of her dreams) family and of Vikram himself. The show had a good run of 5 months.
As the divide between Tellywood and Bollywood slowly blurs and lessens, it only remains to be seen how many more Bollywood actors and directors take the plunge into television with new and unique concepts in an attempt to woo the masses. Here's wishing all the best to all those actors and directors who are thinking about taking this plunge and may this divide soon disappear.
Writer: Nisha M.
Editor(s): Shreya S. & Gunia M.
Graphics: Virina R.
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