magic can't be recreated. For small screen stars it is a feat next to
impossible. Once they have won hearts living a screen character for
weeks/months (and if lucky, may be years), and the show rolls off the
air waves, they can seldom walk into another role and find acceptance
with their audience.
Think Rajeev Khandelwal
, Eijaz Khan, Sushant Singh
Rajput, Karan Singh Grover, Harshad Chopra, Mishal Raheja
and now Barun Sobti
Prime time television's hottest heartthrobs who had an enviable fan
following, were unacknowledged superstars of the soapbox, gave up on
their shows when they (and even the show) were at the peak of
popularity, and are waiting patiently to recreate that mass hysteria
their sheer presence invoked once, without much success. Rajeev quit
Ekta Kapoor's epynomous show Kahin To Hoga
differences', and was replaced by another model-actor. The show shut
shop within months, and while Rajeev did go on to do a couple of TV
soaps (Time Bomb
and Left Right Left
), hosted a reality show (Sach Ka Samna
) and even made his debut in a critically acclaimed film (Aamir
), but four years down the line, he's still looking for "good work", after delivering a couple of flops.
Eijaz Khan was unluckier. After Kavya Anjali
wrapped up, Eijaz had hoped for a Bollywood
only his debut film got shelved. A disheartened Eijaz played the
baddie's side kick in a couple of south films, tried to make a half
hearted attempt at a comeback in a show that tanked within weeks of
Sushant, who was the utterly loveable Manav, the ideal son of Pavitra Rishta
quit his show because in his own words, he couldn't "identify" with the
character any more after playing it for two years and needed a "break"!
Of course he's pinning his hopes on Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che,
and has bagged a second lead role in Aamir Khan's PK
, but superstardom is quite a pipe dream for now!
Karan aka KSG, did a yo-yo from Bollywood to TV, back and forth. After a not so memorable debut in Bhram
, Delhi model-actor Karan cut his acting teeth in Parivar, Kasauti Zindagi Kay
and then landed the male lead's role in Dill Mill Gayye
a youthful medical romance where he played Dr. Armaan Mallik. It was a
show that catapulted Karan to dizzy heights of stardom overnight until
he left the show one and half years later for a six month break (spent
in trying a toehold in Bollywood films). When he returned, he was
welcomed back by his fans, but by thenDMG
had lost its spark and ended without even making much of an impact. Karan's back on television in Qubool Hai
as the angry young biz man, earnestly trying to find his slot back.
Harshad who was much loved as Prem (Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil
) and did his share of soaps (Tere Liye, Dharam Patni and Dil Se Di Dua...Saubhagyavati Bhav?
) is still trying to find "creative highs" after being Prem. Mishal Raheja who made Dattabhau's character in Lagi Tujh Se Lagan
extremely popular left the show reportedly due to 'internal politics' on the sets. Shabbir Ahluwalia
in his shoes, but the show went off air son enough. Mishal's currently
"reading film scripts" and will talk about the details "once" he's
"allowed" to (a popular line most actors use, which really means: he's
still waiting to be signed, because no film is made under so much
secrecy in Bollywood!).
The latest to join the list of hotties
on a "break mode" is Barun Sobti. After he announced that he was
planning a "longish break" from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
his millions of fans in a state of panic and heartbreak reportedly are
deluging the production house and Star Plus with requests to retain the
actor in the show and end it on a high note. May be, for Barun, being
Arnav Singh Raizada, the loving brother, ruthless biz tycoon and man in
love for one and half years isn't an easy job, because it means shooting
12-14 hours, but he needed to do a quick reality check too, because
small screen success seldom finds a repeat in Bollywood.
superstar from TV who has left his signature show to pursue bigger
dreams, had to either eat humble pie and return to the show, make
creative compromises and play lead (if lucky) in a smaller show on a
rival broadcast channel. Even Amar Upadhay
, TV's biggest star at one time is still remembered only as Mihir. Ronit Roy
and Ram Kapoor
TV's biggest stars at the moment are finely balancing movies with TV,
aware that the Hindi film industry is not receptive to TV stars, no
matter how big their stature is. It's better to reign in television and
be the king of hearts, then struggle for space in an industry where your
pedigree or alliance to top camps decide your future. TV superstars
have the power to make characters immortal, films give you a temporary
high, and more importantly, there's only one Shah Rukh Khan and he made
his debut in films, over two decades ago. The world of films and TV can
never merge and each has its own charm and power. It is up to the actors
to figure that out before they make professional mistakes!