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Posted: 11 November 2012 at 8:03pm | IP Logged
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tv/Why-TV-actors-fail-to-make-it-big-in-second-innings/articleshow/17181854.cms

Why TV actors fail to make it big in second innings?

Somashukla Sinha Walunjkar, TNN | Nov 12, 2012, 12.00AM IST
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Why TV actors fail to make it big in second innings?
Barun Sobti has decided to quit 'Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon'
Sometimes 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 after 'creative 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 Bollywoodcareer, 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 airing.

Sushant, who was the utterly loveable Manav, the ideal son of Pavitra Rishta too 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 Kayand 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 stepped 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.

Every 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!

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Posted: 11 November 2012 at 8:22pm | IP Logged
I agree wid the tone of the article,,, bolly is nt a cup of cake fr evryone,,, its needs so many factors and imense luck factor. Bt I want to beilive in him his talent & choice. He wait fr it so long tyms. God bless him. No doubt he has the potentiality to do sumthing gd in bolly... Me to think he is far far actor prfrmar dan many knwn actors of bolly nowdays.

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Posted: 11 November 2012 at 9:45pm | IP Logged
I logged in to post this article. But you beat me to it Rosa. The article is pretty much right. But we know Mishal has shot for a movie. And I hope it works out for him. Its too early to pass a judgement on Mishal, Sushant or Barun.

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Posted: 11 November 2012 at 10:50pm | IP Logged
The article pretty much sums up things of the reality.   Its not a crime to dream, but one should also be in touch with reality.  Except for a few lucky ones majority of the tv stars never make it..  Mishal knows best whats good for him but i do strongly feel it should not become a case of "na ghar ka na ghat ka".   
Thanx sub rosa for posting the article.

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Posted: 11 November 2012 at 11:20pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by -bharti-

The article pretty much sums up things of the reality.   Its not a crime to dream, but one should also be in touch with reality.  Except for a few lucky ones majority of the tv stars never make it..  Mishal knows best whats good for him but i do strongly feel it should not become a case of "na ghar ka na ghat ka".   
Thanx sub rosa for posting the article.

@ bold ...agree with u completely ...i hope and pray that a talented actor like him doesn't get lost ..he should get his due ..he deserves it 

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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 9:39am | IP Logged
its a very honest article ...TV actors should be careful before switching to movies ..MR needs to think abt his future too

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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 10:11am | IP Logged
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thanks for the article ,its a sad fact today in movie industry its more abt the genes than talent ,tv actors need to think abt it & its no harm trying but should set a time period ,otherwise the popularity will fade & won't get work in tv too
MR lost the serial due to politics the sad part is reason was never out ,tv is as big as movie now a days MR should too keep this in mind

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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 10:31am | IP Logged
thanks for sharing rosa,  the news article maybe correct on many counts, it also says mishal is waiting for a role which is not correct as he's waiting for the release of his 1st movie, also he's done 2 hit serials where as the others only managed to do well in 1 and average in their others.  so on that thought we can hope it is misahl who is seeked for biggar projects in future. for tv or films, as nakusha said movies or tv they are just as popular these days. take irfan khan for instance he came from tv also and doing fairly well and in good films and he's not even hero material. but a good actor. IMO. MISHAL HAS A LOT TO GIVE.

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