What do Shaleen Malhotra, Rishabh Sinha, Vrinda Dawda, Charlie Chauhan and Karan Chhabra, have in common? All are reality TV stars who have made rapid inroads in daily soaps. From taking part in various genres of reality shows like adventure shows, relationship shows, et al these stars emerged as hotsteppers who have moved on to bag plum roles in daily shows.
Picture this. Shaleen Malhotra, after doingRoadies 4
got to play the lead in Har Yug Me Aaega Ek Arjun
, Rishabh Sinha post hisSplitsvilla 5
stint got to play second lead in Qubool Hai
, Vrinda Dawda who grabbed eyeballs with her stint in The Perfect Bride
is doing Dil Dosti Dance
. Not to mention, Charlie Chauhan who is wooing youngsters in Best Friends Forever?
after doing Roadies 7
. For that matter, Karan Chabbra, who is doing The Serial
after winning the reality show Superstud
So do reality show stints act as tickets to stardom in showbiz? Actor Karan Chhabra says, "Reality shows give you a lot of exposure, so many use them as platforms to become actors. Facing the camera becomes easy for people coming from reality shows owing to their prior experience, which gives them an advantage over freshers."
Actor Shaleen Malhotra, who made himself involved in the auditions of the next seasons of Roadies, bagged the title role in Har Yug Me Aaega Ek Arjun
. He says, "The character is every man's dream role. It has got all the ruggedness, action, stunts as well as emotions."
But it is not a cakewalk for every reality show contestant. Charlie, who tried to find some work to fulfill her dream of becoming an actor for two years after she did a reality show, finally landed one of the leads in BFF? apart from her reality stint Nach Baliye 5. She says, "Reality shows do give you fame. But the dynamics of TV soaps are different. There is lot of competition. One has to put in a lot of effort and go for a number of auditions till shortlisted."
But is it simpler for casting directors to cast reality show contestants for daily soaps? Producer Palki Malhotra of Dil Dosti Dance
(which stars a lot of Dance India Dance contestants), says, "The equations are different in a dance show. One needs to really spot the spark in a reality show star before casting in a daily show
because daily soaps are dealt with on a different scale altogether. How one fares on the acting front needs to be tested first."
If the script
finds a perfect fit in these stars, taking a big leap from reality shows to daily seems to be the order of the day.Other reality show stars who made it big in showbizKunwar Amarjeet Singh
Having bowled the audience over with his swift dance moves in Dance India Dance Season 2,
Amar let his talent do all the talking in the youth centric show fiction show Dil Dosti Dance.
Not to mention his oomph quotient.Pavitra Punia
Her stint in Splitsvilla Season 3
catapulted her to a new zone in showbiz which saw her made a foray into daily soaps like Love U Zindagi, Sawaare Sabke Sapne Preeto
and Hongey Judaa Na Hum
His dance moves while auditioning for DID Season 1, got Rithvik noticed as he went on to bag soaps like Bandini, Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani
and Pavitra Rishta
. He's going to host India's Best Dramebaaz
After Roadies 4
and Splitsvilla 1,
Vishal got to entertain his fans with shows Bhagyavidatha
,Rishton Se Badi Pratha
- Bhagwaan Shree Krishn
. After Bigg Boss 6
, he's now seen in Nautanki The Comedy Theatre