TV actors finally crossover into Bollywood!

There was a time when TV actors found it hard to establish a foothold among the stars of Bollywood, but the tide has turned and the likes of Prachi Desai and Sushant Singh Rajput have blazed a trail in filmdom.

Monday, June 17, 2013 | 6:35:35 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)   |  Copyright: IANS  |  Comments 64 Comments  |  18230 Views

There was a time when TV actors found it hard to establish a foothold among the stars of Bollywood, but the tide has turned and the likes of Prachi Desai and Sushant Singh Rajput have blazed a trail in filmdom.

Here's looking at actors who have lately made the crossover without tripping over their ambitions.

Sushant Singh Rajput: He was a household name on television with his lover boy's act in in "Pavitra Rishta", in which he formed a long-term rishta, pavitra one hopes, with his co-star Ankita Lokhande. Sushant got a dream break on the large-screen in Abhishek Kapoor's "Kai Po Che!".

He has a strong follow-up with Yash Raj Film's "Shuddh Desi Romance", being directed by Maneesh Sharma. But he must guard against excessive hype and publicity.


Vidya Balan: So far the only television female actor to crossover into celluloid superstardom, Vidya started her career as the mousy sibling in Asok Saraf and Priya Tendulkar's wacked-out family on "Hum Paanch". She makes the right bold career choices.


Ayushmann Khurrana: Television anchor Ayushmann made a brilliant crossover from home medium to cinema with "Vicky Donor". He has a Yash Raj Film and Aditya Chopra is raving about him. But his second film "Nautanki Saala" was a bit of a bummer and apparently he has acquired the reputation of being too big for his boots.



Prachi Desai: From being Balaji Telefilms' blue-eyed babe, Prachi made it to the big screen with "Rock On" and "Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai". She has been in a number of successful films since her debut and is known to be professional and dependable but has too sober an image. More the-girl-next-door than the babe on the beach. In fact, all television actresses come with a conservative image to cinema, which they find hard to break.


Rhehaan Khan: A.K.A. Gaurav Chanana. Shot to fame as Dr Mihir Mishra in the medical soap "Sanjeevani". Took a long break, made a few errors of judgement regarding his film career and returned on the big screen with renewed confidence as Preity Zinta's 'other' in "Ishkq In Paris".

Though the film tanked, Preity has super confidence in Rhehaan. She has offered him another production. His earlier films "Woh Tera Naam Ttha" and "Kajrare" were disasters and so is "Ishkq In Paris".

Pulkit Samrat: Shot to fame as Lakshya Virani in the long-running soap 'Kyunki...Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi". He is backed by the biggest Bollywood names from Farhan Akhtar to Salman Khan, but he made a disastrous movie debut in "Bittoo Boss". Pulkit gets a new lease of screen life in "Fukrey".

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  • Posted on: 19 June 2013 at 4:06ammayusushita

    All d best fr ur next movie sushant u r a superb actor and u and ankita r a perfect couple

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  • Posted on: 18 June 2013 at 9:08pmFireLordPhoenix

    Vidya is a terrific actress! I hope Sushant achieves more success, he's a superb actor.

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  • Posted on: 18 June 2013 at 11:41amAnitaholic

    Wheres anita Hassanandani anyway prachi desai rocked as Bani!!!




  • Posted on: 18 June 2013 at 1:50amVishakaGal12

    Surprising article as they did not even mention actors like SRK who is the biggest superstar in the country ,also started his debut on tv for e.g Fauji . If we look in the past ,we also have actors like Irrfan Khan who has established himself as one of the most versatile and powerful actor, Gracy Singh ,R.Madhavan ,Ram Kapoor, Ronit Roy,Yami Gautam,Rajeev Khandelwal amongst the others. I think the person whom I consider relevant is only Vidya Balan. But wishing Sushant Singh Rajput ,Ayushmann Khuranna ,Prachi Desai all the very best..looking forward to see you all in the next project.

    Edited on:18 June 2013 at 1:54am

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  • Posted on: 18 June 2013 at 1:46amsobtiarnav456

    it is so sad Barun name is not there but i am sure in next list his name will surely there and at first..

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  • Posted on: 18 June 2013 at 1:29amboyznaka

    What an awfully written article! Don't know/care whether those actors will make it to BW or not, but pretty sure this writer won't make it far in journalism.
    "His earlier films 'Woh Tera Naam Ttha' and 'Kajrare' were disasters and so is 'Ishkq In Paris.'"
    Really? That is how you talk of people whose status on having eaten a banana or not decides your pay?

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  • Posted on: 18 June 2013 at 12:31ampinkyankita

    ALL the best Sushant!!!!!!!!.eagerly waiting for ur movie " Shudh desi romance..Love u Ankita...

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  • Posted on: 17 June 2013 at 11:47pmAsha_AshVik

    Sushant Singh Rajput, Ankita Lokhande, love u people!!! :)

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  • Posted on: 17 June 2013 at 10:51pmdivya17.8

    all the best sushant.. u rock.. love you...

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  • Posted on: 17 June 2013 at 9:14pm-purnima-

    Quite surprising article as it doesn't mention actors like Rajeev khandelwal, SRK, if we go little back even Irfaan Khan, R. Madhavan... they also started from TV... why they have been missing in the list...

    No personal offences but I personally feel its too early to rate Sushant, Ayushman, Pulkit as a successful transitions as they are yet to make a mark...its just a beginning for them ... they have a long way ahead

    Among the list only Vidya Balan seems to be relevant.

    All the best to the actors who move over to Films...as its much easier for them, as cinema welcomes them more warmly & openly than earlier.

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