When Amitabh Bachchan hosted Kaun Banega Crorepati, people, including biggest of Bollywood stars, saw it as a huge step down in his career. But the success the show saw made everyone sit back and take television seriously.
The scenario today, as we can see, has changed drastically. Television is no longer the backup career for Bollywood actors, but a very profitable alternative to doing films and endorsements. Talking about endorsements, there were times when actors considered acting for advertisements an insult to their status too, but that has changed, what with actors making nothing less than a crore for a 30-second commercial.
Coming back to actors hosting television shows, the recent buzz in the industry about Salman Khan making Rs 5 Crore for each Bigg Boss episode shows the extent to which television has grown today and the demand it has for Bollywood actors.
Following Amitabh Bachchan, many actors who were in the peak of their career started doing television shows and not just the ones who wanted to start afresh. Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar and many more tried their hands in hosting shows on TV, and many attained spectacular success from each of them.
Here are some of the Bollywood actors who "tried" their hand in television.
Salman Khan is now the highest paid television host with a whopping Rs 5 crores per Bigg Boss episode.
Amitabh Bachchan, as said before, was the first popular Bollywood actor who did a television show, Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Karan Johar, Bollywood director hosted the very popular Star World show Koffee With Karan.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra
Shilpa Shetty's life changed after she did the Big Brother. Later, she hosted the Indian version of the show Bigg Boss.
Shahrukh Khan tried his hand in three television shows, Kaun Banega Crorepati, Zor Ka Jhatka and Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?
Abhay Deol is hosting a show on Zee TV Connected Hum Tum.
Raveena Tandon hosted a show on NDTV, Isi Ka Naam Zindagi.
Akshay Kumar hosted two show, Khatron Ke Khiladi and Masterchef India.
Farhan Akhtar hosted the show Oye It's Friday, but it went off air soon after.
Sherlin Chopra is hosting the MTV's reality show Splitsvilla.
Ok, agreed he is not a full fledged Bollywood actor, but he has acted in a few. Also he is very popular for hosting MTV's Roadies.
Farooq Sheikh hosted Zee TV's Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai.
Preity Zinta hosted a show on UTV called, Up Close And Personal With PZ.
Madhuri Dixit hosted India's first matrimonial show, Kahi Na Kahi Koi Hai.