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Television industry might be considered a smaller industry compared to films, but it has proved time and again that it has a wider-reach. Not to forget, small screen gives popularity to talents in a very short time and makes an actor, a star overnight. Though remuneration is less in the industry, it becomes a platform for budding actors.
For many it is a good stage to showcase their acting abilities to the world. We could see a lot of stars today, who started their acting career in television serials, moved towards films and became stars. Take for an example of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan. He worked in television serials like Circus in the late 1980s. Today, he is one of the biggest stars in Indian films!
Well, it is not only about actors becoming film stars, but there are also people from other departments like direction, cinematography, etc., where people have become famous in films after working in small screen. For example, successful directors like Yogaraj Bhat and Suri were working for a few television serials before venturing into films.
By now, it is clear that television industry is not small as it has the potential to make stars. Now, let us see some of the popular names in Sandalwood who started their career in small screen industry.
Prakash Rai, who rechristened himself as Prakash Raj after moving to other industries, was a well-known face on television. He had worked in popular TV show Guddada Bhutha. He was also seen in Bisilu Kudure.
He later took up supporting roles in Kannada films like Raamachari, Nishkarsha and Lockup Death. His unique dialogue delivery style and mannerism were noticed by K Balachander. And he entered other language movies. He did not taste success in his attempts to become a hero, but became a star in negative roles. Today, he is one of the most sought after supporting actors in South films.
Ramesh Aravind started his career with television show Parichaya. Like Prakash Raj, his talent was also recognised by K Balachander. He made his debut in Sundara Swapnagalu and he never looked back.
Life was not a bed of roses for Darshan, the son of veteran actor Tugudeepa Srinivas. Even though he had a filmy background, he did not get opportunity to become a hero. He worked as an assistant to few directors before making his debut in small screen.
He was seen in popular serials like Ambika, Srimathi and Vaishnavi. He made his debut in films in Majestic, which changed his life forever.
Ganesh had worked in a few television serials like Paapa Pandu. He had also worked as an assistant director to B Suresha. He became a popular name with sleeperhit Mungaru Male, thereby earning stardom overnight in Sandalwood.
Rocking Star Yash, whose star image is growing with each films, had worked in Nanda Gokula and Uttarayana. He always wished to make it big in films.
Yash made his acting debut in Shashank's Moggina Manasu. Not only as a lover boy, but also as an action hero, he has won the audience heart.
Radhika Pandit is yet another face from television industry who has become very popular in films. In fact, she is the next Kannada-based actress after Golden Girl Ramya to have earned a stardom in Sandalwood.
Duniya Vijay had dreams to work in films. He had acted in miniature roles in some serials including Paapa Pandu. Now, he is one of the busiest actors in Kannada.
Meghana Gaonkar, who has become a household name with superhit movie Charminar starring Prem Kumar, is a well-known face for television audience.
She was anchoring shows like Kuniyona Baara, Dishum Dishum and Preethiya Kannadiga.
Harshika Poonachha has an interesting journey. She started her acting in a movie named PUC at the age of 18. Later, she took up anchoring assignments for television shows like Nimmindha Nimagaagi, Hrudayadinda and Sarigamapa television reality show. Now, she has become one of the promising actors in Kannada films.
Malayalai girl Parvathi Menon was a successful television anchor in Kiran TV, a full-time music channel based in Thiruvananthapuram. She was famous for her phone-in-programs.
She started her acting career with Malayalam movie Out of Syllabus. She entered Kannada films with Milana. Parvathi Menon has also acted in Sandalwood movies Prithivi and Andar Bahar.
Srinagar Kitty was a well-known face on small screens. He used to anchor some shows and was part of some serials like Chandrika, Preethigagi, Ananda Sagara, Mane Mane Kathe, etc.
He started his careers in films as a villain in Chandra Chakori directed by S Narayan. He made his debut as a hero in Giri. He has featured in above 10 films in the lead role and he is one of most sought after actors in Sandalwood.