The big screen has lured many but how many actually succeed! After being washed off from the film industry, there have been many actors who have made their debut on television.
Take the case of Raqesh Vashisht who played the sweet ‘boy-next-door’ look in Tere Bin in 2001 and another couple of films, failed to make his mark in Bollywood. He then entered the Telly world with ‘Saat Phere’, ‘Maryada’ and the recent ‘Qubool Hai’.
Similar is the case of the popular TV actor Ronit Roy. He made his film debut in 1992 followed by a string of films where he went unnoticed. But his entry in television with his popular on-screen roles of Rishabh Bajaj and Mihir Viraani.
Film actor Armaan Kohli was seen last in the film ‘LOC Kargil’ in 2003 and Tanishaa was also written off by critics in all her films. Their stint on Big Boss raised their popularity.
Apurva Agnihotri, who made a dream debut with ShahRukh Khan in Pardes, tried his luck in a couple of films and then disappeared . He became quite popular in the TV serial ‘Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin’ as Armaan. He was also seen in ‘Big Boss 7’.
Avinash Wadhwan and Vivek Mushran, both prior actors in the 1990’s failed to grab the viewer’s eyeballs. Vivek entered the serial ‘Parvarish’ and Avinash is currently seen playing a father’s role in ‘Balika Vadhu’
Ayub Khan, despite having a ‘filmi’ background failed to gain success in the Bollywood industry with his initial solo-hero film in 1994. But he was seen in different side roles in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Gangaajal’ amongst others. However, he is currently seen in the long-running serial ‘Uttaran’.
Ruslaan Mumtaz and Nakuul Mehta are both young, familiar faces on television. Where Ruslaan made his debut in TV last year in ‘Kehta Hai Dil….’ after trying his best in Bollywood which didn’t do that well, Nakuul is popular as ‘Aditya’ in ‘Pyaar Ka Dard Hai….’. Nakuul had acted in a film ‘Haal-E-Dil’ in 2008 which flopped.
The latest sees Film actor Sahil Mehta who did a film ‘Love Express’ 3 years ago, now making his debut on TV with the serial “Suhaani Si Ek Ladki’!