It is rare to see television superstars succeed in movies. Of course, TV gave us Shah Rukh Khan! But we have had a history where small-screen heroes and heroines have failed to impress the audience with their stint on 70mm. In fact, many a times these actors received such lukewarm response to their Bollywood outings that they have returned back to the soaps or reality shows. However, in recent days there have been actors from the TV space, who have chosen wisely as far as their Bollywood ventures are concerned. Last year we saw Mouni Roy debut opposite Akshay Kumar in Reema Kagti’s Gold. The Naagin actress did not just look gorgeous, but did full justice to her character of a Bengali housewife. As a result, she also bagged some plum projects like Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt’s Brahmastra, Made In China with Rajkummar Rao and John Abraham starrer RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter). And this year we have some renowned faces from the television fraternity entering films.
Mouni’s ex-boyfriend, Mohit Raina was seen in Vicky Kaushal starrer Uri. While the Sanju actor played the central character in Aditya Dhar’s directorial based on India’s surgical strike on Pakistan, it was Raina’s character of Karan Kashyap that won over the critics and the audience. Mohit looked every bit like a military man and he played it quite casual and cool. Even in a supporting character role, Mohit Raina announced that he has arrived in the Hindi film industry.
Amongst the other TV stars who will be entering the movies this year is Sushant Singh Rajput’s ex-lover Ankita Lokhande. The Pavitra Rishta actress who played the demure housewife in Ekta Kapoor’s Zee TV show is ready to surprise her fans. Ankita Lokhande has been giving her fans a sneak peek at her fierce character in Manikarnika. While Kangana Ranaut is playing Rani Laxmibai. Ankita will essay the role of Jhalkari Bai, a woman warrior, who fought shoulder to shoulder with the Queen of Jhansi. This is again an unlikely debut for an actress, who has carried soap on her strong shoulders. It was also said that Ankita was in the running for Salman Khan’s Sultan. But looks like Kangana’s movie will finally mark the actress’ debut in movies.
While Sushant Singh Rajput and Rajeev Khandelwal were one of the first few actors, who ensured that the industry took notice of them. We also had the very talented Mrunal Thakur who choose a film like Love Sonia. Who can forget Radhika Madan’s transformation for Pataakha? And yes, Vikrant Massey is one of the few actors who is yet get his due in the industry. The Lootera actor has finally bagged a plum project like Chhapaak. Massey will be seen opposite Deepika Padukone in Meghna Gulzar’s next film based on an acid victim.
There have been some popular small screen stars, who entered movies in the last few years. However, their choices proved to be poor. Actors like Jai Bhanushali, Gurmeet Choudhary, Kritika Kamra, Jennifer Winget and Karan Singh Grover had much anticipated Bollywood debuts. But they failed to make an impact. While some continue to strive and try their luck in the movies, others have moved back to the TV space.
What’s great is though that most of these talents are no longer looking for a traditional launchpad and are willing to experiment. And Bollywood fans are welcoming them wide arms wide open.