Big leap – Small Screen to Silver Screen


Who doesn’t want to grow in life, to be a little more successful than the day before? And TV stars wanting to go big are no different either. While most fail to make it BIG and crash into the ocean of reality, there are some who live the dreamy fairytale of the Tinsel town.

Here is a list of actors who dared to take the big leap.

Fauji to being a Badshah: SRK

Shah Rukh Khan who stated his career as Abhimanyu Rai in the television series Fauji later became the King Khan of Bollywood. With his anti-hero roles and his all-time famous K..K..Kiran in the in initial stages of his career drove Bollywood crazy. Now known as the king of romance in Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan is considered to be one of the most successful film stars in the world.


Queen Bee of Bollywood- Bidddda

Remember that mother coaxing her daughter to shampoo her head or the bespectacled sibling in the hit TV serial Hum Paanch! Known for her rustic aura and demeanor, Vidya Balan is the iconic picture of graceful struggles faced with dignity. From then to now, Vidya has transformed from a bucolic woman of strength to a classy, sensational actress with flurry of hit sin her kitty.


The Idiot: R Madhavan

Madhavan is a rank outsider when it comes to movies. His career took from making a hay out of roles in Banegi Apni  Baat, Saaya, Sea Hawks and Ghar Jamai. And then came the big break in the form of Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthey, or the original version of Saathiya! His list of successful films include Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, Guru, 3 Idiots and Tanu Weds Manu.


The Aryan Puttar: Ayushmann Khurrana

The actor with a cool bag of talents started his career with reality TV series- Roadies.Unlike the previous winner like Rannvijay, who also tried his luck with movies, Ayushmann is now an established actor, singer and event host. Marking his debut with Vicky Donor for which he crooned too, the lady’s man has had a dreamy run at the Box-Office so far, with Dum Laga Ke Haisha surprising everyone.


Desi Romantic Bacha: Sushant Singh Rajput

It sure took him a lot of courage to give up the role that was known in every household. The most desirable beta/pati from Pavitra Rishta television series made a great start at Bollywood with his notable performance in Kai Po Che. With all his movies doing well at the box office so far, the young actor is on the go.

And now he is all set to dazzle the screen playing India’s Poster Boy- MSD.


Cuteness Galore: Hansika Motwani

Most 90’s kids were fond of young Hansika in Shaka Laka Boom Boom. Despite cute looks that was last seen in kid-friendly movie- Koi Mil Gaya, Hansika made a bomb out of her career by choosing all the wrong movies in Bollywood. Down South, she is still a big name though.


Boy Next Door to Iron Man:Karan Singh Grover

Still crazy about Dr. Armaan Malik in Dill Mill Gayye and Asad in Qubool Hai, the actor had an extremely successful television career when he decided to give up on his television career for Bollywood. After two failed attempts, he finally got lucky with his third movie Alone(not just professionally).


Master Craftsman: Irrfan Khan

What began as a humble appearance in TV serial- Bharat Ek Khoj, Irrfan is an epitome of professional brilliance mixed with personal charm. He worked in a large number of television series before making his silver screen debut with Salaam Bombay.And now with Life of Pi, Piku and Talvar in his bag of hits, Irrfan is gunning for bigger hits internationally.


The Fiery Lady: Yami Gautam

The beautiful actress got noticed through her television serials Chand Ke Paar Chalo and Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam. Her Bollywood debut Vicky Donor was both a critical and commercial success, sealing her fate in Bollywood.


Voice to Die For: Rajiv Khandelwal

The actor instantly rose to fame with his television debut Kahiin to Hoga. Though he has been continually appreciated by the critics for his movies right since he made a Bollywood debut with Aamir, he is yet to make a box office hit.


A few more who tried their luck at the silver screen were Pulkit Samrat, Gracy Singh, Shekar Suman, Pankaj Kapoor, Vatsel Seth, Ayesha Takia, Rupa Ganguly, Manish Paul, Barun Sobti, Jai Bhanushali, Prachi Desai, Aditya Roy Kapoor and his brother Kunnal, and R Madhavan. A few were successful, a few failed and a few returned to television. Nevertheless, they tried.




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