TV actors who went the Bollywood way

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Kapil is not the only TV actor to try his hands at Bollywood, there are many celebs from the small screen who have either left television for making a career in Bollywood or worked in both the mediums simultaneously. Here are a few TV actors who went the Bollywood way:

Shah Rukh Khan© India Today Shah Rukh Khan Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan is the biggest success story of a television actor making it big in films. From a small-time TV actor to becoming the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh’s story inspires many actors of small screen. The actor started his career in TV series like Fauji, Circus, Doosra Keval and Wagle Ki Duniya and then made his Bollywood debut in Deewana oppsite Divya Bharti and as they say, the rest is history. There was no looking back for the actor after that.

Vidya Balan (picture courtesy: Viral Bhayani)© India Today Vidya Balan (picture courtesy: Viral Bhayani) Vidya Balan

After SRK, Vidya Balan is another actor who starter her career on small screen and became a known name in Hindi film industry. Her journey – from playing a geeky Radhika in Hum Paanch to Silk Smitha in Dirty Picture has been phenomenal.

Sushant Singh Rajput (Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah)© India Today Sushant Singh Rajput (Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah) Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput became a household name with his portrayal of Manav in Pavitra Rishta. The actor was doing very good when he decided to quit the popular daily soap and started his Bollywood journey with Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che. The actor got rave reviews for his performance in all his films – from Kai Po Che, Shuddh Desi Romance to Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. We can’t wait to watch him in the upcoming biopic of MS Dhoni.

Rajeev Khandelwal (Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah)© India Today Rajeev Khandelwal (Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah) Rajeev Khandelwal

Rajeev Khandelwal had a successful start in the world of television with Kahiin To Hoga. He became a television heartthrob and enjoyed a huge female fan following. The actor soon tried his hands at Bollywood and debuted with Aamir Khan. The film and Rajeev’s performance both were critically appreciated. He was then seen in Shaitan which was also a critically-acclaimed film. But after that Rajeev hit a bad patch with films like Soundtrack , Will You Marry Me? and Table No. 21. Rajeev made his comeback on television with Sony TV’s Reporters.

Pulkit Samrat (Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah)© India Today Pulkit Samrat (Picture courtesy: Yogen Shah) Pulkit Samrat

Pulkit Samrat played Lakshya Virani in Ekta Kapoor’s Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. He made his Bollywood debut with Bittoo Boss and then did films like Fukrey, Dolly Ki Doli and Bangistan. Pulkit will be seen in Sanam Re opposite Yami Gautam.

Aamna Sharif (Picture courtesy: Twitter)© India Today Aamna Sharif (Picture courtesy: Twitter) Aamna Sharif

Aamna Sharif began her television career with Ekta Kapoor’s Kahiin To Hoga opposite Rajeev Khandelwal and soon became a household name as Kashish. She made her Bollywood debut with Aloo Chaat opposite Aftab Shivdasani but the film was a dud at the box office. Aamna then made a comeback to television with the show Honge Judaa Na Hum. She also played a small role in Ek Villain.

Anita Hassanandani (Picture courtesy: Instagram)© India Today Anita Hassanandani (Picture courtesy: Instagram) Anita Hassanandani

Anita Hassanandani worked on TV shows like Kabhii Sautan Kabhii Sahelii, Kavyanjali and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Her close friend Ekta Kapoor gave her a break in Bollywood with the 2003 thriller Kucch To Hai. The film failed at the Box Office. She worked in films like Yeh Dil, Koi Aap Sa, Just Married but her Bollywood career never really took off. She’s currently doing Star Plus’ popular show Yeh Hai Mohabbatein and Comedy Nights Bachao on Colors.

Ayushmann Khurrana (Picture courtesy: Facebook)© India Today Ayushmann Khurrana (Picture courtesy: Facebook) Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana started his television career as a VJ after winning MTV Roadies season 2. His debut film Vicky Donor was a big hit. He failed to win the viewers in Bewakoofiyaan and Hawaizaada but again tasted success with Yash Raj Films’ Dum Laga Ke Haisha opposite Bhumi Pednekar.

Surveen Chawala (Picture courtesy: Twitter)© India Today Surveen Chawala (Picture courtesy: Twitter) Surveen Chawla

Surveen played Charu in Kahiin To Hoga and Kasak in Kasautii Zindagii Kay. She made her Bollywood debut in Hate Story 2. The actor went all out to make sure her film debut grabs maximum eyeballs. From donning a bikini to steamy scenes with Jay Bhanushali, Surveen did it all.

Gurmeet Choudhary (Picture courtesy: Facebook)© India Today Gurmeet Choudhary (Picture courtesy: Facebook) Gurmeet Choudhary

Gurmeet shot to fame as Lord Rama in NDTV Imagine’s Ramayan. He then did popular soaps like Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi and Punar Vivah. He was also the winner of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 5 and a runner up of Nach Baliye 6. He got a break in Bollywood by Vishesh Films in supernatural horror Khamoshiyan. The film did well at the box office. There are reports that Gurmeet will soon be soon on small screen in a show titled Swadhinta.

Jay Bhanushali (Picture courtesy: Facebook)© India Today Jay Bhanushali (Picture courtesy: Facebook) Jay Bhanushali

Jay Bhanushali never quit TV for big screen and did films along with working on small screen. He made his Bollywood debut in Hate Story 2 and then did Desi Kattey and Ek Paheli Leela. Jay became popular after he played the role of Neev Shergill in daily soap Kayamath. He is currently hosting Dance India Dance season 5.

Amit Sadh (Picture courtesy: Twitter)© India Today Amit Sadh (Picture courtesy: Twitter) Amit Sadh

Amit Sadh became popular as Aditya from Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr and also did reality show Bigg Boss. Sadh made his film debut in Kai Po Che and got rave reviews for his role in the film. He also did Guddu Rangeela film which was a flop.

Prachi Desai (Picture courtesy: Milind Shelte)© India Today Prachi Desai (Picture courtesy: Milind Shelte) Prachi Desai

Prachi was known for her role as Bani in Kasamh Se. She left the serial when she was offered a role in Rock On. She did movies like Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Bol Bachchan and I, Me Aur Main. She will soon be seen in Rock On 2 and Azhar.

Yami Gautam (Picture courtesy: Instagram)© India Today Yami Gautam (Picture courtesy: Instagram) Yami Gautam

Yami Gautam made her TV debut with Chand Ke Paar Chalo and then did popular show Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam. She hit a jackpot with her debut film Vicky Donor and then did Action Jackson and Badlapur. She will next be seen in Sanam Re opposite Pulkit Samrat.

Ram Kapoor (Picture courtesy: Facebook)© India Today Ram Kapoor (Picture courtesy: Facebook) Ram Kapoor

Ram Kapoor is a very popular television actor and has done popular shows like Ghar Ek Mandir, Kasamh Se and Bade Acche Lagte Hain. The actor has been doing films since 2000. He has done roles in films like Monsoon Wedding, Udaan, Humshakals, Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Student Of The Year.

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TV actors who went the Bollywood way

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