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Famous TV actors who became successful in Bollywood – Here is a list of some evergreen entertainers who first won the audience with their performance on television and then went on to make it big in Bollywood

The COVID pandemic changed the way we worked. Most office going people are now working from home and the way we watched television has also changed. With the advancement in the technological world, there has been a dramatic shift to the OTT platforms and more and more stars are now switching to working on OTT platforms and engaging their audience. With cinema halls and theatres being shut down, series and movies on OTT platforms are the only way that the Bollywood stars can keep going and working. But there was a time when we would have to wait for our favourite movies to be telecast on television and keep aside our special days for special premieres.  OTT platforms of today have succeeded because the same hype gets built now for a new show, season or episode. So, It’s all back to the good old TV or the laptop/mobile for youngsters where the audiences are engaging more. With many hours of TV viewing every day for an average family, the TV shows and stars literally become part of their everyday life.  The same reason was behind the rise of many of our favourite TV actors to the now hugely successful B-town stars.Famous TV actors who became successful in Bollywood

Famous TV actors who became successful in Bollywood

Here is a list of all those famous Tv actors who made it big in Bollywood:

1. Shah Rukh Khan

No wonder that King Khan is on top of the list. Not many people are aware that before coming to Bollywood, King Khan, aka Shah Rukh Khan worked in the television industry in the 1980s. Shah Rukh Khan appeared in many television series including the one directed by Raj Kumar Kapoor, namely Fauji. Shah Rukh Khan also worked in Dil Dariya, which was directed by Lekh Tandon, Aziz Mirza’s Circus among and many others. After working in television serials for quite some time, Shah Rukh Khan shifted to Mumbai to deal with the loss of his mother and so began his career in the films.

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2. Vidya Balan


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Vidya Balan is known to be the first few of those female actors in Bollywood who carved a niche out for themselves and brought a drastic change in the way which the heroines in the film industry were looked at earlier. Vidya Balan is a recipient of Padma Shri and is also a National Award winner for her spectacular and mind-boggling performances in the films. But little do people know that before her big break in the film industry, Vidya Balan started out by working in television serials. A 16-year-old Vidya Balan played the role of Radhika in one of the most loved serials Hum Paanch. However, her focus was always to be in Bollywood, which she finally attained when she got her first big break in Parineeta.

Famous TV actors who became successful in Bollywood

3. Late Actor Sushant Singh Rajput

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Sushant Singh Rajput became a household name much before he appeared in Bollywood. He rose to fame while portraying the role of Maanav in Zee Tv’s Pavitra Rishta. However, Sushant Singh Rajput also appeared on several other shows and marked his debut in the television industry by working in the daily soap Kis Desh Mein Hain Meraa Dil. Sushant also appeared in Zara Nachke Dikha and Jhalak Dikhla Ja, before he entered the B-town with his debut Kai Po Che and made a mark for himself.

4. Late Actor Irrfan Khan

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Irrfan Khan had a successful career in Bollywood that spanned over 3 decades during which Irrfan Khan was the recipient of a Padma Shri award and won many other accolades and critical acclaim for his phenomenal performances. But much before making a mark in the film industry, Irrfan Khan worked in numerous television shows including, Banegi Apni Baat, Shrikant, AnooGoonj, Sara Jahan Hamara, and many others.

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5. Sharad Kelkar


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Sharad Kelkar before moving to the film industry worked in daily soap operas and even hosted reality shows. He started working in television in 2004 with Aakrosh and never looked back from there. Sharad, however, rose to fame with his portrayal on Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar and Bairi Piya. He is now seen in movies like Akshay Kumar starrer Laxmii and in several OTT series as well.

Famous TV actors who became successful in Bollywood

6. Yami Gautam

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Yami Gautam shot to fame with Fair and Lovely advertisement and soon after she was seen working in telly shows like Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam and Chand Ke Paar Chalo. Soon after, Yami appeared in South Indian movies before making her debut in Bollywood with Vicky Donor in 2012 and then rose to her present day popularity.

7. Prachi Desai


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Prachi too started working in the daily soap operas and shot to fame with the lead role in Zee Tv’s Kasam Se. Prachi was also a contestant on Jhalak Dikhla Ja and soon after she made her Bollywood debut with the movie Rock On.

8. R Madhavan


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Farhaan from the movie 3 Idiots began his acting career by working in numerous television series, including  Banegi Apni Baat, Ghar Jamai, but he rose to fame with his famous portrayal of Shekhar in the serial Saaya. He also acted in several other shows before appearing in a feature film ‘Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin’ (1996).

Famous TV actors who became successful in Bollywood

9. Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana was first seen in MTV Roadies in 2004, where he won the show and following which he started his venture with MTV as an anchor and a VJ. After trying his hands at anchoring and hosting several reality shows on MTV, Ayushmann tried his hands in films and he made it with his debut Vicky Donor in 2012. Ayushmann is also the recipient of a National Award and has done some amazing work in Bollywood.

10. Mohit Raina

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Mohit Raina is a film and television actor who rose to fame with his famous portrayal of Lord Shiva in Devon Ke Dev- Mahadev. Mohit Raina made his debut in the television industry through a science fiction show named Antariksh that went on air in 2004. He also worked in several other shows before making the switch to Bollywood and he has worked in Uri: The Surgical Strike, and Mrs Serial Killer among others

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