Bollywood has always welcomed newcomers with open arms. Shah Rukh Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Irfan Khan,Vidya Balan and relatively new but very promising Sushant Singh Rajput (Pavitra Rishta fame) have been able to carve a niche for themselves on the 70mm screen.
But there are a few actors upon whom fate didn’t smile as much… new comers as well as sons or daughters of yesteryear starlets and directors whose careers ended even before they actually started their innings. Also to join the Television band wagon are a few actors and actresses who having realised their limited shelf life in Bollywood switched over to television for their second innings.
Their careers bit the dust in Bollywood but got a second life on the small screen. These actors didn’t lose hope and tried their luck on TV and achieve their share of success which Bollywood could not give them. With the influx of reality shows and new soaps every passing week and the plethora of channels airing daily soaps, newer avenues opened up for these actors.
They are currently the big names of the Great Indian Television. Here is the list of actors who flopped in Bollywood but topped on TV.
- Sonali Bendre: The latest entrant on the band-wagon is petite and pretty actress Sonali Bendre. She took a sabbatical from movies after 2004 when she tied the knot with Goldie Behl. Now after giving birth to her son, she has opted to do television. The show, titled ‘Ajeeb Daastaan Hain Ye’ produced by Balaji Telefilms marks Sonali Bendre’s fiction debut on television. She will share screen space with another popular face on Indian TV. This is not her first stint on TV though. This graceful actress, in the past, has judged shows like ‘Indian Idol’ (Sony Entertainment Television), ‘India’s Got Talent’ (Colors) and ‘India’s Best Dramebaaz’ (Zee TV). Her new show will premiere on October 7 at 9.30 pm.
- Armaan Kohli: This man needs no introduction. We have seen enough of him and his nasty temper on Bigg Boss season 7. He is from a Bollywood family and is the son of producer-director Rajkumar Kohli. He started his career in a multi-starer called Jaani-Dushman, which had a fate worse than the sinking Titanic. However, his stint in the controversial reality show Bigg Boss has given his career a new lease of life to his flop title. He now reigns as the ultimate bad boy of Indian Television. Thanks to his numerous fights, tantrums, short-temper and the abuses thrown by him on housemates.
- Apurva Agnihotri: Apurva Agnihotri made a dream debut with a promising role in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Pardes directed by master showman Subhash Ghai. However after failing to make a make in Bollywood, Apurva decided to move to TV after a few flops. The actor found instant success on TV with shows like Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin where he immortalised the character of Aman Suri. He also starred in shows like Biddai and Radha Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi.
4. Ronit Roy: He is one of the highest paid and respected actors on TV. But the actor first made his acting debut in the Bollywood film Jaan Tere Naam. When his Bollywood career failed to take off, Ronit moved to the small screen and played some popular roles like Mihir Virani from Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi bahu Thi and Rishabh Bajaj from Kasauti Zindagi Kay and a Gujrati Thakur in Bandini. Today, Ronit Roy enjoys the best of both the worlds. His Bollywood movie Udaan was well received by audience and critics.
- Shekhar Suman: This handsome mover indeed did shake the small screen with his wit and charm. After a not so successful career in Bollywood the actor appeared as a judge on comedy shows, But the turning point of his career was Dekh Bhai Dekh, a popular comedy show of the 90’s.
- Vivek Mushran: He garnered immense popularity as the ILU ILU boy in Bollywood. But after a few flop films Vivek disappeared from Bollywood. A few years down the line, the actor made a comeback on the popular show Son Pari. Post that he starred in Sony TV’s serial “Parrvarish” as a father where he was paired opposite TV’s favourite bahurani Shweta Tiwari. Currently he is seen on Star Plus’s latest offering Nisha aur Uske Cousins.
- Ayub Khan: Despite being from a film family, Ayub Khan, nephew of yesteryear superstar Dilip Kumar, could not make big in Bollywood after a few of his movies flopped. Today Ayub Khan is a popular face. His role in Uttran grabbed a lot of eyeballs