10 Famous bollywood celebrities who started their careers on TV shows!


If there are two places in India for incredible fame it is the big screen Bollywood and the small screen or ‘The Great Indian TV Serials’. While it is usually considered you can only be popular on one of these mediums, there are a few of those who got their big break on TV but managed to make a smooth transition to the big screen as well. Let’s take a look at bollywood celebrities who started their careers on TV shows!

1. Aditya Roy Kapur

Aditya Roy Kapoor was in the limelight much before ‘Aashiqui 2’. He started his career as a VJ on Channel V. After this stint on TV, Aditya debuted with the movie, London Dreams.

2. Rajpal Yadav

Rajpal Yadav is known for his comic roles in Bollywood. He started his career from Doordarshan’s television serial Mungeri ke bhai Naurangilal as the protagonist. Although Yadav found success in negative roles, he preferred comic roles, as in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, and he went on to become a prolific comic enthusiast in Hindi films.

3. R Madhavan

R Madhavan started his career with TV serials like Banegi Apni Baat, Sea Hawks and Ghar Jamai. In 2001, he did the movie Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein and got nominated for Best Male Debut Award.

4. Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan started his career with the serial Fauji. He played the character of commando Abhimanyu Rai. In the year 1992, he debuted in the movie, Deewana.

5. Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan too has acted in TV shows, before he made it to bollywood. Irrfan has acted in Chanakya, Bharat Ki Khoj, Chandrakanta amongst others.

6. Prachi Desai

Prachi started her television career as the lead protagonist in successful TV drama Kasamh Se on Zee TV. The actress has changed significantly in the last 10 years. She made her Bollywood career with the 2008 film Rock On followed by movies like Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Bol Bachchan, Azhar, Rock On-2 and many more which attained her industrial appreciation.

7. Yami Gautam

Yami Gautam who started her career with Chand Ke Paar Chalo, made her bollywood debut from the movie Vicky Donor. She has also appeared in the movie ‘Sanam Re’ opposite Pulkit Samrat. The actress was last seen in the movie Kaabil opposite Hrithik Roshan.

8. Ayushmann Khurrana 

From Roadies to Vicky Donor, Ayushmann Khurrana came a long way. In 2004, the actor won the reality TV show, Roadies. After that he worked as a radio jockey, a video jockey, and even worked as a TV host for a reality show. In 2012, Ayushmann marked his strong presence in industry by debuting in the movie Vicky Donor. 

9. Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan was first seen in Ekta Kapoor’s serial ‘Hum Paanch’ She was also seen in various commercials and in music videos. She made her bollywood debut from the movie Parineeta.

10. Sushant Singh Rajput

One of the most popular TV faces to make it big in Bollywood is none other than Sushant Singh Rajput. Starting with his TV role in ‘Pavitra Rishta’, Sushant made his film debut in the popular film Kai Po Che. He also seen in ‘Raabta’ movie opposite Kriti Sanon.



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