Radio is the first way of communication; before the rise of the modern era, radio is the only way to communicate with anyone or broadcast something in a mass media with a large number. In India, the first radio station was inaugurated on “July 23rd, 1927,” by “Lord Irwin” and the company name was Indian Broadcast Company (IBC). Later, it was renamed as All India Radio (AIR) in 1936. When India got its Independence from British in 1947 there were 6 Radio Station or Broadcasting point in India. In the year 2020, there are more than 400 registered radio channels all over India and in many regional languages.
Many Film stars started their carrier in radio as a hosts, anchors, newsreaders, singers, and writers. Here are some of the popular celebrities who worked in radio stations.
Ayushmann Khurrana started his carrier as Radio Jockey (RJ) in the radio channel “BIG FM” in
, where he used to host the show “Maan Na Maan Main Tera Ayushmann,” where he used to interview many people and celeb. He used to play some songs and do some fun segment with his guitar. He won “Young Achievement Award” in 2007 for the RJ & VJ. Later on, he went to the “M TV Roadies” & became the winner of that show. He debuted in his first film “
,” where the audience like the performance of Ayushmann Khurrana and the concept of that movie was new to the audience.
Manish Paul started his carrier as a Host in many live shows. He turned a Video Jockey (VJ) and worked with many TV channels. He refreshed his profession by doing RJ in the station of “Radio City.” “Kasakai Mumbai” is a popular show hosted by Maniesh Paul. He started his acting career by TV shows like “Ghost Bana Dost,” “Ssshhh…Phir Koi Hai,” “Science of Stupid,” and many more shows. His first debut in a lead role is “
” and appeared in a cameo in the movie “Tees Maar Khan.”
National Award winner Annu Kapoor was also a part of the RJ fraternity; he has a radio show in “92.7 BIG FM” named “Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor,” where he talks about his experience working with many senior actors and share the moments with his radio audience by playing their demanded songs in the show, this show has awarded as the best show in New York Festival. He made his debut in the movie “Mandi” and now he got the National Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for “Vicky Donor” and also achieved the “Filmfare Award” for the movie “Mr.India.” He is considered as the Best Actor after his performance in the film “Jolly LLB 2.”
'Mantra' or Rj Mantra is a radio personality. He has worked with many Radio Stations like “Radio City,” “Red FM,” & “Radio Mirchi” where he gained the most popularity; in 2017, when he came up with a show “Lamhe With Mantra” in “BIG FM 92.7.” Talking about his acting career, he is a theater actor and also performed in many Plays & Musical Dramas. He made his debut in movie “
” and played many iconic roles in cinemas like “
Bheja Fry 2
,” “High Jack.”
Aparshakti Khurana is the younger brother of Ayushmann Khurrana; just like his brother, he also started his struggling period by joining radio and becoming RJ in “BIG FM.” He always wanted to become a sportsperson he is also the captain of the Haryana team in the Ranji Trophy. He is also a theater performer and worked on many plays and made a debut in Aamir Khan's ”Dangal,” the blockbuster movie. He also played supporting character in movies like “
,” “Kanpuriye,” “
,” and many more films.
'Malishka' is popularly known as “RJ Malishka.” Her show “Morning No 1 with Malishka” is awarded as “Best Breakfast Show,” She is also a part of the movie “Tumhari Sulu” where she played as a successful Radio Jockey in the film. Malishka has done a small part in web series of Alt Balaji “XXX” where she played a newly married girl.
During the starting of his carrier, he used to do theater acting, and also worked as an RJ. Then after his graduation, he got into the movie business and debuted in the movie “Mera Dil Leke Dekho” and then became part of many films like “No One Kill Jessica,” “NH10,” “Lust Stories,” “Shakuntala Devi.”
Sunil Dutt, during his struggling time he used to be RJ in the station of “Radio Ceylon.” While working as an RJ, he interviewed many actors like “
” and “Shammi Kapoor.” During the making of the Biopic of “
,” Sunil Dutt, taught some lessons of life to young Sanjay Dutt by the songs he used to play at that time for the radio audience.
Saeed Jaffery is an extraordinary actor. Many film stars say that he can put life to the smallest role he plays. Still, during the time of struggle when Jaffery was working in “All India Radio”, he has no place to stay. Hence, the director of AIR offered a room in a Christian Community for some youth. Mr Jaffery was a multitalented actor. After the RJ career, he was cast in many films such as “Gandhi,” “Chashme Buddoor,” “Aulad,” “Sholay” and much more Fantastic’s movies.
He is an Indian Actor, Video Jockey, Radio Jockey, and Television Host; he is an RJ for a long period in “Radio City 91.1.” He made his debut with the movie “
” directed by “Mohit Suri.” He also cast in films like “3 A.M” & “Family of Thakurganj.”