TV shows become successful not only because of their lead actors, but the character actors also have a major role to play. They provide the entertainment factor, support the lead actors, and do their best to contribute to the success of the show. Often the work of these character actors becomes more appreciated than the leading stars. Since Indian television is still dominated by female actors, let us view ten such female character actors who became popular due to their hard work and dedication.
Sarita Joshi is a veteran actress who has made a name for herself through her brilliant work in theater, TV, and movies. She is also a prominent figure of the Gujarati and the Marathi entertainment industry. She has appeared in many Hindi serials, playing strong character roles which have made her quite popular. Her most well-known role was that of Baa in the comedy series ‘Baa Bahoo Aur Baby’. She had done other serials like ‘Kuchh Kook Hota Hai’, ‘’, ‘
Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka
’, and ‘
Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi
This talented actress started her career in Bollywood as a lead and supporting actress. She later moved to television and established a successful career there. Her notable serials include ‘
Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah
Geet Hui Sabse Parayi
Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai
’, and ‘Ye Hai Mohabbatein’. She has also appeared in the shows ‘
Kasautii Zindagii Kay
Kohi Apna Sa
Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se
Kuch Toh Log Kahenge
’, ‘Kahiin Toh Hoga’, etc.
Amrapali Gupta is a well-known actress on Indian television. She has done many different roles and a large number of TV shows. She is known mainly for her negative and character roles. The TV shows of which Amrapali was a part are ‘Khushiyan’, ‘Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam’, ‘Teen Bahuraaniyan’, ‘
’, ‘Banoo Main Teri Dulhan’, ‘
’, ‘Agnipareeksha Jeevan Ki – Gangaa’, ‘
Tujh Sang Preet Lagai Sajna
’, ‘Devon Ke Dev Mahadev’, ‘
Utkarsha Naik is an extremely talented artist working in the Indian TV industry. She has the capability to do versatile roles. Her claim to fame was through her role as Manorama Maami in the show ‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon’. Her mannerisms, catch-phrase, and dialogue delivery earned her great love from the audience. Hers was one of the funniest characters on TV. She played the role of the lead actor’s mother in the Colors TV show ‘Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi’. Apart from that, she also appeared in serials like ‘’, ‘Apna Asmaan’, ‘Ssshhhh…Phir Koi Hai’, etc.
5. Kishwer Merchant
Kishwer Merchant is a popular young actress on Hindi television. She is well-known for her diverse roles. Her fame mainly rests on negative roles which she portrays with excellence. She has done several shows like ‘
Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand
’, ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’, ‘
Piya Ka Ghar
’, ‘Kayaamat’, ‘
’, ‘Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai’, ‘
Miley Jab Hum Tum
Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani
’, ‘Madhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon’, ‘’, etc. She has also participated in a few reality shows.
Neelu Vaghela is currently one of the most favorite character actress on Indian television. This talented actress was originally a Rajasthani artist. She began working in Hindi television with Star Plus’ extremely popular serial ‘
Diya Aur Baati Hum
’. She played the role of Bhabho, the mother of the male lead, Suraj Rathi. Her character is that of a strict matriarch who follows the principles of honesty and tradition. Her equation with Sandhya, the protagonist, formed a major part of the show. This role made her a household name.
Rukhsar Rehman is known for her work in Bollywood and television. She is a character actress and has appeared in numerous Bollywood films. In addition to that, her work as an actress on Indian television is also well-appreciated. She has done TV shows like ‘
’, ‘Kuch Toh Log Kahenge’, ‘
Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya
’, and ‘
’. She is a beautiful actress who works hard to entertain the audience.
Kanika Maheshwari is currently one of the best comic actress on television. Hailing from Aligarh, she made her first appearance in the television industry with the show ‘’. Following that, she has worked in several other serials like ‘F.I.R.’, ‘Hey…Yehii To Haii Woh!’, ‘Piya Ka Ghar’, ‘
’, ‘’, ‘Geet’, ‘
Shaurya Aur Suhani
Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii
Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat
’, ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’, etc. She also does negative roles. Her amiability and punctuality make her a producers’ favorite.
Shagufta Ali has been working as an actress for a long time on Indian television. Her talent and versatility are quite well-known. She has done some Bollywood movies. Her work on television includes shows like ‘Saath Nibhana Saathiya’, ‘Kumkum Ek Pyaara Sa Bandhan’, ‘Punar Vivah’, ‘
Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki
’, ‘Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon’, ‘
Sasural Simar Ka
’, etc. Her most popular recent role was as Moti Chai Ji in ‘Ek Veer Ki Ardaas… Veera’.
Among the new crop of talented young television actress, Shruti Kanwar is a popular name. She is a hard-working and beautiful actress. Her most prominent role on television was as Ovi in the serial ‘
’. Her character became popular as the antagonist, and people loved to hate her. She delivered a great performance in the show. She has also worked in TV shows like ‘Crime Patrol’, ‘
Yeh Hai Aashiqui
’, and ‘Doli Armano Ki’. Her career has just started, and she is expected to more such good work in future.