OTT platforms, or digital platforms, have witnessed a significant rise since the Corona pandemic happened. With the rise in demand and taking it as an opportunity, many Indian television actors decided to move forward in their acting careers and chose the OTT platform over the big screen to make a career shift. Many popular faces of daily soaps have made their OTT debuts since the pandemic, and many are on their way to awe the audience with their talents and acting skills. So, let’s see in this post which popular Indian television faces have made their OTT debut.
Jennifer Winget, born on 30th of May 1985, falls under the category of the highest-paid television actress. She has worked in many movies as a child actor, such as Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat (1997). She made her television debut as Piya in Shaka Laka Boom Boom (2002–2003) and is best known for her roles in Saraswatichandra (2013–2014), Beyhadh (2016–2017), and Beypannaah (2018). After creating her place in the Indian television industry, she moved forward to conquer the digital platform with her first OTT debut as Major Monica Mehra in Code M in 2020.
Sanaya Irani is an Indian actress, born on 17th of September 1983, and is popularly known for her roles in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon as Khushi Kumari Gupta Singh Raizada, in Miley Jab Hum Tum as Gunjan, and in Rangrasiya as Parvati. She made her OTT debut in 2015 alongside in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon Ek Jashn and further proceeded to give another hit as Ananya Saini in Cyber Vaar: Har Screen Crime Scene (2022).
3. Barun Sobti
Barun Sobti is one of the renowned actors who has created his place in television, movies, and the OTT platform. He had made his debut in the television industry through his lead role in Shraddha as Swayam Khurrana and became a popular face in households through his role in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon as Business Tycoon Arnav Singh Raizada. He has many web shows under his name, such as Tanhaiyan and The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family, to name some. And he rose to fame through his role in Asur as
, released in 2020.
Arjun Bijlani was born on 31st of October 1982, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He made his television debut as Ankush in Kaarthika (2004), which aired on Hungama TV. He later gained popularity with TV shows like Naagin, Kavach, Pardes Mein Hain Mera Dil, Miley Jab Hum Tum, and Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi. He made his web debut with State of Siege: 26/11 as Major Nikhil Manikrishnan, directed by
and produced by
and Roopali Singh.
The late Indian actor Sidharth Shukla was a host and model. He made his television debut with Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na as Shubh Ranawat, which aired on Sony Entertainment in 2008. Later in his career, he became part of many TV shows, such as Balika Vadhu and Big Boss, seasons 13 and 14. He then took his career to the digital platform and made an OTT debut with Broken But Beautiful Season 3 as Agastya Rao, which attracted massive viewers.
Karan Wahi was born on the 9th of June 1986. He is best known for his roles in Remix (2004–2006) as Ranveer Sisodia and Dil Mil Gayye (2009–2010) as Dr. Siddhant Modi. He has also appeared in films such as Daawat-e-ishq (2014) and Hate Story 4 (2018). He moved forward in his career and made his digital debut with his web show, I Don’t Watch TV, in 2016. But he gained popularity among OTT viewers with his second web series, Sacred Games, in 2018 as
. It was previewed on Netflix.
Born on 20th December 1984, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Sanjeeda Sheikh is counted among the top Indian television actresses. She had done many movies, television shows, and music videos. Before her television debut in 2006 as Nimmo in Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka, Sanjeeda appeared in the Hindi movie Baghban in 2003 and the Tamil movie Ponniyin Selvan in 2005. Sanjeeda made her OTT debut in Vikram Bhatt’s web show Gehriyaan in 2017 as Dr. Reyna.
Mohit Raina was born on 14th of August 1982 into a Kashmiri Pandit family. He started his career with a television debut in 2004 with the Star Plus show Antariksh: Ek Amar Katha and became popular with his lead role as Lord Shiva in the Life Ok show Devon Ke Dev: Mahadev, which aired in 2011. He also gave many great performances in movies like Shiddat, Uri: A Surgical Strike, and Mrs.
. In 2019, Mohit made his OTT debut as Vedant Rathod in Kaafir, but he became popular on the digital platform with his outstanding performances in Bhaukaal (2020) and Mumbai Diaries 26/11 (2021).
Primarily known for his acting and voice-actor skills, Sharad Kelkar made his television debut as Inspector Sachin Kulkarni in Aakrosh (2004). Till 2021, he had appeared in many TV shows like Raat Hone Ko Hai, Uttaran, Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, and Koi Laut Ke Aaye Hai, to name a few. He has also appeared in many movies, such as Hulchul, 1920: Evil Returns,
, Baadshaho, and Laxmii. In 2019, Sharad made his OTT Debut in the web show The Family Man, which premiered on Amazon Prime.
Karan Tacker was born in Punjab on May 11, 1986. He is an Indian actor and model who made his television debut with Star One’s show Love Ne Mila Di Jodi, which aired in 2009. But he gained fame and popularity through the Star Plus show Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai as Viren Singh Vadhera, which aired in 2011. He also appeared in many TV shows like
Rang Badalti Odhani
, India’s Got Talent, and Punar Vivah, to name a few. Karan made his OTT debut with the Disney+Hotstar web show Special Ops. Season 1 aired in 2021 and season 2 in 2021. In 2022, he also appeared on the Netflix web show Khakee: The Bihar Chapter.