We can see new faces entering the industry every day. While some reach to the ultimate levels of popularity and success, some fall hard. Well here is the list of 20 television stars who tried to grab a place in the film industry but had to back off as the consequences were not positive.
Salil Ankola is a former Indian cricketer who played at an international level from 1989-1997 but due to a sudden development of bone tumor he had to retire. From there on began his career in acting for daily soaps. He has worked in television serials like Karam Apna Apna,
, Sssshh Koi Hai. His role as Vikraal made him a known face in television industry. He tried his luck in Bollywood as a debutant in ‘
’ that was released in the year 2000. Later he went to work in films like ‘Pitaah’, Chura Liya Hai Tumne, and ‘Riwayat’ but any of those didn’t make a mark in the industry leading to a downfall in Salil’s career. Recently, he took part in the couple show on Sony TV called
, with his second wife, Ria Ankola.
Aamna made her television debut as a protagonist in Kahiin To Hoga that started in the year 2003 on Star Plus channel. Her acting and charm made her an overnight star, she became a known face in every household. In the year 2009, she debuted in the movie Aloo Chat, starring opposite
, which didn’t do well at the box office. She did not give up and later acted in Aao Wish Kare, and Shakal Pe Mat Jaa; both didn’t give her a kick start career in Bollywood. She came back to the small screen and did Hongey Judaa Naa Hum in the year 2012. She did a supporting role in Ek Tha Villain as Ritesh Deshmukh’s wife which did very well at the box office. It seems she still has hope, and we would love to see her again on the silver screen.
Going by his smart looks and personality he had been every girl’s heartthrob. Rajeev Khandelwal made his debut in the year 1998, in a show named ‘Banphool’ but gained recognition in the serial Kahiin To Hoga where he was a lead protagonist. He then worked on other television shows like Time Bomb 9/11, Deal Yah No Deal, and Left Right Left. In the year 2008, Rajeev gave his debut movie ‘
’ which did very well at the box office and was one of the critically claimed projects of the year. Unlike his co-star Aamna, his career in film industry did pretty well but later on Rajeev became choosy about his projects. He then did films like Table No.21 and ‘
’ which didn’t work well for his career. Eventually, he came back to host a television show Sach Ka Samna for two seasons. He has currently signed a movie Abhi Nahi Toh Kabhi Nahi that is under production.
Kashmira Shah, with her dusky complexion has been one those actresses having a charm factor. In the year 1994, she made her debut in the television industry with the show Hello Bollywood. She later worked in a detective series Two Plus Two Plus One. She has been a part of many films that did well and hooked up on chartbusters like
, Vastav-The Reality, Pyar To Hona Hi Tha, ‘
’, but didn’t get any promising roles. She was the celebrity contestant on
Season 1; she also hosted a reality show at channel V called Steal Your Girlfriend which was loved by the young generation. She played the role of Tataka in the mythological serial
Siya Ke Ram
aired on Star Plus.
Nishant Malkani’s charming looks gave him a good break on the small screen, as he debuted in Miley Jab Hum Tum that aired in the year 2008 on Star One. Later on, he also was seen in
Sasural Genda Phool
but gained more fame as he played the male lead in daily soap Ram Milayi Jodi on Zee TV. He gave his cinematic debut in
, which was of a scary sci-fi genre. He also worked in movies like
, Ishq Ne Krazy Kiya Re; but none of them did well at the box office. He last worked in the movie called
as Bunty that didn’t go well but we hope to see some more good movies from Nishant.
Aman Yatan Verma
Aman Yatan Verma was one of those famous faces of the 90s, he made his debut in the television industry in 1987 in a show called Pachpan Khambe Lal Deewarein. Later he also worked in serials like ‘
’, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, and ‘’. He started his career in Bollywood in the movie ‘
’ in 1999, which gave his career a good kick start, and which also bagged him a lead role in Koi Hai. But after that, he didn’t get any promising characters but was seen in some projects like ‘
’, and ‘EMI’. He was also a tough contender of Bigg Boss house in season 9. His eviction from the house came as a shock to many viewers and other contenders. He is presently working in a serial called ‘Amma ‘on Zee TV that airs every Saturday and Sunday.
Barun Sobti was at the beginning seen in television shows like ‘
’ and Dill Mill Gaye in a cameo role. He got a break in his next serial named Baat Hamari Pakki Hai in 2010, but earned popularity as lead protagonist in the daily soap Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? He gave his debut film in the year 2014 with the movie Me Aur Mr. Right, but the film was not a blockbuster. Later he signed Arshad Sayed’s project Satra Ko Shadi Hai in 2014 which released in 2016. Currently, he is working on a project '
'; we hope he does have a good career in Bollywood hereafter.
A model turned actress Shruti Seth had many television projects on hand, she made her first debut in 2001 at DD Metro channel in a show called ‘
’. Later she gained much more popularity in sitcom ‘
’ the as Jiya Malhotra in 2003. She worked in films like ‘
’, Ta Ra Rum Pum, ‘Rajneeti’, and
My Friend Pinto
but didn’t get any promising roles after that. She has hosted many seasons of Comedy Circus on the small screen for which she has been appreciated. Shruti Seth is working in Comedy Nights Bachhao aired on Colours.
Indraneil Sengupta debuted on the small screen with the serial Pyaar Ke Doo Nam-Ek Radha Ek Shyam in the year 2004. Later he was seen in serials like Banoo Me Teri Dulhan, ‘Maayka’, and ‘Maharakshak-Devi’. He gave his cinematic debut in the year 2004 in the movie ‘
’, and later was also in seen in
’. He is a well-known face of Bengali films and has worked in ‘Janala’, Aparijita Tumi and much more. He is currently a part of the daily soap called
aired on Zee TV as Neil.
Amar Upadhyay gave his debut in the television industry in a sitcom
Dekh Bhai Dekh
in the year 1993 but got a major break in the year 2000 as Mihir Virani in the daily soap Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. He worked in serials like ‘
’, and ‘Bidaai’. He gave a film debut in the year 1998 in Dhundte Reh Jaaoge which didn’t take his career up to the mark in the film industry. He was also a part of movies like ‘Dahshat’, ‘Dhund-The Fog’, and LOC Kargil. He came back to the small screen after that. He was also a contestant in Bigg Boss house for the season 5. He is currently working on a daily soap named
Saath Nibhaana Saathiya
aired on Star Plus.
The winner of Miss Bhopal title got her first break in the television industry in the year 2007 on Sapna Baabul Ka-Bidaai. She gained overnight popularity for her character Sadhna in her debut serial. Later on, she played lead protagonist in Ram Milayi Jodi opposite Nishant Malkani. She gave her Bollywood debut in the year 2014 in M3-Midsummer Midnight Mumbai which didn’t give a chartbuster. Later she worked in Tujhse Hi Raabta and
Hamari Adhuri Kahani
. She came back to the small screen and is currently working as a negative role in Kavach-Kali Shaktiyoon Se. She has been a Bigg boss contestant and had earned publicity for her on screen Nikaah on the sets of the Bigg Boss house in the year 2010.
The extra innings man of Indian Premiere League made his television debut as a parallel protagonist in serial Bade Achhe Lagte Hain in the year 2012. He gained more popularity as an IPL host on the small screen. His film career started in the year 2005 with ‘Zeher’ and later on he worked in ’s ‘
’. He was also part of movies like ‘
’, Dangerous Ishq and a British movie, The Mole. He last worked in ‘
’ which did quite well at the box office, but he is better at his ILP innings.
The major heart-throb, Karan Kundra made his debut on small screen with the serial Kitni Mohabbat Hai as
in the year 2009. He has also hosted three seasons of ‘Gumrah’ on Channel V. He made his debut on the silver screen in the year 2011 in Pure Punjabi which didn’t impress the audience that well. Later he worked in films like Horror Story and Jatt Romantic. He is currently the gang leader at MTV’s Roadies X4.
Anita Hassanandani turned many faces to her with the cute face dusky complexion in 2001 as she made her debut in Kabhi Sautan Kabhi Saheli. But she become a known face for her lead role as Anjali in Ekta Kapoor’s ‘
’. She made her debut in Bollywood in 2003 with Kuch Toh Hai, a romantic thriller. Later she worked in movies like
and Koi Aap Sa. But eventually returned to the small screen and started working in daily soap Ye Hai Mohabbatein as Shagun Arora since 2013 and is currently working on the same.
Raqesh Vashisth made his television debut in the year 2005 in Saat Phere-Saloni Ka Safar and became a known face in every household. He later worked in many serials like ‘Seven’, ‘Maryada’ and replaced
Karan Singh Grover
too. He made his cinematic debut in the year 2001 in Tum Bin that did very well on box office; later he did films like Dil Vil Pyar Vyar and Wrong Number that gave his film career a fall. The actor was last seen in a Marathi movie Sarv Mangal Sawdhan in 2016.
Jay Bhanushali started his career in the television industry in the year 2006 with a show called Play TV. Later he gained more popularity with his character Neev Shergill in ‘
’. He has also worked in daily soaps like Kiss Desh Me Hai Mera Dil and Kairi-Rishta Khatta Meetha. He gave his Bollywood debut in ‘
Hate Story 2
’ in 2014. He has also worked in
Ek Paheli Leela
. He has been anchoring the famous dance reality show Dance India Dance for many seasons.
Eijaz Khan gave his debut in the television industry in the year 2003 with the daily soap Kahiin To Hoga, but gained popularity with serial Kkavyanjali opposite Anita Hassanandani. He also played some major roles in serials like ‘Kkusum’, ‘Kayamath’, Shubh Vivaah and Bhaskar Bharathi. Eijaz tried his luck in Bollywood but couldn’t bag a lead or any prominent role but successful projects. He has worked in Maine Dil Tujhko Diya,
Tanu Weds Manu
, Zilla Ghaziabad and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. He was seen in ‘
’ that released this year. He was last seen in
Laut Aao Trisha
on Life OK.
Manish Paul has gained popularity since he has stepped into the television industry as an anchor and actor. He made his debut in 2007 with the show Chhoona Hai. Later on, he started hosting the celebrity dance show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa on Colors TV. Meanwhile he also made his debut in Bollywood 2013 in
but that didn’t do well on box office. He was last seen in Tere Bin Laden 2 on the silver screen. He has hosted many award shows in the past year like Zee Gold Awards, Indian Telly Awards, Umang and many more. He is present hosting the Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 9.
Rannvijay is best known as the face of MTV Roadies, as he happened to be the finalist of the season 1 in 2003 and later on became the judge of Roadies. He gave his Bollywood debut with movie ‘Toss-Flip Of Destiny’ in 2009, and he was also seen in London Dreams,
’ and ‘3AM’. But he didn’t get any promising roles thereafter. He is currently playing the gang leader in MTV Roadies X4.
Hiten Tejwani made his debut on small screen in 2000 with the daily soap
Ghar Ek Mandir
but gained popularity as Pratham Mann in ‘
’ in the year 2002 that aired on Sony TV. He has worked a lot on small screen with serials like ‘Kkusum’, Kahiin To Hoga, Kasauti Zindagi Kii,
and Kya Hua Tera Waada. He tried his luck in Bollywood with movies like Krishna Cottage, Joggers Park, ‘
’ and ‘Shorgul’. He is currently working in daily soap ‘
’ that is aired on &TV.