Not everyone starts their journey on the big screen. Some start their journey from the television industry too. At times, we are aware of the big screens but unaware of the television industry. But then, with the advancement of satellites, the boom of the Television era started. We wouldn't even dare think of a world without the television now. Many of the famous stars in Mollywood were showcased and raised to big screen from the small screens only. We shouldn't forget that it is the small screen that gave us several talented and famous stars in the film industry. Here is the list of the top 10 TV actors turned popular stars in Mollywood.
The tall and handsome villain-hero Biju Menon, popularly known as ‘Ayappan Nair’ these days, started his career on television. He made his debut as a serial actor in the Award-winning serial “Mikhayelinte Santhathikal” aired on Doordarshan. In 1993, it was awarded the Kerala State Television Award.
Multi-talented Anoop Menon came into the industry 17 years ago through the television soap “
” after which he became popular in the Malayali household. He started his career on the big screen with “Kattuchembakam” in 2002. After this movie, he gained prominence, during which he made adequate progress in the big screen. He is also a first rank holder in the Kerala University law exams.
3. Jaya Surya
Jaya Surya is a National Award winner and the most dynamic actor of contemporary Malayalam cinema. He was a mimicry artist and gave many stage programs as a student. After graduation, he started his career as an anchor on Kairali TV for musical programs. At that time, he also worked as a dubbing artist for serials. He started doing uncredited roles in movies in 2002, and turned into a full-length actor in the movie “Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan”.
Yes, many of you don’t know that Lady Superstar Nayanthara started her career in the TV Industry. She turned into a model while studying in college. By seeing some of her modeling assignments, Kairali TV approached her for the program “Chill Memes Chamayam”. Later, director Sathyan Anthikkad spotted her in the program, and offered the movie “Manassinakkare”.
5. Parvathy Thiruvothu Kottuvata
Parvathy Thiruvothu Kottuvata is a firebrand, outspoken and courageous woman who addresses the truth in Malayalam cinema. Parvathy has played many strong women characters in her career and is a National Award winner. After graduation, she started her career in a full-time music channel, Kiran TV. She raised to fame with the “Hello Good Evening” program that aired on Kairali TV. After 2006, she made her debut on the big screen with the movie “Out of syllabus”. She holds a special place in Malayalam cinema for fighting against onscreen sexism.
Actor and producer Asif Ali also came from the television industry. Though he didn’t act in serials, he worked as a program presenter and line producer for the India vision channel. In college, he worked as an ads-model and VJ for movie-based programs. Much later, he made a dream debut with the Shyamaprasad’s movie “
” in the year 2009.
The expression queen and sensational heroine Nazriya, started her career while she was 8 years old. She started her career as an anchor for the Islamic quiz show “Punyamaasathiloode”, aired on Kairali TV. Later, she anchored a popular music reality show named “
” which aired on Asianet. Director Blessy saw her and offered a role in a Mammootty starter “
” in a proactive role. Later she acted as a child artist and turned into an actress in the film “Mad dad”.
Talented actor and entertainer Hareesh Peradi, who dazzled us by playing Kaitheri Sahadevan amazingly in the 2013 film ‘Left Right Left’, begun his journey as an actor by noticeable roles in TV serials like “Kunjali Marakkar”, “Sreeguruvayoorappan”, and “Bhamini”. He started his career as a theatre artist and did more than 120 plays.
noticed him in one of the plays and offered him a role in the movie “De Ingottu Nokkiye”.
9. Asha Sharath
The beautiful, and curly-haired actress Asha Sharath made her mark on Mollywood by playing many notable characters. Before making a debut in 2012 with the movie “Friday”, she acted in the super hit serials of the small screen. Her first serial, “Kunkumappoovu”, brought her many awards. Her character Jayanthi made her a household name. She acted in almost all South Indian languages in a small span of time in her career.
10. Rajisha Vijayan
Rajisha started her career as an anchor in Manorama TV and turned into an actress with the movie "
Anuraga Karikkin Vellam
". After completing her graduation in Noida, she came back to Kerala and started working in the television industry in 2012. She started her career in 2012 with a youth-centric program of music chat called “Susi’s Code” on Surya Music. She did various programs like ‘Ugram Ujwalam’, star interviews and Vanitha film awards on Mazavhil Manorama. Later in 2016, she made her dream debut with “Anuraga Karikkin Vellam” alongside Asif Ali and received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress in the year 2016.
Okay, okay! I know that there are many more celebrities other than the above who went from small screen to silver screen. Do comment below as much as you can and let us know.