17 Stars Who Switched From TV To Bollywood And Proved Their Merit

Bollywood, for sure, is the dream of each aspiring actors for more than a century now. And, along its way, television is by no means a nasty choice for many of the actors.

Although, the recognition in television is far lesser than that of Bollywood. Nonetheless, the Indian television industry is progressing leaps and bounds.

Here are some of the Bollywood celebs who made the jump from television screens to the big screen. And most of them have made a lasting impression in their switch:

Shah Rukh Khan

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Before his Bollywood debut in Deewana, King Khan appeared in serials like Fauji and Circus, where he made his way to the audience’s heart.

Vidya Balan

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Vidya started her acting career with Hum Paanch in 1995, before being cast in Parineeta after almost a decade of struggle, in 2005.

Gracy Singh

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Best known for her roles in movies like Lagaan and Munnabhai MBBS, this charming girl started her career with Zee TV’s Amanat.

R Madhavan

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He acted in several serials like Banegi Apni Baat, Ghar Jamai and Sea-Hawks, before being so well known in Bollywood as well as Kollywood.

Ayushmann Khurrana

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He came into the limelight while hosting the MTV reality TV show, Roadies 2 before his debut in Vicky Donor opposite Yami Gautam.

Yami Gautam

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She started acting in serials like Chand Ke Paar Chalo, Rajkumar Aaryyan and Yeh Pyaar Na Hoga Kam.

Irrfan Khan

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Before shooting to stardom in Bollywood and becoming a Hollywood regular, Irrfan worked in several popular serials like Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, and Chandrakanta.

Mandira Bedi

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Back in 1994, her portrayal of a simple yet strong girl-next-door in Shanti was loved by all.

Ram Kapoor

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His debut serial was Nyay on DD channel. He went on to be a part of popular serials like Kasam Se, Bade Acche Lagte Hai, amongst others.

Rajpal Yadav

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This eccentric and quirky comedian first appeared in a serial called Mungerilal where he played the role of the protagonist’s brother, Naurangilal.

Prachi Desai

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She rose to fame as Bani in Kasam Se, where she was cast opposite Ram Kapoor.

Sushant Singh Rajput

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His first role was in Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil, but he took our hearts away as Manav in Pavitra Rishta before his debut in Kai Po Che.

Pankaj Kapoor

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His brilliant talent was seen in several serials like B.B LLB, Wah Bhai Wah, Office Office, Albert’s Bridge, etc. with his role in and as Karamchand being the most memorable.

Rajiv Khandelwal

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He became a household name with serials like Kahin Toh Hoga as Sujal and as Rajeev in Left Right Left.

Pulkit Samrat

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The Fukrey and Bittoo Boss actor initially appeared in serials like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kaho Na Pyar Hai.

Karan Singh Grover

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He began his career with Balaji Telefilms in ‘Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi’ on MTV India and then later he did a few more and finally got his first break in Bollywood in the movie ‘Alone’ opposite Bipasha Basu.

Aditya Roy Kapoor

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Very few people recall that Aditya started his career as a VJ on Channel V before taking a minor role as a start in London Dreams.

Which of these cross-over actors do you like the most?