Talent from TV finds its space in new cinema
The line between the small and the big screens has blurred. A number of wellknown TV actors are now making their feature film debut and, unlike in the past, they aren’t playing blink-andyou-miss roles.
Mouni Roy (right) is starring in a film that has Akshay Kumar in the lead. Other actors who have bagged substantial roles are Aankita S Lokhaande, Jennifer Winget, Shamata Anchan, Shivin Narang, and Karan Oberoi.
How did the scenario change? “TV actors have popularity, talent, and experience. Filmmakers are casting them if the role demands it,” says film critic Taran Adarsh. “Films now are usually content-driven,” says director Dinesh Vijan, who has worked with Sushant Singh Rajput, an actor who made a successful transition from TV to cinema. “Good content requires good actors, so, TV or no TV, good actors are getting their due.”
Continuing their successful stint in TV, these actors are now taking a step forward to do substantial roles in feature films