TV STARS GRAD­U­ATE TO BOL­LY­WOOD

Sev­eral small screen stars are set to es­tab­lish them­selves on the big screen with Hindi movie re­leases lined up in 2018­19

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Af­ter achiev­ing star­dom and earn­ing a mas­sive fan fol­low­ing on the small screen, many tele­vi­sion ac­tors are now set to foray into films. Though it’s not new for TV ac­tors to eye a ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood, with Alis­ters such as Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan and Sushant Singh Ra­jput hav­ing made the suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion, the trend seems to be on a rapid rise now.

Ac­tors such as Mouni Roy, Ankita Lokhande and Dipika Kakar al­ready have their big ticket re­leases set for this year, while some such as Rad­hika Madan, Nan­dish Sandhu and Nia Sharma have just been roped in for their dream projects.

Why do most TV stars even­tu­ally want to make it in Bol­ly­wood? Dipika, who rose to fame with the show Sa­sural Si­mar Ka, says that she “never craved for Bol­ly­wood” but was cer­tain that if “some­thing good” came her way, she’d do it. “That’s ex­actly what hap­pened with Pal­tan. I’ve never been go­ing around and giv­ing au­di­tions, but when this role was of­fered to me, I re­alised that I fit the bill,” she says.

Pav­i­tra Rishta ac­tor Ankita Lokhande, who stars in Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, says, “It’s be­cause films have a larger au­di­ence and give more ex­po­sure. Films are a world­wide medium and it’s al­ways good to ex­pe­ri­ence new things in your ca­reer. I’ll al­ways be grate­ful to TV as what­ever pop­u­lar­ity I have to­day is be­cause of my se­rial, I hope that the same will fol­low af­ter the au­di­ence sees my work in films.”

Cit­ing “au­di­ences’ ac­cep­tance” as the rea­son be­hind this con­tin­u­ous pop­u­lar­ity of TV stars in Bol­ly­wood, ex­perts say the lines be­tween the medi­ums have blurred.

Film-maker Ku­nal Kohli, who launched and co-starred with TV ac­tor Jennifer Winget in a web film, Phir Se, ear­lier this year, feels that TV is no longer the step­ping stone to get into films. “Bound­aries [be­tween medi­ums] are blur­ring and ac­tors want to work in dif­fer­ent for­mats of cinema. The end re­sult of do­ing any form of cre­ativ­ity is that you want peo­ple to watch it, whether it’s on TV or films,” he says.

Trade an­a­lyst Atul Mo­han ex­plains, “Ac­tors from var­i­ous medi­ums dream of mak­ing it big in films and film-mak­ers, too, need an in­flux of new tal­ent for fresh sto­ry­telling. And there’s noth­ing bet­ter if we have tal­ented ones grad­u­at­ing from small screen to big screen.”

Stat­ing that it’s al­ways eas­ier to launch a TV star in movies than a new­comer, film critic Omar Qureshi opines, “It’s sim­ply be­cause they are ex­posed to gru­elling shoot­ing sched­ules, look good and have tremen­dous fan fol­low­ings in­clud­ing so­cial me­dia pop­u­lar­ity. Also, new­com­ers don’t have tak­ers and star kids come with a huge amount of com­par­i­son and pres­sure, so it’s al­most a cakewalk for TV stars.”

PHOTO: VI­RAL BHAYANI

(Clock­wise) Mouni Roy, Nan­dish Sandhu, Rad­hika Madan and Ankita Lokhande

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