SAMIR SONI, 45
Plays Kunal Chopra in Parichay, marketed as the first male-oriented show on Indian TV when it aired on Colors on August 9.
USP A politically incorrect male lead with more shades of grey than any of the good men on TV. His character gets more screen time to dissect his baggage than any ever seen before. The character has an ironic trademark style with stylish throwaway dialogues.
EARNINGS Rs 30,000–45,000 per day.