Meet actors taking the big leap from television to films in 2014

Guess what’s common between Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan and Sushant Singh Rajput? Well, apart from being the hottest thing on the block, they also belong to the brigade, who dared to take the big leap from TV to the big screen.

Featuring on the success list are also names such as Ram Kapoor, Rajeev Khandelwal, Yami Gautam and of course Sushant Singh Rajput, who wowed all with two successful films, last year – Kai Po Che and Shuddh Desi Romance. Manish Paul and Sharad Kelkar, too, ­managed to grab eyeballs, last year, with Micky Virus and Goliyon Ki Raasleela ­Ram-Leela, respectively.

However, not everyone’s lucky, and often, stars of the small screen fail to make an impression when it comes to Bollywood.

For instance, popular TV actor Hussain Kuwajerwala’s debut film, Shree, bombed at the box office, last year, and so have been the case with popular actors such as Amar Upadhayay alias Mihir Virani of the cult show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, and Aamna Sharif aka Kashish of Kahiin To Hoga.

Both their Bollywood ­outings Dhund — The Fog (2003) and Aloo Ch aat (2009), flopped ­badly at the box office.

Failures, however, haven’t stopped our telly stars from pursuing their big dreams and the proof lies in the fact that this year, too, a bunch of telly actors will be seen on the big screen. Here’s a glance at some of them.

The Dhoom Machaao Dhoom and Kayamath actor and winner of Nach Baliye is making his silver screen debut with Vikram Bhatt’s sequel of Hate Story A popular name of Punjabi films, she rose to fame with TV shows like Kahiin To Hoga and Kaajjal, and will be seen this year in Hate Story 2 and Ugly Come May, the Remix and Dill Mill Gayye actor-turned-host will be seen in the Yash Raj film Daawat-e-Ishq, alongside Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur

The Bidaayi and Bigg Boss fame actor has signed three films — Midnight Mumbai, A Capsule Of Love and a yet-untitled project She was last seen in the telly series Savdhaan India, and is making her big screen debut in director E Niwas’ next, alongside actor Ali Zafar The heartthrob of TV, known for his hit soap Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is expected to be seen in two films this year — Main Aur Mr Riight and 22 Yards


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