Hits and misses on Indian television

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2014 16:15 IST

From controversies to break-ups, these small screen celebs made news round the year. We take a look at the ones who constantly stayed in the limelight — for professional and personal reasons — in 2014.

Gauahar Khan and Kapil Sharma were clear winners on the tube this year.

Kapil Sharma: From what was supposed to be his film debut with a popular production house going kaput and his comedy show scoring high on the popularity chart, to the news that he might take a break from it, Kapil Sharma never stopped making headlines.

Gauahar Khan: After winning Bigg Boss 7, Gauahar's love life with beau Kushal Tandon kept her constantly under the scanner. But it was actually the shocking incident of a fan slapping the model-turned-actor that created a furore.

Buzz worthy


Sunil Grover: After quitting Comedy Nights With Kapil in 2013, Sunil Grover’s own comedy show didn’t find any takers. He then returned to Kapil’s show with a lot of pomp.

Paridhi Sharma: The lead actor of Ekta Kapoor’s hit TV show, Jodha Akbar, Paridhi Sharma’s alleged accusations of sexual abuse by the director of the show, Santram Verma, led to a whirlpool of speculation, followed by rounds of explanations.

Karan Singh Grover —Jennifer Winget: News of the TV couple Karan Singh Grover and Jennifer Winget’s spilt caused a stir. There were rumours of the two staying separately for a while, till they finally confirmed that they were getting divorced.

Alok Nath: In January, senior actor Alok Nath began trending on Twitter for no apparent reason. Jokes about his popular roles as a doting, traditional Babuji and his sanskaar soon went viral. Alok took them in his stride and even joined Twitter.

Kim Kardashian: International reality star Kim Kardashian’s entry into Bigg Boss 8 was to be the big highlight of the show, but it turned out to be a damp squib as the global face skipped the country citing visa issues.

Tanisha Mukerji-Armaan Kohli: After their much publicised romance in the Bigg Boss 7 house last year, the couple kept a low profile while rumours of their impending wedding made headlines. People were shocked to hear about their split in September. However, they are said to have remained friends.

Yo Yo Honey Singh: Yo Yo Honey Singh was excited about being part of the singing reality show, India’s Raw Star, but mid-way he injured his head and back after a fall. As doctors advised him to rest, he had to quit the show.

Who missed the mark

Television may not always be a lucky medium for actors. Year 2014 saw a horde of film actors, including Amitabh Bachchan, try their luck on the small screen, but they hardly managed to make a mark. Here’s a look at how they fared.

Amitabh Bachchan: His small-screen acting debut in Yudh was expected to garner a thundering response. But the convoluted storyline — and late night slot — garnered hardly any appreciation from the audience.

Padmini Kolhapure: She joined her friend’s (Poonam Dhillon; actor) serial, Ek Nayi Pehchaan, four months before the show ended. It was an attempt to revive the ratings. Although her entry did pique the viewers’ interest, it didn’t help much.

Poonam Dhillon: She returned to TV with Ek Nayi Pehchaan. Inspired by Sridevi’s film, English Vinglish (2012), the show’s low ratings forced it to go off air in less than 10 months.

Anita Raaj: After her impressive performance in 24 last year, she didn’t have enough to do in Tumhaari Pakhi.

Sonali Bendre: Playing a submissive wife in Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye, Sonali Bendre, unlike expectations, didn’t stand out at all from the rest. She made her TV acting debut with this Ekta Kapoor production. Her character was real, and not over the top.

Bhagyashree: Even though she returned to acting with her TV debut, Laut Aao Trisha, the show’s dismal ratings made it a not-so-ideal comeback.


Other film stars on the tube

Tulip Joshi:
She debuted with a weekend show, Airlines. Although the concept was different, it couldn’t deliver the expected ratings.

Karishma Tanna: She continues to hog the limelight with Bigg Boss 8, butting in at every opportunity, and trying to be the focus of the show.

Vatsal Sheth: He essayed the role of a rapist in Ek Hasina Thi, and wowed the audiences with his talent.

Raj Babbar: The senior actor appeared in an action thriller in the role of a strict father to an army son played by VJ-actor Rannvijay Singha.

Sarika: Though a cameo, the appearance of Sarika in Amitabh Bachchan’s fiction debut, Yudh, was refreshing.

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