Sanjay Leela Bhansali to Sridevi: Bollywood celebrities who dared to work in fiction on TV
February 26, 2013, 6:01 pm
Bollywood celebrities have often moved to small screen to be a part of the reality shows. Some donned the hat of a host while others became judge on the shows. But only a few dared to tread in unknown waters- fiction. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the new addition with his show 'Saraswatichandra'.
Sridevi left Bollywood for family at the peak of her career in 1997. But the actress later turned to television with her comedy fiction show 'Malini Iyer' in 2004 where she played the role of a housewife.
Known for her role in films like 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' and 'Mandi', Neena Gupta also experimented with television with serials like 'Gul Gulshan Gulfam'. But she is best knwon for her fiction shows like 'Dard' and 'Saans'.
Even Karisma Kapoor tried her luck on small screen with a show 'Karishma - The Miracles of Destiny'. In 2003 before taking a sabbatical from the stardom, she played the role of a grandmother and granddaughter in the show.
Pankaj Kapur, who made his debut in Bollywood with Shyam Benegal's 'Arohan' and later went onto do films like 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' and 'Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho' moved to television in 1986 with 'Karamchand'. He then worked in a string of serials like 'Zabaan Sambhal Ke' and 'Philips Top 10'.
Bollywood's dream girl Hema Malini also turned to television in 2003. She played the role of Goddess Durga in 'Jai Mata Ki' and was later seen in another show 'Kamini wa Damini'.
Mahesh Bhatt did not just direct acclaimed films like 'Arth', 'Saaransh' and 'Naam', but the director also made two of the most renowned television shows of the 90s- 'Swabhiman' and 'A Mouthful of Sky'.
Ronit Roy might be famous as Mr Bajaj of 'Kasauti Zindagi Ki' and Mihir of 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi', but not many know that he made in Bollywood debut in 1980s and his most popular film was 'Jaan Tere Naam'. After trying his hands in Bollywood for long, the actor switched to television.
Anurag Basu started his career with popular television series 'Tara'. Later he moved to Bollywood with films like 'Murder', 'Saaya' and 'Gangster' to his credit. He yet again returned to the small screen in 2007 with a college drama 'Love Story'.
Anil Kapoor not just made a name for himself in Bollywood but he also received worldwide accolades for his role in Hollywood films like 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol'. He even did an American TV show '24' and will also bee in the Indian remake of the political thriller.