It is a known fact that entering Bollywood without a godfather or godmother from the film industry is almost as difficult as trying to reach for the sky using a ladder. Millions try and fall. Very few succeed and survive.
One other way to enter Bollywood seems to be through television. Many good actors have been successful in their transition from television to Bollywood. Few of the popular and recent such actors are Shahrukh Khan, Vidya Balan, Rajeev Khandelval, Madhavan, Ram Kapoor and so on.
All these actors made their mark as good actors on various television shows and slowly moved into making Bollywood movies. They had to work hard and persistently and only then did they succeed as known actors.
When we consider all the Bollywood actors, almost all of them are from movie background. Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bhachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Imran Khan; actresses like Kareena Kapoor, Rekha, Sonakshi Sinha, Kajol, Karishma Kapoor and the list goes on endlessly.
Here are the Bollywood actors who started their careers in television.
Vidya, Authentic As Ever
Vidya Balan acted in the hit TV show Hum Paanch before acting in the romantic epic movie Parineeta opposite Saif Ali Khan.
Madhavan, A Genuine Good Actor
Madhavan acted in TV show Banegi Apni Baat before Mani Ratnam cast him in his movie Alaipayuthey. Alaipyuthey had Shalini opposite Maddy. The was even remade in Hindi as Saathiya with Rani Mukherjee and Vivek Oberoi.
Rajiv, A Very Good Actor
Rajiv Khandelwal acted in a hit TV serial Kahiin Toh Hoga before making his debut film Aamir. Though the movie did not work, his acting was appreciated widely.
Ayushmann Turned Actor From Anchor
Ayushmann Khurrana was an anchor after winning MTV Roadies Season 2. His debut movie was Vicky Donor and we all know about its success.
Prachi Rocks On
Prachi Desai acted in TV serial Kasam Se opposite Ram Kapoor before making her first Bollywood movie with Farhan Aktar's Rock On.
Kapoor From TV To Bolly
Ram Kapoor acted in Rishtey, Kabhi Aaye Na Judaai, Kasam Se and acted in movies such as Karthik Calling Karthik, Udaan, Student Of the Year and so on.
Ronit Roy, A Good Actor
Ronit Roy acted in TV serials like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Adaalat, and many others, before making movies such as The Girl In Yellow Boots, Student Of The Year and Shootout At Wadala.
Yami Gautam, Multi Talented
Yami Gautam acted in Chan Ke Paar Chalo and Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam before making Vicky Donor.
She did Fair and Lovely ad and was also seen in Samsung mobile ad.
Sushant Singh's Pavitra TV Background
Sushant Singh Rajput who played Manav in the hit TV show Pavitra Rishta entered Bollywood through Kai Po Che. He did film with other two actors, Rajkumar Yadav and Amit Sadh who are also from TV background.
Barun Sobti From TV To Bolly
Barun Sobti acted in TV serials like Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon and Baat Hamari Pakki Hai before making movies such as 22 Yards and Main Aur Mr Right.