From Small To Big Screen
Here we give you a round-up of anchors-turned-actors who have dotted the Bollywood map. While some flourished, others perished under intense competition. Here have a look!
Malaika Arora Khan
Acting is not up her alley, but dancing definitely is. Say hello to this VJ-turned-item girl. When she was not dancing atop trains, she was busy giving relationship advice in her popular chat show Love Line or fashion tips in Style Check.
The Sudan-born, Australian-bred Indian actress is a VJ who landed in Mumbai to become a hairdresser. But instead of snipping hair, she found herself acting in films including Mumbai Matinee and Virudh opposite John Abraham. She's still waiting for her big break.
Aditya Roy Kapur
He started off as VJ and was known for his witty persona. But his first love was always Bollywood. He took the plunge with London Dreams and took on supporting roles in Action Replayy and Guzaarish where he played the apprentice magician to Ethan Mascarenhas (Hrithik Roshan) with aplomb. Currently, he's working on Ayaan Mukherjee's Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.
This former VJ followed in her sister Malaika Arora Khan's footsteps. But instead of concentrating on dancing, she attempted acting. She started her acting career with Kitne Door Kitne Paas. She topped her acting account with supporting roles in flops such as Kambhakkht Ishq. Currently, she has hung up her designer boots and is now a doting mother.
Vinay Pathak And Ranvir Shorey
Here are two talents who have enjoyed tremendous success in both television and cinema. While they started their career by anchoring Oye on Channel V together, they did not goof around in films. Their iconic 2007 hit Bheja Fry opened their Bollywood account.
He started his career by mocking Bollywood personalities and films by fronting spoof show Rendezvous with Semi Girebaal – a funny take on chat show by star Simi Garewal and Full Faltoo. But now he's desperately trying to be a part of that world. Playing the rich brat Randhir Ghambir in Aisha and taking on the role of a sleazy photographer in Delhi 6 are a part of his learning curve.
Last seen in Aamir Khan's Delhi Belly as Imran Khan's fiancé, Treasurywala was known as one of the chirpiest VJs. In 2003, she made her debut in Shahid Kapoor's launch pad, Ishq Vishq. The film was a hit, but the spotlight was all on Shahid. She has now moved on to screenplay writing. Her last work was Luv Ka The End. She wrote the script and also made a cameo in the film.
Bollywood's veteran director Subhash Ghai spotted Ritu Chaudhry while she was hosting a show for a music channel. Though he found her dazzling, he didn't fancy her name. After re-christening her, Bollywood's legendary showman showcased her in 2003 blockbuster Pardes opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to capitalise on her dream debut innings.
The London-bred Chaudhry appears in all the style pages but she wasn't able to make inroads into Bollywood films. Despite featuring in a handful of Bollywood films such as Pyar Ke Side Effects, Heyy Baby and Kidnap, none of her performances left any lasting impression. The same couldn't be said about her solo singing career. Her album Baby Love, released in 2003, was warmly welcomed.
Kohli has done it all with aplomb. Be it selling toothpaste or pizza with a smile or playing the charming musician in Rock On!! his stint in tween-drama Hip Hip Hurray also got him rave reviews. However, we are yet to see him in solo projects.