Mumbai: Making it big in Bollywood is the dream of many. Similar has been the case with many popular television celebrities. Unable to reach heights of popularity in Bollywood, they moved on to television and tried their luck on the small screen. Surprisingly, these celebrities gained their long-awaited fame through their time on television.
Shamita Shetty rose to immense fame after her time at Bigg Boss 15. The actress, who started her career with Mohabbatein in 2000, is still known for her cameo role in Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai. However, in 2021, she decided to participate in Bigg Boss OTT and went ahead to do Bigg Boss 15. It was after her time in reality TV that Shamita managed to earn a place in the hearts of fans. . Today, she is one of the most popular celebrities and is often sought after.
Dilip Joshi worked in movies for almost 20 years before getting his big break with the show Taarak Mehta. He has been in many Bollywood films including Salman Khan‘s Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun! among others. During these years, Dilip also worked in television. However, it was after TMKOC that he achieved massive success and fame.
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Sudhanshu Pandey is another actor who gained his long-awaited fame through his latest stint on television. The handsome actor, who made his film debut with Khiladi 420 in 2000, has been in many other popular films, including Murder 2 and Singham. However, with his stint in Anupamaa, the actor got what he had been looking for all these years.
From Rocket Singh: Seller of the Year to Ishqzaade, Gauahar Khan has been part of some massively successful Bollywood films over the years. However, it was her win at Bigg Boss 7 that gave her the recognition she had been looking forward to all these years.
Actor Abdul alias Sharad Sankla of Taarak Mehta had done several films before appearing in the sitcom. From Baazigar to Baadshah, he has been a part of many great Bollywood movies. However, it was after his appearance in Taarak Mehta that he rose to prominence. Additionally, he is recognized with his character name ‘Abdul’ more than his real name.
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Bigg Boss OTT Raqesh Bapat started his acting career with the movie Tum Bin in 2001? He continued to make films until 2005 when he tried his luck in television with Saat Phere. Raqesh gained recognition for his negative role in the series and continued to work in television. He went ahead with television shows and also worked in films simultaneously. It was with the show Maryaada that Raqesh had a huge success. Thereafter, he continued his work in television and did a few other shows including Qubool Hai, Bahu Humari Rajnikant and others.
Taarak Mehta’s Nattu kaka aka the late Ghanshyam Nayak started his career as a child artist in 1960, Ghanshyam Nayak worked in movies for years. However, it seems to be his destiny to be recognized by television. His appearance in TMKOC as Nattu kaka earned him name and fame. The actor, who died in 2021 while battling a fatal illness, is still known by his character name Nattu Kaka.