As OTT platforms attack the entertainment sector, many Bollywood actors have ventured into web series. The COVID-19-induced lockdowns paved the way for this alternative entertainment platform that catered to the needs of internet viewers at the time of their choosing. It was also a time when each of us had time to revisit old classic movies and appreciate the stories of yesteryear. The importance acquired by the platform has also opened a new path for actors who are no longer the protagonists of the big screen. Actors like Madhuri Dixit, Kay Kay Menon, Saif Ali Khan, Sushmitha Sen and many more have chosen OTT platforms to make their comeback as lead roles.
Here is a list of Bollywood actors who have made a comeback with OTT web series.
#1 R. Madhavan
The 51-year-old actor who broke the internet with his recent show Decoupled was well appreciated by audiences and critics for his performance. The new age storyline surely gave him a breakthrough and has been in talks for many more shows. For someone at that age, it was a milestone. The actor was seen in many Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films back in the day and was also called the “Chocolate Boy”. Well known for his love stories and romantic scenes, the actor now wants to focus on making age-appropriate content based on one of his interviews.
#2 Madhuri Dixit
The idol of Indian film industry in the 80s and 90s, the gorgeous actress then turned to the small screen to judge various talent shows. She has now made a comeback with her new Netflix show The fame game and get everyone talking. With an interesting storyline, the show grabbed attention, giving Madhuri Ditix a new comeback in the acting field. Considered an evergreen beauty and dancing queen, Dixit has always been known for her expressions and grace. Some of his best performances were Devdas, Khal Nayak, Dil and Hum Aapke Hain Koun.
#3 Manoj Bajpayee
A multi-faceted actor who received three National Film Awards and the Padma Sri returned to fame with his performance in Amazon Original The man of the family. The middle class man and world class spy persona has earned him many accolades from fans and critics. He could also be credited with making the OTT platform a new addiction with his series. The actor is known for his performances in the 1990s in films such as Bandit Queen, Satya and Prem Katha. He has also starred in many TV shows.
#4 Raveena Tandon
The actor of yesteryear who made numerous appearances in TV shows recently made a comeback with the Netflix series Aranyak. The show which was in the top 10 on Netflix was loved by audiences across the country. The role of a brave policeman who is also a caring mother brought the actor back to Tandon and is expected to have a season 2. The actor was well known back then for his performances in Pattar Ke Phool, Dilwale, Laadla and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi.
#5 Kay Kay Menon
A theater artist who has succeeded in the film industry has now impressed with his performances on OTT platforms. With his shows Special operations and Special Ops 1.5, Menon got a lot of attention. The actor who shot to fame with his theatrical role alongside Naseeruddin Shah in Mahatma vs. Gandhi has also been a part of numerous TV shows. His starring role in the film Bhopal Express went unnoticed but he found his breakup with Ram Gopal Verma’s Sarkar, for which he also received Best Performance in a Negative Role.
#6 Sushmita Sen
The 1994 Miss Universe title winner had a successful acting career in the Indian film industry. From Biwi No. 1 in the 90s to Dulha Mil Gaya in 2010, she has seen many box office hits and flops. After a decade, the actor made a comeback with his OTT show Aarya in which she plays the role of an independent woman who seeks to protect her family and joins a mafia gang in order to avenge the murder of her husband. The show is adapted from the Dutch drama Penoza.
#7 Saif Ali Khan
A seasoned actor known for his charming looks and comedic timing is one of Bollywood’s biggest stars to break into the world of web series. The sacred games took over the internet and got everyone addicted to his performance. The actor who still shoots Bollywood movies in leading roles was one of those who chose to enter the OTT platform early. This decision turned out to be a huge success. The actor is widely known for his performances in Yeh Dillagi, Kachche Dhaage, Hum Saath-Saath Hain and Salaam Namaste.
#8 Shefali Shah
The Indian actress who has carved out a place for herself in film and television captivated audiences with her performance in Human, a web series on Disney+Hotstar. Shah is best known for her character roles in films such as Monsoon Wedding, Gandhi My Father, The Last Year, Karthik Calling Karthik and Dil Dhadakne Do. The actor has received numerous awards and accolades for his outstanding performances. She entered the web series game with a lead role as a doctor who becomes part of a huge scandal.
The recipient of multiple accolades and two National Film Awards, the actor of yesteryear made a comeback to acting with the series Bombay Begums on Netflix. The show was adored by the audience as it ranked in Netflix top 10. The actress known for her roles in Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Sadak, Junoon, Hum Dono and Border has also directed many films.
#10 Vivek Oberoi
Yet another actor who made an early entry into the OTT platform with the web series Inner edge in 2017. The Amazon Prime series has 3 seasons and is based on the theme of cricket. The actor who made his debut with Ram Gopal Varma’s Company in 2002 enjoyed numerous box office successes in the early 2000s. He rose to prominence for his roles in films such as Yuva and Omkar. He was very well known for the negative roles he played even in Telugu and Tamil movies.
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