Sushant Singh Rajput’s third big movie has released and we can only marvel at how well he has portrayed our very own Captain Cool! With 2 hits and 1 blockbuster Sushant Singh Rajput, the small screen’s big hero, has made it clear that he is in Bollywood to stay. With his sheer talent and determination this actor has made a smooth transition from the idiot box to the silver screen.
And why not? For decades now, television has been considered to be a stepping stone to Bollywood. But is that really so? Television today has changed widely reach wise as well as content wise. Today, content wise television is in its best era, where the audiences want to see something new. The actors are getting a chance to portray different types of characters which showcases their talent even better. Today we have TV actors who are glamorized as much as Bollywood stars. Whereas actors like Ram Kapoor, Sakshi Tanwar, Shweta Tiwari have a varied and all-inclusive fanbase. The change in content has also given us a whole lot heartthrobs of the younger generation in TV today like Karan Singh Grover, Gurmeet Chaudhary and Karan Kundra to name a few.
These new generation stars have become the Khans and Kapoors of the TV industry! These are actors who have achieved a certain status in the television world, and have made their place in the industry over a period of time. But in the recent years we have seen that cinema and television have become overly correlated. Today cinema needs TV to promote itself and the television needs Bollywood actors to host or judge television shows to top the TRP charts.
With this line between the mediums getting thinner, the next obvious step for these successful TV actors becomes Bollywood. Of course. But what they don’t realise is that the line may be getting thinner, they are still 2 huge different mediums. The scope and stretch of Bollywood is very different from that of the tube. And not only the stretch but even the audience to a certain extent is different for these 2 mediums. What worked for them in the TV industry might not work in Bollywood! We’ve seen that a lot in the past even for celebrity kids. The popularity that they enjoy with the TV audience may not reflect in films.
But one would imagine that a film’s scale would have a role in its gamble. TV actors like Karan Wahi started off as supporting characters in big banner films but still could not succeed. The fact is that the Bollywood is a no formula industry. That is why most of the TV actors fail to make a mark in B-town. And the one place where all TV actors go wrong is pouncing on the first film offered to them. Patience should be the key for these actors. These are people with known faces that are changing mediums and this needs a lot of thought and deliberate efforts. TV stars like Sara Khan and Barun Sobati have made the made the mistake of leaving the debut shows (which made them immensely popular) to make an entry in films only to fail. Only to fail.
Actors like Karan Singh Grover, Amar Upadhyay, Aamna Sharif, Jennifer Winget have all made hurried decisions of signing the first films that came their way only to come back to TV (and failed at that too).
But there are also stars who have waited for the right break. Gurmeet Choudhary, for instance, had been receiving offers to do films since his hit TV show, Geet, in 2010. But he decided to make his debut with producer Mukesh Bhatt’s Khamoshiyan only a year back. “A TV actor needs a good producer and director to back him to be able to deliver a hit; I waited for the right break,” he says. Now, that’s the way to go forward Gurmeet! Even Sushant Singh Rajput only left the idiotbox when he had the assurance of UTV release.
All things said and done, one can only make it big in the industry if you are meant for the B-town. If you are a real hard worker and your luck is with you then you will carve a niche out for yourself in Bollywood too. But if you feel that the time is not right or your luck is not with you, than believe in what Sanjeeda Shaikh did, who says, “I would rather be an A-lister on TV than a nobody in Bollywood.”