In television industry, reality shows enjoy a lion’s share not just for entertainment, but also in transforming unknown faces into the rising stars and even superstars. When most winners did wonder just once, there are some who used it as a ticket to stardom. So, let’s have a look at some of the most popular faces who started their career from reality shows.
The world-renowned Indian actor, TV host, stand-up comedian, singer, producer and what not. First of all, let’s congratulate him for being ranked 93rd in India Celebrity List of Forbes in 2013. Now he jumped up to 33rd next year 2014. He has been honored with 3rd Most Admired Indian Personality in 2015 by The Economic Times. He was working in Hasde Hasande Rayo, a comedy show in MH One before getting first break of his life in the Great Indian Laughter Challenge in Star One. It was one of the 9 reality shows he has been the winner. In 2007, he won the show along with prize money of whopping 10 Lakhs.
Then he ventured into Comedy Circus in Sony Entertainment Television. He won 6 seasons there. He became the host of a comedy show Chhote Miyan and Season 6 of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, a dance reality show. In 2003, he started up his own production house K9 Productions and launched the show Comedy Nights with Kapil on Colors. The show became so popular that our PM Narendra Modi nominated him for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) and he accepted it. On September 2015, he made his debut in Bollywood with a romantic comedy from Abbas Mustan, Kis Kisko Pyar Karoon.
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After winning several hearts in classical music, he participated in Fame Gurukul 2005, a singing reality show. Though he failed in the finals then, he is ruling the singing industry now like a boss. Along with being a Singer, Arijit is a writer, badminton player, a documentary maker and a movie buff. He got praised by various artists for his work. Famous singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan loves Arijit’s voice and Ankit Tiwari’s singing. According to Shreya Ghoshal, he has soulful and versatile voice. According to Kunal Ganjawala, he is the fantastic gift to the industry.
His melodious voice and twinkling eyes are what he is known for. He became reality show host and actor. He was one of the top 5 finalists in Season 3 of Indian Idol. He became the host because of his charm. He got a break in Yash Raj’s Badmaash Company and tasted success. He frequently hosts award functions and reality shows.
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He always admired adventure sports as an army kid. His ‘never say die’ attitude made him the winner of MTV Roadies Season 1. He hosted various shows, along with next seasons of MTV Roadies. He got his first break in Bollywood with “Toss: A Flip of Destiny” and some other movies like “London Dreams” and “Action Replay”.
The shining star of singing industry, Shreya Ghoshal started her career from a singing reality show “Sa Re Gama Pa”. The playback singer has done recording for music in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Nepali, Malayalam, Bhojpuri, Assamese, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi and other Indian languages. She has been honored with 5 Filmfare Awards, 4 National Film Awards, 6 Screen Awards, 7 IIFA Awards and 8 South Filmfare Awards.
The Indian singer and film actor was a VJ, RJ and a reality show contestant, MTV Roadies Season 2 in which he was the winner. He got his first break in Vicky Donor from Shoojit Sircar which was a superhit film based on sperm donation. He got positive feedback from both critics and public for his performance, and the rest is his history.
He is a talented and young boy from a decent family background. He started his journey with DID L’il Masters 2, a dance reality show in Zee TV. His agile footwork and angelic face made him the winner of the show. A highly acclaimed production house instantly noticed his photogenic face and immediately casted him in the lead role at “Bharat ka Veer Putra Maharana Pratap”, a historic show. Then he got back to his passion ‘dancing’ by taking part in “Jhalak Reloaded” on Colors, a celeb dance reality show.
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The former Indo-Canadian pornographic actress, and a model-turned-actress, Sunny Leone was titled among the Top 12 Porn Stars in 2010 by Maxim. Her real name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra. Before venturing into Bollywood industry, she participated in a famous celebrity reality show Bigg Boss, where filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt approached her for the lead role in upcoming film Jism 2, during her stay in Bigg Boss House. Now she has become a popular face in industry by doing some other films like Ek Paheli Leela, Hate Story 2, and others.
Also known as VJ Bani, the MTV India presenter and Indian actress is also known for her performance on silver screen, along with MTV. She was featured in Aap Ka Surroor, starring Himesh Reshammiya. Her upcoming venture is a Punjabi film, Zorawar, featuring Mukul Dev, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Pawan Malhotra and Achint Kaur where she plays Zoya, an assassin. She also started her career with Roadies. She is also known for her tattoos.
He participated in three reality shows. He is aptly known for singing a famous romantic song “Phir Mohabbat Karne Chala Hai Tu”. He was approached by the world-renowned singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam during a concert in Hyderabad where he recommended his talent to legendary singer A R Rahman. And Rahman offered him to give playback vocals for Raavan, directed by Mani Ratnam in 2010. He is among the most popular contestants in Sa Re Gama Pa and Amul Star Voice of India. But he won Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar Season 2. He started recording his songs for several films and he gave several hit songs to the industry.