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Indian television has seen a major upheaval of change with the current times. Gone are the days when the typical daily soaps would portray unrealistic characters who would literally fight everything impossibly humane. They have now been replaced with a more modern and realistic approach where every character is a shade of grey apart and has a story to narrate.
Moreover, these television shows have led to many actors receive immense stardom and become a household name in no time. But, do we know that not many television actors have had a smooth start in their careers so as to be launched into unparalleled fame like they’re generally accepted as? Well then, take a look at these popular actresses on the Indian television who had to even work in B-grade films, in their journey to become successful.
Urvashi Dholakia rose to fame with her popular portrayal of the vamp, ‘Komolika’ in the hit serial, Kasauti Zindagi Kay. After gaining massive fame, she went on to add another feather to the cap of her achievements and became the winner of the reality show, Bigg Boss 6. But, a relatively lesser-known fact about her is that during a specific period of her career, she was a part of a B-grade film, Swapnam released in the Malayalam language.
Television’s most favourite ‘Dayaben’, Disha Vakani rose to a household stature with the portrayal of the aforementioned character in the sitcom, Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma. While the actress has taken a sabbatical currently from her acting spree, she too has worked in a B-grade film titled, Kamsin: The Untouched.
Rashami Desai is one of the most versatile actresses of her generation. She kickstarted her journey as a television actress with the serial, Uttaran, which made her quite successful. Thereafter, she had been a part of many projects and music videos for the small screen, making her name a household favourite. Nevertheless, during a point in her career before she saw the silver lining of fame, the actress had to work in many B-grade Bhojpuri films, such as Lamhe Judaai Ke.
Payal Rohatgi entered in the showbiz world by participating in the Femina Miss India pageant, post which she won the title of Supermodel Miss Tourism World. Thereafter, she made her modelling career through various brand advertisements, leading her to bag a few roles in films and serials. It was finally her breakthrough stint in Bigg Boss in the year 2008 which made her all the more popular. Payal interestingly was a part of a few Hindi B-grade films, such as Tauba Tauba and Ek Se Mera Kya Hoga.
Archana Puran Singh has received a lot of appreciation for her infectious laugh as the emcee in The Kapil Sharma Show. Moreover, the actress had been a part of several films, such as Mohabbatein, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Raja Hindustani, Bol Bachchan among others. But before reaching the pinnacle of success, the actress had to work her way out by being a part of B-grade films, such as Raat Ke Gunah.
Sambhavna Seth has been one of the most popular faces of both the silver screen as well as the television fraternity. She has been a part of innumerable films, serials and reality shows, giving her wide recognition. Currently, the actress has also taken up the hat of being a vlogger on her YouTube channel. Interestingly, before making it big in the showbiz world, the actress has worked in B-grade Bhojpuri films as well as a C-grade song.
Sana Khan shocked everyone when she bid adieu to her prosperous acting career and married the man of her dreams, Mufti Anas Sayed. While the actress is missed terribly by her fans, she has left a plethora of work behind, which included several films in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, along with quite a few serials and songs. However, there had been a point in her career when she worked for a B-grade film titled, Climax.
Shama Sikander is one such actress in the television world who joined the industry as an actress in B-grade films. Among them, it was the one titled, Basti that created a lot of buzz and controversy for the actress’ character in it. Nevertheless, she has also been a part of many other positive shows and films, like Mann, Prem Aggan, Bypass Road among others.
What do you think about these actresses who worked in B-grade films?