Many a times, acting isn’t the primary profession of a star. They start their career in another field and end up becoming actors. Here are 6 Bollywood stars who started out as TV anchors:
1) Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann who has been on a roll with two back to back hits, ‘Andhadhun’ and ‘Badhai Ho!’, was a TV anchor and VJ on channel V before he began his acting career in 2012. Ayushmann Khurrana participated in PopStars – a reality show on channel V in the year 2002, when he was just 17. He also won Roadies 2 in 2004. His first job was at BIG FM where he hosted the show Big Chai – Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann. He moved on to become a VJ on MTV and worked in many MTV shows such as ‘MTV Fully Faltoo Movies’, ‘Cheque De India’ and ‘Jaadoo Ek Baar’. He turned television host with the talent based reality show ‘India’s Got Talent’, ‘Music Ka Maha Muqqabla’, ‘MTV Rock On’ and ‘Extra Innings T20’ for the Indian Premier League Season.
2) Aditya Roy Kapur
Aditya Roy Kapur was a VJ on channel V before he started his Bollywood career. ‘Aashiqui 2’ brought him in the limelight, but he was also a part of movies like ‘London Dreams’, ‘Guzaarish’, and ‘Action Replayy’ before ‘Aashiqui 2’. He did a show “Pakao” for Channel V, and also hosted the ‘India’s Hottest’ show.
3) Mahima Chaudhary
Mahima Choudhary who has worked in many Hindi movies, used to work as a VJ for Channel V before signing ‘Pardes’ in 1997. After winning the Miss India title in 1990, she did a few modelling assignments and appeared in several television commercials before venturing into films. Some of her most popular films include ‘Daag’, ‘Dhadkan’, ‘Kurukshetra’, ‘Dil Hai Tumhaara’, ‘Baghban’, ‘Dil Kya Kare’, and ‘Sajja’.
4) Shruti Seth
Shruti Seth, who worked in the film ‘Raajneeti’, used to host T.V. shows on channel V. She hosted ‘First Day First Show’ and ‘Junglee Jukebox’. She is known for her roles in ‘Fanaa’, ‘Tara Rum Pum’ and ‘Raajneeti’. ‘Raajneeti’ released in June 2010.
5) Mahira Khan
Mahira Khan, who is a popular Pakistani actress, also started her career as a VJ in 2008 when she was 16. She hosted the live show ‘Most Wanted’ on MTV Pakistan and ‘Weekand with Mahira’ on Aag TV. Before stepping into the Pakistan television industry, she tried her luck as a film artist. She made her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Raees’.
6) Malaika Arora
Malaika was selected as one of the MTV VJs when MTV India started its operations. She anchored programs like ‘Love Line’ and ‘Style Check’. Malaika also tried her hand at modeling and appeared in various advertisements. She also featured in Bally Sagoo’s famous song ‘Gur Naal Ishq Mitha’ along with Jas Arora. She has done various item numbers such as ‘Munni Badnaam Huyi’, ‘Chhaiya Chhaiya’, ‘Maahi Ve’ and ‘Anarkali Disco Chali’. Apart from these, she has also made cameo appearances in several films such as ‘Om Shanti Om’, ‘Bichhoo’, ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘Housefull’.
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