Karan Singh Grover: Indian television’s heartthrob, who earned a huge teenage fanbase with Dil Mil Gaye as Dr Armaan Malik, failed to make a mark in bollywood. His debut film Alone got him wife Bipasha Basu, but lacked any critical acclaim or box office success. His next two films Hate Story 3 and 3 Dev also left the audience disappointed.
Aamna Sharif: Her Television debut with Rajeev Khandelwal in Kahin To Hoga instantly brought her fame. The show was a huge success and so was Aamna. But then she left TV for Bollywood and even though she delivered two films in one year, both opposite Aftab Shivdasani, none of them worked and Aamna’s Bollywood career never took flight
Jai Bhanushali: The popular TV actor and reality show anchor made his Bollywood debut with the film Hate Story 2 and continued his film career with movies like Desi Kattey and Ek Paheli Leela, both of which failed at the box office and didn’t impress the audience.
Karan Wahi: Remix actor Karan, who had thousands of teenagers crushing over him, made his debut in 2014 with a supporting role in Daawat-e-Ishq. After his cameo in the movie, the actor recently worked in Hate Story 4, which performed averagely at the box office. Wahi is still expected to do a role that actually allows him to show his acting abilities, but we don’t know how long that is going to take.
Gurmeet Choudhary: The angry young man of Indian television, who rose to popularity with the soap Geet Hui Sabse Parai made his Bollywood debut via Khamoshiyaan, which didn’t work with the audiences and failed massively at the box office.
Maniesh Paul: The star compere made his Bollywood debut as the lead in Micky Virus (2014) followed by Tere Bin Laden 2. Both movies did no justice to his immense comic timing and fun personality. The films failed with the critics and the box office.
Kapil Sharma: His Bollywood debut in Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karoon (2015) seemed to have had a promising film career ahead of him, but his downfall was as dramatic as his fame. His second home production Firangi was a disaster at the box office. The so-called ‘Comedy king of India’ Kapil Sharma, who is reportedly battling depression, has featured in headlines for all the wrong reasons in the last few months.
Barun Sobti: The actor became a household name with his show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon (2012) opposite Sanaya Irani. Post the serial, he decided to try his luck in Bollywood. His debut Mai Aur Mr. Right was a big flop. After one more attempt with the movie Tu Hai Mera Sunday, he came back to the small screen with a web series.
Rannvijay Singha: The popular MTV VJ and Roadies’ winner is a role model for all aspiring Roadies and a favorite among women too. But then his first ever Bollywood movie, Toss: A Flip With Destiny came out and it did not work very well. He has played side characters in a number of movies like London Dreams and Action Replay since then but nothing major. Now he is back to TV as a Roadies host.
Anita Hassanandani Reddy: The Naagin 3 actress, who rose to fame with the daily soap Kabhi Sautan Kabhi Saheli, has already established herself in Indian television. She tried her luck in Bollywood with Krishna Cottage and Kucch Toh Hai (2004), but was sent back by the audiences. She has been concentrating on television ever since.