It is not unknown that our Bollywood stars enjoy immense popularity across the globe. However, over the past few years, several television actors have also made their way into the hearts of fans by entertaining them on the small screen. While TV was touted as a more tempting and easier medium of entertainment earlier, several standout performances lately blew our minds.
With December almost at an end, and the year drawing to a close, let’s analyze the 12 months gone by. And as we move into a new year, let’s discuss the best television actors who wowed us.
While a few have been around for a while, others rose to acting glory with their maiden shows. Did your favourite make a cut? Take a look!
Nakuul rose to fame with his role in the hit show Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara. However, it is his portrayal of Shivaay Singh Oberoi in Ishqbaaz, which really consolidated his position in the Indian TV industry. While his chemistry with co-star Surbhi Chandna makes the show a must watch, it would not be wrong to say that Nakuul is a powerhouse of talent and good looks. Not to forget, he also enjoys a huge female following… And why not? He’s definitely a looker!
Although Gautam has been around in TV and films for a while, it was his performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's show Saraswatichandra, opposite Jennifer Winget, that won him accolades. The juxtaposition of his good looks combined with on-screen acting intensity, casts the perfect spell. And he is able to do so once again with his latest show, Kaal Bhairav Rahasya 2.
With the tremendous success of shows like Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani and Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Vivian can safely be called one of TV’s most successful actors. He is currently seen in the show Shakti — Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki as Harman Singh. His towering screen presence coupled with his good looks has a seal of approval from critics and the audience alike.
Shaheer left everyone impressed with his portrayal of Arjun in the mythological show Mahabharat. His popularity grew by leaps and bounds post this and there was no looking back ever since. From his ruthless and careless Casanova avatar in Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi, to the charming Salim in Colors TV's Dastaan-E-Mohabbat: Salim Anarkali, Shaheer has made it clear that he is here to stay!
Mohsin currently plays the main lead as Kartik Goenka, in Star Plus' Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. His signature charm, good looks and compelling onscreen persona certainly makes him stand tall amongst the actors of the current lot.
Mohit is synonymous with mythological and historical characters on the small screen, be it Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev and Mahabharat earlier, or later portraying the adult emperor Ashoka in Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat. But despite his similar roles, he manages to surprise each time with his never-before-seen finesse, thereby allowing his popularity to gain momentum with each passing year. Mohit can walk the talk and talk the walk of any historical character. He does so once again in 21 Sarfarosh – Saragarhi 1897, in which he plays the lead role of Havildar Ishar Singh.
Arjun has done several well-known shows like Left Right Left, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi, in his career. However, it was his nuanced and in control performance as foil to Mouni Roy’s Naagin in Ekta Kapoor’s show, that won everyone’s hearts. Currently starring as Deep Raj Singh in Ishq Mein Marjawan, Arjun once again manages to impress with his expressions and simple, yet charming persona.
From his boyish charm in Left Right Left and Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil to his onscreen presence in Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava, Harshad turned the tables with his unconventional choices of roles. Currently starring in the romantic saga Bepannaah opposite Jennifer Winget, Harshad’s highly convincing and impressive act that comes after years of experience, is worth a watch.
Having been around in the television industry for over a decade, Mohit’s acting finesse made show-makers sit up and take notice every time. A veteran in this list, the man definitely has what it takes and is known to not overdo anything, thereby maintaining an equilibrium with the demand of a show. Currently playing the lead role of the subservient Sikandar Singh Gill in the musical Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala, Mohit has been widely appreciated by critics and audiences alike.
Ever since he started acting on television, Shabbir’s bad boy image has been his USP in every show. Establishing himself as a renowned name on the small screen, he has been seen in several Bollywood films as well. Currently featuring in Kumkum Bhagya and its spin off, Kundali Bhagya, Shabbir leaves no chance to showcase his effortless transformation from entertainer to weighty performer. And we just cannot thank him enough for rising to the occasion with every single role!
Karan started his career with Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki in the year 2000 and went on to star in other Balaji Telefilms' shows as well, including Kasautii Zindagii Kay and Kasamh Se. Currently playing the role of Raman Bhalla in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, Karan's chemistry with co-star Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya is much appreciated. Despite being around for a long time, he is one actor who has left everyone impressed with each and every role that he takes up.
If you know of any other actors who have done an exceptional job in the telly world, do let us know!