Tube to Bolly-nama!

By HT

New Delhi, Dec. 17 -- The new generation of TV actors is in a rush to bag lead roles in movies, and many, such as Barun Sobti, have even succeeded. Manish Paul, Jay Bhanushali, Karan Kundra, Karanvir Bohra, Hussain Kuwajerwala and Sara Khan are some of the other TV actors who have made their Bollywood debuts with lead roles.

However, the common thread linking these films, is the fact that they haven't performed too well at the box office. While most of the films featuring TV actors have flopped, including Manish's Mickey Virus (2013) and Jay's Hate Story 2. A few such as Karan's Horror Story (2013) have only been average grossers. Nonetheless, there continues to be a steady stream of actors still vying to make it big in Bollywood.

Insiders blame the TV actors' lack of patience for their poor performance on the big screen. "Many rush in to sign whatever is offered to them instead of waiting for the right break. They don't look at the producer, director, story or budget of the film," says the insider.

Gurmeet Choudhary, for instance, has been receiving offers to do films since his hit TV show, Geet, in 2010. But he decided to make his debut with producer Mukesh Bhatt's Khamoshiyan only a few months ago. "A TV actor needs a good producer and director to back him to be able to deliver a hit; I waited for the right break," he says.

The other TV stars who are also set to make their Bollywood debuts soon include Karan Singh Grover (with Alone, alongside Bipasha Basu), Kapil Sharma (Abbas-Mustan's next with Elli Avram) and Jennifer Winget (with Phir Se costarring Kunal Kohli).