YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW THIS BUT MANY OF OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL FILMMAKERS TODAY STARTED OUT THEIR CAREERS IN TELEVISION, DIRECTING SOAP OPERAS, REALITY SHOWS AND CHAT SHOWS! WELCOME TO THE CRAZY WORLD OF SHOWBIZ WHERE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!


VIVEK KAR

There used to be a time when television was regarded as a low brow medium by the inhabitants of Bollywood. To be on television was to kill whatever career you might have had in films. No actor or film personality worth their reputations would have anything to do with TV. If you had to be on television in India, it was only for a chat show or some interview or if you were retired and had landed a character role in a serial. That was ancient history. In the last decade or so, there has been a revolution of sorts. Today, if you are a Bollywood star and do not have your own chat show or have not made an appearance in a dance show or some such program, you are nobody! Many actors have in fact made the jump from TV to the silver screen as well. Now, did you know that there have been many filmmakers too who started their careers on the idiot box and have successfully made the transition to Bollywood! Not just that, the success rate of such filmmakers has been very impressive to say the least.

Anurag Basu The first name on our list is Anurag Basu. Today, Anurag Basu is one of the most successful television- turned- Bollywood directors. Before he became such a household name, the serials and shows he directed were truly household names. Basu has directed one of the longest running soaps of the 1990s alt39 Taraalt39 that also launched the career of actress Navneet Nishan! His other successful works in television were alt39 Saturday Suspensealt39, alt39 X- Zonealt39, Balaji Telefilms alt39 Koshish Ek Aashaaalt39 and many more. Anurag has also directed many Bengali soaps including alt39 Ke Hobe Biggestalt39. Finally, after making his mark on the small screen, it was not too long after which Anurag decided to shift to Bollywood. The director made his debut with alt39 Kucch To Haialt39, which was a big failure. Then Basus fate changed forever when he joined the Bhatt camp. Anurag got his first big break with the horror movie titled alt39 Saayaalt39 made for the Vishesh Films banner. There was no looking back and Anurag even boldly declared that he would never return to the small screen again. Then alt39 Murderalt39 happened, alt39 Gangsteralt39 and alt39 Life in a Metroalt39 and his success meter shot through the roof. The director now works only with the big stars! Today Anurag is counted among the A- list of Bollywood directors and has an upcoming movie called alt39 Barfeealt39 starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.

Imitiaz Ali Director imtiaz Ali started his career with television shows such as alt39 Purushhetraalt39 for Zee TV, alt39 X Zonesalt39, alt39 Rishteyalt39 and alt39 Imtihaanalt39 for Star Plus. The director was not so successful in his television career but his life took a twist when he decided to take a step towards Bollywood. Imtiaz debuted with the film alt39 Socha Na Thaalt39 which was released in 2005. The film was a failure at the box office but it did not stop Imtiazs fame in BTown.

In 2007, the director made the hit film alt39 Jab we Metalt39 starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor that became almost a cullt classic with its unusual story and fantastic songs. Imtiaz Ali had arrived. Soon after alt39 Jab We Metalt39, the director made his next film titled alt39 Love Aaj Kalalt39 which turned out to be Saif Ali Khans biggest success. It was also a sensational film because it also starred a Brazillian named Giselli Monteiro who was seen in a Punjabi girls role. The fact that a foreigner could play an Indian girl was a sensational revelation and made Imtiaz a visionary filmmaker. Now, Imtiazs next venture will be a film titled alt39 Rockstaralt39 in which he has worked with Ranbir Kapoor ( again!) and Pakistani actress Nargis Fakhri. The director who was once struggling in his television career is now one of the most

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