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Superstars of Indian small screen
While the Bollywood superstars are larger than life, the small screen superstars are like members of our house. They make us laugh, cry and feel ecstatic and they deserve the tag of being our own 'superstars.'

THE INITIAL days of television would always be known as the golden era. What they lacked in set, camera resolutions and dresses in serials such as Aashirwad, Saabhimaan, Banegi Apni Baat and Dekh Bhai Dekh, they made up in content and impeccable acting skills.

However, with years the look and feel of television changed and gaudy sets, heavy makeup and time leaps became the norm with Ekta Kapoor as the reigning queen. Though that did not last either as currently the Indian television is dominated with reality television. People making it big in some reality TV are the hot favorites of the audience.

The most popular of such characters are Kapil and Bharti, the two gems of Comedy Circus. If something is more adorable than Sohail Khan's vivacious one liners and Archana Singh's guffaws, then it is both Kapil and Bharti. Perfect comic timing and the ability to keep a straight face are the only two common grounds between these two actors. They definitely deserve the tag of superstars, not just comedians, as they have proved themselves in other ways as well. Bharti was recently seen shaking a leg in Jhalak Dhikla Jaa and making impromptu jokes about her size.

Every small screen actor's dream is to finally make it to the big screen and starting from SRK and R Madhavan, many known faces did make that leap. The most recent one to take such a successful leap was Ayushman Khurana. A Delhi boy, who won MTV Roadies and went on to become a radio jockey was soon seen hosting reality television, then to be casted as our very own Vicky in Vicky Donor. The film made him an instant household name and he also showed that he was truly a superstar of the small television with much possibility of making it big in life.

Another actress who is taking baby steps towards her goal is Prachi Desai, the petite lass who made her television debut with Kasam Se at the age of 17, soon became the favourite bahu in one of the television awards. The winning of Jhalak Dhikla Jaa made producers see her potential and Rock On came knocking on her door, with Once upon a Time in Mumbai closely following. This low profile actress is never heard of in print but she is making slow but sure progress in her career and audience have more than once acknowledged the fact that she is a superstar of her age.

Hussain is an out and out superstar of the small television as with age he is getting hip, young and more handsome. Many would compare him with wine but he is like the clothes that never get old. Right from Kumkum, where Sumit made millions of hearts beat faster to Nach Baliye, he was appreciated and won awards for everything he did. Then he started anchoring and soon became the go to anchor with his crisp style of comparing in Indian Idol, Nach Baliye and Dance Premier league. He also started playing the part of Zangoora in a musical of the same name in Kingdom of Dreams. Like a superstar he dabbled and is still dabbling in as many creative opportunities as he gets.

Last but not the least is Mona Singh, who used make-up to turn ugly in Jassi Jasi Koi Nahin and made it a super successful serial. Although based on a Hollywood tele-series, Jassi was a true Punjaban with her mannerism and eccentricities. Her alter ego almost shadowed her real existence but then Jhalak Dhikla Jaa came across and we got a glimpse of the diva under the spectacles and head bangs.

Thus all these people are memorable and create memory for the audience with everything they do. However, the dearth of real good serials is very much felt as reality television is good but the enjoyment of a good story can only come across from the fiction.

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