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Bollywood kings who transitioned smoothly to web shows

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OTT is the new frontier and Bollywood kings, the vеtеran actors who have shone on the silver screen for years, have been at pains to make their mark on this new terrain. After spending over 5 dеcadеs in Bollywood (he started in the 1969 film Sajan), Shatrughan Sinha is dipping his toes in the OTT waters with a crime drama Gangs of Ghaziabad on a yet to be announced OTT platform.

Sinha will star in the upcoming show with Ashutosh Rana, Pradeep Nagar, Jatin Sarna, Abhimanyu Singh, Mukesh Tiwari, Mahira Sharma, and Sunny Leone.  Set in the tumultuous underworld of 90s Western Uttar Pradesh, the series is written and directed by Nagender Choudhary. Sinha’s last cinematic appearance was the 2018 film “Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se”.

Sinha isn’t alone in making the transition to OTT as the opportunities on the big screen dry up and the lure of the digital screen swells. Here are 4 veteran Bollywood actors who have made their mark in web shows in the last few years, and have impressed us with their acting prowess on the smaller screens too.

Pankaj Tripathi

After minor roles in Omkara and Raavan and Agneepath, Pankaj Tripathi’s journey took a turn with the 2012 film “Gangs of Wassеypur” and then the 2017 “Nеwton” which fetched him a National Award. as Khanna Guruji, a spiritual leader alongside Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kalki Koechlin and Ranvir Shorey in the second season of the neo-noir crime thriller Sacred Games (2018–19), which earned him high critical acclaim and a second nomination for the Filmfare OTT Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

He also starred in the Disney+ Hotstar legal drama web series Criminal Justice as a lawyer. And reprised his role in the second (Behind Closed Doors (2020)) and third season (Adhura Sach (2022)). The second season earned him a nomination for the Filmfare OTT Award for Best Actor In A Drama Series. While he continues to dazzle on the big screen, OMG2 being his latest, he has now made his mark again. So, with the titular role in the biographical drama Main Atal Hoon.

Manoj Bajpayее

Throughout his acting career, Manoj Bajpayее has consistently pushed thе boundaries. And always captured audiеncеs with his raw talеnt and charisma. Satya on the big screen may have been his biggest break in Bollywood, but on the digital screens, he has left an indelible mark – first as Srikant Tiwari in both seasons of  the web show “Thе Family Man”. The 2023 film which again made an OTT splash Sirf Ek Banda Kaafi Hai, Killer Soup. The series that portrayed him in a unique role earlier this year, are all testimony to his prodigious talent.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

From a once struggling actor to one of the industry’s top performers. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has proven to be an amazing talent house on the big screen. Nawazuddin made his Bollywood debut in 1999, with a small role in Sarfarosh starring Aamir Khan, then went on to star in films like Gangs of Wasseypur, The Lunchbox, Raman Raghav 2.0, and Manto, among others. As many as eight films in which he features have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Siddiqui then smoothly made the transition to OTT with web shows like “Sacrеd Gamеs”, where he portrayed a volatilе gangstеr with a troublеd past, Ganеsh Gaitondе. His role as a transgender in Zee5 revenge saga Haddi in late 2023 fetched him much critical appreciation.

Sanjay Kapoor

Sanjay Kapoor started his film career in 1995 but it is only in the last few years. That he has touched heights of popularity, thanks mainly to the web shows he has been starring in. He is known for playing Anil Kapoor’s youngеr brothеr in “Thе Last Hour”. He dеlvеd into the complexities of a character filled with mystеry and intriguе. After he starred with wife Maheep Kapoor in The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives. And he has appeared in the Fame Game with Madhuri Dixit, The Gone Game and Made in Heaven. 2024 has started with a bang for Kapoor with appearances in Merry Christmas. Furthermore, with Katrina Kaif on Netflix, and Murder Mubarak, also on Netflix.

There are several more Bollywood kings out there who are busy making their mark by appearing on web shows. Wait for our updates as Reelstars brings you more names!

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Meet Mumbai’s Dancing Cop Amol Kamble

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Have you ever come across any policeman who is not only brave and dutiful but is also a great dancer? Let us introduce you to Mumbai’s cop Amol Kamble who is full of energy and can impress anyone with his dance moves. The 40-year-old Amol is now being lovingly called ‘Mumbai’s dancing cop’. He is a police naik in Mumbai police.

The livewire Amol Kamble has two sides to his personality. When he is on duty, he is one obedient cop while off duty he showcases his dancing skills. Amol has become an internet star and his videos often go viral for his passion for dance.

His viral video on Chaleya

His previous popular dancing video was on the Shah Rukh Khan and Nayanthara starrer song Chaleya from the film Jawan. The video has garnered more than 6 million views.

When real cop met ‘Reel’ cop Ranveer Singh

He regularly posts videos of him dancing on the streets of Mumbai. However the icing on the cake was when he shot a video with Bollywood’s ‘Reel’ cop Ranveer Singh, who is known for his character Simmba. In the reel, Amol is seen featuring on the theme tunes of Simmba along with Ranveer.

Shares a stage with Farah Khan and Bharti Singh

He was called upon the stage of Umang 2022 on the song Zingaat with Farah Khan and comedian Bharti Singh. The celebs and other Mumbai police force present at the award function applauded him for his moves.

Amol’s encounter with TikTok sensation Noel Robinson

Recently Amol took the internet by storm after he performed on the streets of Mumbai with TikTok sensation Noel Robinson. In the skit video, Noel pretends to be a robber and snatches a mobile phone from an elderly man on a road. While escaping, he bumps into the Mumbai cop who directs him to return the phone to the man. Later, they are seen dancing to singer Rema’s chartbuster ‘Calm Down’.

About Amol Kamble

Kamble is currently posted at Naigaon Police Headquarters. A resident of Mahim, Amol joined the police force in 2004. He is pursuing his childhood dream of dancing besides serving for the Mumbai Police Department. Amol’s elder brother is a choreographer and professional dancer. As a youngster, he accompanied his brother to dance shows and performed as a background dancer.

His Instagram popularity!  

He was on TikTok and had almost 1 lakh followers. Due to the ban of the app, he then started posting random dance videos on Instagram and started getting noticed. His fan following is rising massively and he currently has 394K followers. His Instagram bio describes his personality perfectly. It reads, “Mumbai Police on field. Artist By ❤️. Desh ki seva ke liye Mai haazir. Dil ki seva ke liye Mera Dance haazir”. His work on social media has been well-recognised by media and entertainment fraternities.

His achievements!

The dancing cop Amol Kamble has been given an award during the Zee Rishtey Award ceremony and has also won other social media and internet sensation-related awards.

Here’s saluting him for his passion and dedication!

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Seoul Searching: A K-Drama Fan’s Pilgrimage Through Seoul

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Planning a trip to South Korea? First stop? Seoul, of course! Seoul pulses with energy, a vibrant metropolis where ancient palaces brush shoulders with neon skyscrapers. But for K-drama fans, Seoul transforms into a living drama set, brimming with scenes we’ve laughed and cried through. So, lace up your walking shoes and get ready to revisit your favorite K-drama moments on this Seoul adventure!

Itaewon

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Head to Itaewon first! This neighborhood bursts with global energy, a mishmash of trendy bars, BBQ restaurants, and hidden-gem shops. Channel your inner Park Sae-Roy from “Itaewon Class” and grab a drink at the iconic Oriole Bar, with its rooftop boasting city views that steal the show. Be prepared to spot locations from countless other dramas, as this dynamic district serves as a backdrop for all sorts of K-drama stories.

Namsan Tower

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Next, ascend to Namsan Tower, Seoul’s very own love letter to the city. Featured in dramas like “Boys Over Flowers” and “My Love From Another Star,” this iconic tower offers breathtaking 360-degree views. Time your visit for sunset and watch the city transform into a twinkling tapestry of lights – a guaranteed rom-com worthy moment.

Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway

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Calling all “Goblin” and “The Beauty Inside” fans! The Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway is a must-visit. Picture yourself strolling beneath the changing leaves, the fiery hues of autumn or delicate blush of spring framing your perfect K-drama moment. This picturesque path leads you to the Deoksugung Palace and Seoul Museum of Art, making it a delightful stop for both cultural immersion and K-drama nostalgia.

Han River

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The Han River isn’t just a waterway, it’s a silent witness to countless K-drama stories. From the romantic cruises featured in dramas to the heartbreak walks along its banks, the Han River has seen it all. Take a moment to recreate your favorite scene at Yeouido Hangang Park, or simply soak in the beauty of the river, especially during the colorful seasons of spring and autumn.

Lotte World

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Unleash your inner child at Lotte World, a sprawling entertainment complex featuring an indoor theme park and an outdoor wonderland. Go bumper car crazy like Kang Tae-Mu and Shin Ha-Ri from “Business Proposal” or reenact that epic ice-skating scene from “True Beauty.” But wait, there’s more! Lotte World’s Star Avenue is a haven for K-pop and K-drama enthusiasts. Get up close and personal with life-size handprints of your favorite stars, lose yourself in interactive videos, and snag some exclusive fan merch – the ultimate K-drama fan souvenir!

Bukchon Hanok Village

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Travel back in time at Bukchon Hanok Village, a charming neighborhood where traditional Korean houses, called hanoks, line the narrow alleys. This atmospheric spot served as the backdrop for Park Gae-In’s house in “Personal Taste” and has been featured in countless other dramas. Keep your eyes peeled – you might just stumble upon the filming location of your next favorite scene!

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Seoul boasts several palaces, but Gyeongbokgung Palace reigns supreme. Built during the Joseon Dynasty, this architectural marvel has graced the screens in historical K-dramas like “Kingdom” and “The Moon Embracing the Sun.” Walk through the grand gates and imagine yourself transported into a bygone era, where courtly intrigue and epic love stories unfolded.

This is just a taste of the K-drama treasures Seoul has to offer. So, grab your camera, pack your K-drama essentials (comfortable shoes for all that walking!), and get ready to embark on your very own Seoul searching adventure!

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Which Social Media Stars Are Making Their Acting Debut In 2024?

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In a growing trend, content creators/influencers are now taking the leap into acting, blending digital fame with traditional media. In the past, we have seen many popular social media stars like Kusha Kapila, Shehnaaz Gill, Dolly Singh, Viraj Ghelani, as well as YouTubers like Bhuvan Bam and CarryMinati amongst others making their acting debut on the big screen and OTT. These influencers have successfully leveraged their online fame to break into acting, demonstrating their versatility and broadening their career horizons.

Following the trend, here is a list of some more creators who are set to make their acting debut in 2024.

Orry

The first on the list is everyone’s favourite, party boy and the paparazzi’s muse Orhan Awatramani, better known as Orry. He became a phenomenon after featuring in Bigg Boss 17 and Koffee With Karan. He took the internet by surprise after he revealed that he charges Rs 25 lakhs for his famous hand pose. Orry has mentioned that he has around a dozen managers who take care of his life and professional commitments. Looks like Orry’s storm doesn’t seem to blow down as he is now gearing up for his acting debut. In a recent interview, he revealed that he will be seen in a low-budget independent film. He didn’t mention more details about the film but it is expected to be released soon.

Anjali Arora

Anjali Arora tasted fame after her dance videos went viral, followed by her participation in the reality show Lock Upp. With a significant social media following of 13.1M followers and being one of the most talked-about influencers, Anjali is making her acting debut with a big-budget film. She is roped in to play Goddess Sita in Abhishek Singh’s directorial Shri Ramayan Katha, marking a big milestone in her career.

Niharika NM

Popular digital content creator Niharika NM, who is recognized for her humorous content, is all set to make her film debut in Indian cinema with a Tamil film starring Atharvaa in the lead. Lyca Productions is producing the film directed by debutant director Akash Baskaran. Niharika NM also recently made her third appearance at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Karan Sonawane

Internet star Karan Sonawane, known as Focused Indian, is celebrated for his humour and relatability. He transitioned from theatre and stand-up comedy in 2014 to internet content creation in 2015, focusing on crafting entertaining and witty material. Karan is all set to make a big leap in his career with his acting debut in Bollywood film Blackout. The film will star actors Vikrant Massey, Mouni Roy, and Sunil Grover in the lead roles. The heist comedy is directed by Devang Bhavsar and produced by Jyoti Deshpande and Niraj Kothari.

Saurabh Ghadge

Saurabh is one of the most well-known comedy influencers from Mumbai. His witty skits and relatable characters have garnered him millions of fans worldwide. Saurabh and Karan Sonawane’s combined comic videos often take viewers on a laughter riot. Their comic timings and engaging content make both of them unique. Along with Karan, even Saurabh is making his acting debut with Blackout. The film will premiere on 7 June at Jio Cinema.

Munawar Faruqui

Rapper, stand-up comedian, and reality show Lock Upp season 1 and Bigg Boss 17 winner Munawar Faruqui, is marking his acting debut with the web series First Copy. During Eid, Munawar has announced about the series by sharing a teaser. The short teaser takes us back to 1999 when DVDs were a big trend. It is written and directed by Farhan P Zamma. The series is produced by Kurji Productions and co-produced by Salt Media. The release date and OTT platform of the show are yet to be announced.

Which other social media personality do you think should try their hands at acting?

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