Reality shows occupy major section of television programs. Most winners turned into just a onetime wonder. There are few exceptions, which use this opportunity as their ticket to stardom. Let’s take a look at reality show winners who are now ruling the entertainment industry!
1. Kapil Sharma
Kapil Sharma is an Indian stand-up comedian, television presenter, actor and producer. Kapil rose to fame after winning the comedy reality television show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2007, for which he won a cash prize of INR ₹10 lakh. He had previously worked in the Punjabi show Hasde Hasande Ravo on MH One channel. Today, he is one of the popular comedians in India. In 2013, Kapil launched his own show, Comedy Nights with Kapil, under his banner K9 Productions on Colors. After that he started working on Sony Entertainment Television for The Kapil Sharma Show.
2. Divyanka Tripathi
In 2004, Tripathi participated in India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj and was declared a winner from Bhopal zone. Today, she established herself as one of the most popular actresses in the industry. She rose to fame by playing a dual role in Zee TV’s serial Banoo Main Teri Dulhann. Later, she garnered the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role for portraying the character of Dr. Ishita Raman Bhalla in Star Plus’s soap opera Ye Hai Mohabbatein and in 2017.
3. Prince Narula
Prince Narula shot to fame by winning one of the most popular show MTV Roadies X2. Later he was seen in another popular reality show Splitsvilla. He won the controversial reality show Bigg Boss season 9. Currently, he is seen in &Tv’s show Badho Bahu. He is also being seen as a judge on MTV’s Roadies Rising with Rannvijay Singh, Neha Dhupia and Nikhil Chinapa.
4. Vishal Karwal
Vishal Karwal was seen as the winner of the reality show Splitsvilla on MTV. He has started his acting career with the show Bhagyavidhaata on Colors followed by Rishton Se Badi Pratha, Dwarkadheesh Bhagwaan Shree Krishn and many more. He was also seen as one of the contestant of Bigg Boss 6. Currently, he is seen in &Tv’s show Paramavatar Shri Krishna.
5. Rithvik Dhanjani
Rithvik Dhanjani won the stunt based reality show, I Can Do That. He came into limelight with the role of Arjun in the daily soap Pavitra Rishta. He has hosted many shows like Nach Baliye 7, India’s Best Dramebaaz and many more. He won the dance reality show Nach Baliye 6 with his partner Asha Negi. He gained popularity as the host of the show, Yeh Hai Aashiqui. He has worked in two short films Jo Hum Chahein and Aftermath Mumbai.
6. Sunil Pal
Sunil Pal is a popular Indian comedian, actor and voice actor, and the 2005 winner of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge on STAR One. Lately he has been seen acting in many Bollywood flicks doing minor comic roles.
7. Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann Khurrana is an Indian television anchor, film actor, singer and also MTV India Video Jockey. He was declared as the winner of Season 2 in the television’s ultimate popular youth show MTV Roadies. After this, he got a break in Bollywood with the movie ‘Vicky Donor’. Today, he is one of the popular actor in Bollywood films now.
8. Salman Yusuff Khan
Salman Yusuff Khan is an Indian dancer and a choreographer. He is mainly recognised as the winner of India’s biggest dance reality show Dance India Dance Season 1. He has made his debut as an actor with the movie, ABCD : Anybody Can Dance directed by Remo d’souza. He has won second place in the Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 9.
9. Rannvijay Singh
Rannvijay Singh was the first winner of famous adventure show ‘MTV Roadies’ in 2003. After winning the show, he went on to host the same show for all seasons from Roadies 2.0 to Roadies X4. Besides Roadies, Rannvijay has hosted many other shows including MTV Stuntmania, MTV Force India The Fast and The Gorgeous, Splitsvilla and MTV Scooty Pep Teen Diva. He has hosted MTV Girls Night Out. He made his debut as an actor in 2009 in the Bollywood film Toss: A Flip of Destiny. He went on to do supporting roles in London Dreams and Action Replay for director Vipul Amrutlal Shah.
10. Shakti Mohan
Shakti Mohan is a contemporary dancer from India. She was the winner of Zee TV’s dance reality show Dance India Dance season 2. She is currently appearing as a mentor on popular Dance reality show Dance plus season 1 and 2 and 3 on Star plus . Shakti has been a judge on international show Dance Singapore dance in 2015. Shakti runs her initiative called Nritya Shakti, which offers dance classes to all levels of dancers.