A long and indirect one that began way back in 2003 with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
If you’ve seen Jodi Breakers, you will definitely remember a boxer who solicits help from Sid (R Madhavan) and Sonali (Bipasha Basu) so that he can divorce his wife. Did he seem familiar to you?
That’s because you have seen him before on your TV screens and known him as Tusshar, Shlok and Shravan. His friends however know him as Pradeep Kharab. The former model turned actor in 2003 when Ekta Kapoor offered him a role in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. He played Tusshar, who was suddenly introduced when the family goes on a trip to Switzerland. Over the next two years, he moved on to play Shlok in Kkavyanjali and Shravan in Kasauti Zindagi Kay. He then quit television for movies and though he hasn’t starred in any Ekta Kapoor production, you can’t deny the connection. However long, tenuous and indirect it might seem at first thought.
It’s strange but the only Ekta Kapoor-discovered-male-TV-actor, who has managed to make a mark in Bollywood, is Eijaz Khan, with his Dilli ki sardi item number and his Punjabi act in Tanu Weds Manu. Amar Upadhyay didn’t make it at all. The less we say about the others, the better. Maybe Pradeep will have better luck.