Kolkatans are quite famous for distorting and even deconstructing any language to suit their own style—English and Hindi being the foremost of them all. However, due to a cultural gap, Kolkatans are somewhat antagonistic about Hindi. But, leaving the general perception behind, Bengalis have been watching, admiring and even acting in the Hindi television serials, telefilms and what not! Let’s make an attempt to chalk out a few leading TV actors of Kolkata who have surpassed the language barriers and excelled in creating a niche for themselves in Mumbai—
13. Rohit Roy
If you have been an ardent tele-serial watcher since the past decade or more, you could never have missed out on his roles in mega serials like Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chaand and Swabhimaan. Now, he’s a famed actor and also a director—he directed the critically acclaimed short film “Rice Plate” in Dus Kahaniyaan, and other telefilms too.
12. Ronit Roy
Rohit Roy’s elder brother mightn’t have made it big in Bollywood but nevertheless, he is quite a famed personality who has featured in serials like Kyunki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kasauti Zindagi Ki, and also plays the lead role in Adaalat.
11. Indraneil Sengupta
An Indian model, he sores the temperatures high on Indian Television with his roles in Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Radha, Ek Shyaam, Banoo Main Teri Dulhaan, Maayka and Baabul Ki Bitiya Chali Doli Saja Ke. He’s now a critically accredited actor in Bengal and trying out his hands in Bollywood as well.
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10. Sayantani Ghosh
She has been India’s favorite nagin with her portrayal of “Amrita” in Zee TV’s Nagin. She also did other serials like Mahabharat, Ghar Ek Sapna, Kumkum and Rakht Sambandh among hoards of others.
9. Bina Banerjee
Daughter of actor Pradeep Batabyal, she has been seen in Telly serials and films since decades now. With innumerable roles in her kitty, she is now seen in Uttran as Iccha’s mother-in-law, “maayi”.
8. Sangita Ghosh
She’s known to everyone as Pammi from the mega serial, Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand. However, she also did other serials like Viraasat, Mehndi Tere Naam Ki, Rabba Ishq Na Howe among hoards of others. She’s now seen in the serial Kehta Hain Dil Jee Le Zara.
7. Pratyusha Banerjee
She was never into films or modelling before she bagged the most apprehensive role of the times—the grown up Anandi of Balika Vadhu. Although she did a couple of reality shows, she hasn’t yet been seen any full time series/serial.
6. Mouni Roy
Mouni became a household name with her portrayal of Goddess Sati in Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev and ‘Krishna-Tulsi’ in the epic Kyunki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.
5. Mouli Ganguly
She became a part of Indian Television much earlier than most of the others in the list and ruled the hearts with her roles as Shaina in Kahin Kisi Roz; she also did other hit serials like Kya Hua Tera Vada and Kutumb where she played negative characters.
4. Tina Dutta
It was a rags to riches story with this small time novice actress Tina Dutta who bagged one of the lead roles in Uttaran, as Iccha, and has been on the rocks ever since.
3. Debina Bonnerjee
She made it big with her portrayal of Sita in the 2008 serial, Ramayan and became a household favorite thereafter. She’s now trying her further luck down South with soaps and films.
2. Rupa Ganguly
Rupa Ganguly hardly needs any introduction to any Indian whatsoever. With her portrayal of Draupadi, the first mega serial in India, Mahabharat, and she became an instant heart throb. Later she did numerous other serials among which her role in Agle Janam Mujhe Bitiya Hi Kijo deserves a mention.
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1. Sumona Chakravarti
From Indian farmers to the billionaires, everyone is acquainted with her, not as any serial’s character but as Bittu’s wife in Comedy Nights With Kapil, India’s favorite show on air perhaps. Her other role as the pragmatic Natasha in the mega serial, Bade Acche Lagte Hain also won her much accolades from critics as well as the audience alike!