13 Characters That Were Played By Both Bollywood And Television Actors17th December 2018
Our entertainment industry is a pool of talent. Looking at both the silver-screen and the small screen, we can say that we are blessed with some amazing talents who can define any character with utmost honesty and sincerity. While there are so many amazing projects that these actors undertake, period drama remains an absolute favourite. This is one reason why we see so many Bollywood and TV actors in the same avatar. Here are some roles which ruled over both the screens:
1. Prithviraj Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Rajat Tokas as Mughal emperor Akbar
The first major period film of Bollywood was Prithviraj Kapoor’s Mughal-E-Azam in which he played the role of Akbar. It is one of the finest performances that we have seen so far. After that, Hrithik Roshan worked hard to play the same role for the movie Jodhaa Akbar which revolved around the titular characters. The history was repeated on the small screen by Rajat Tokas in 2015 for the show of the same title. All the performances were at par.
2. Aishwarya Rai and Paridhi Sharma Jodha Bai- wife of Mughal emperor Akbar
In 2009, Aishwarya Rai wore the most beautiful lehengas and jewellery for Ashutosh Gowariker’s movie, Jodhaa Akbar. The way she moved and delivered the dialogues, we felt like we were in the presence of royalty. In 2015, television actress Paridhi Sharma played the same role for the television opposite Rajat Tokas and won many hearts.
3. Dilip Kumar and Ravi Bhatia as Mughal emperor Salim/Jahangir
Dilip Kumar as Salim in Mughal-E-Azam is a role that has been written in golden letters. The finesse and ease with which he portrayed the role left rather large shoes for the future actors to fill. Finally, in 2015, it was Ravi Bhatia who dared to step into them and we would like to say that he didn’t disappoint.
4. Madhubala and Heena Parmar as Prince Salim’s love interest Anarkali
Madhubala’s beauty and talent made her one of the best actresses of her time. Her role as Anarkali in Prithviraj’s Mughal-E-Azam will always be on the top of the list of best performances by an actress. It was Heena Parmar who brought the character back to life once again after ages.
5. Ranveer Singh and Karan Suchak as Maratha General Peshwa Bajirao
Ranveer Singh proved his mettle once again with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani. He made us believe that we are under the sharp eyes of the most courageous Peshwa that India ever saw. Karan Suchak, too, played the same role diligently for the serial Peshwa Bajirao.
6. Priyanka Chopra and Ishita Ganguly as Peshwa Bajirao’s first wife Kashibai
When we hear Kashibai’s story, we empathise with her. A woman who remained loyal to her husband even when he wanted someone else brings tears in every eye. She was a fierce Maratha woman and was brought to life by two talented actresses. First, in 2015 by Priyanka Chopra and then in 2017 by Ishita Ganguly.
7. Deepika Padukone and Megha Chakroborty as Peshwa Bajirao’s second wife Mastani
Daughter of Maharaja Chattrsal, Mastani fell in love with Peshwa Bajirao who was already married to Kashibai. While Bajirao did marry her, the Peshwas reduced the existence of an established warrior to a courtesan. Both Deepika Padukone and Megha Chakroborty did complete justice to the role of Mastani.
8. Deepika Padukone and Tejaswini Lonari as the Queen of Mewar Rani Padmavati
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dream project, Padmaavat finally hit the screens and we got to see Deepika Padukone as the Rajput queen, Rani Padmavati. She played this role with brilliance. Before Deepika coloured herself in the Rajputana colours, it was Marathi actress, Tejaswini Lonari who portrayed the same role in 2009 for the serial Chittod Ki Rani Padmini Ka Johur. Both the actresses did an amazing job.
9. Shahid Kapoor and Rohit Bakshi as Mewar ruler Rawal Ratan Singh
It is not easy to play the character of a king who is considered as one of the bravest and intelligent kings of India. Indian history is incomplete without the mention of Ratan Singh. His palace is the biggest one in Rajasthan. As Ratan Singh, both Shahid Kapoor and Rohit Bakshi won many praises for their impeccable work.
10. Ranveer Singh and Mukesh Rishi as the ruler of Khilji dynasty Alauddin Khilji
Portraying a man who was part cynical and part barbaric is not an easy job. Understanding the complexities and layers of this character is harder than it looks. In 2009, Mukesh Rishi breathed life to this character and then Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s favourite, Ranveer Singh made us fall in love with it.
Recently, Ravi Dubai tried his luck and got into the getup of Alauddin Khilji. While the role was just for the promo of his reality show Sabse Smart Kaun, everyone enjoyed watching him the same role.
11. Hema Malini and Pankhuri Awasthi as first female ruler of Delhi Raziya Sultan
The first female ruler of Delhi, Raziya Sultan was no ordinary woman. It was Kamal Amrohi who first decided to share her story with the world in 1983. He chose Hema Malini as the actress fit for the role. Later in 2015, Pankhuri Awasthi played the titular role.
12. Kangana Ranaut and Kratika Sengar as the brave queen of Jhansi Rani Laxmi Bai
Kratika Sengar’s serial, Jhansi ki Rani, in which she played the role of Rani Laxmi Bai, became one of the most followed daily soaps on the television. Her performance was appreciated by all and Kratika became a household name. Soon, Kangana Ranaut will be seen in the same role in the movie, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.
13. Shah Rukh Khan and Mohit Raina as the Mauryan dynasty king Ashoka
The Mauryan king, Ashoka showed everyone the path of peace and harmony. It was Shah Rukh Khan who played the role of the great king who left all the riches after an ugly war that he won in the search of atonement. The same role was brought to the small screen by Mohit Raina.
We loved all the actors in every getup they donned. Their performances were brilliant and transported us back into the history. Picking which actor played the character better is harder than counting the stars in the night sky. We hope that we get to meet more historical characters both on the big screen and the silver screen.