The television industry is full of stardom and glam, but it is ever-changing. The celebrities touching the skies of popularity can fall to the ground with just one lousy decision/show/role. Things are always uncertain when it comes to stardom
So here are 8 television celebrities who run their own business, either out of passion or as something to fall back on when things don’t work in favour in their acting career.
Aashka Goradia is an actress and model. She is widely known for playing Kalika in Saat Phere and Avantika (Queen Bee) in Naagin seasons 1 and 2. On 1st December 2017, she married Brent Goble, an American businessman. She runs a beauty company named Renee by Aashka, launched in 2018. The company is named after her mother-in-law.
Renee, a company that first exclusively worked on eyelashes, is now a full-grown cosmetic company offering kajal, lip gloss, eye shadow palette, lipsticks, serums, makeup oils, and cheek tints. The company also launched various products named after Aashka’s close friends Mouni Roy and Juhi Parmar. Shruti Haasan also promoted the company’s newly launched makeup stick on her Instagram account.
Mohit Malik portrayed the negative role of Samrat Singh Rathore in Doli Armano Ki. He is also famous for playing the main lead Sikandar in Kulfi Kumar Bajewala. His most recent show was Lockdown Ki Love Story, where he played Dhruv Jaiswal. In 2018, he opened a restaurant with her wife, Aditi Malik. The restaurant is named 1BHK (Brew House Kitchen).
Many singers, actors, and celebrities were part of its grand opening. The restaurant serves multi-regional cuisines and is famous for its homely atmosphere, live music performances. His wife also runs two cafes: The Homemade Café in Oshiwara and The Homemade Café and Bar in Juhu.
Shabir Ahluwalia debuted in the television industry with the show Hip Hip Hurray in 1999. Since then, he has been part of many popular shows such as Kasautii Zindagi Kay, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kasamh Se, and Laagi Tujhse Lagan. For the last 8 years, He has been playing the lead role of Abhishek Mehra in Kumkum Bhagya.
Shabir Ahluwalia was the co-owner of Flying Turtles production house, which produced many shows, including the popular sitcom Savitri and the Bollywood remake Zaanjir. Though the firm was dissolved in 2020, Shabir and his friend Sakett have decided to start another production house named Colossiva Entertainment (P) Ltd.
Ronit Roy is a television and film actor. He played Lawyer K. D. Pathak in sony’s courtroom drama Adaalat. He has also been part of various movies such as Jaan Tere Naam, Student of the Year, Udaan, Shootout at Wadala, BOSS, Kaabil. The actor is the proud owner of Ace Security and Protection agency set in Mumbai. It has provided protection services to various Bollywood actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, and Shahrukh Khan.
Rakshanda Khan is an Indian model and actress who has been part of famous television shows such as Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin, Kasautii Zindagi Kay, Kasamh Se, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain. She played the negative lead Naagin Sumitra in Ekta Kapoor’s Naagin season 3. She is the Director of an event management company named Celebrity Locker Entertainment in Mumbai. The company has rendered its services to many celebrities and actors.
Sanjeeda Shaikh has been part of various television shows, music videos, movies, and web series. Her show Ek Hasina Thi was one of the most popular shows of 2014. The audience, as well as critics, appreciated her performance. She was part of two 2020 movie releases, Trish and Kaali Khushi. She owns a beauty parlour in Mumbai named Sanjeeda’s Parlour.
Arjun Bijlani has been part of many Indian shows, fiction and reality. He received his breakthrough role as Cadet Aalekh Shar in the show Left Right Left. However, the most significant turning point in his career was Naagin, a supernatural show where he played the lead role named Ritik Singh. The show was a huge hit and landed him a Bollywood movie. He went on to host many shows such as Kitchen Champion, Dance Deewane seasons 1 and 2. Not many people know this, but apart from being a television heartthrob, he owns a wine shop located in Mumbai.
Rupali Ganguli has been acting since she was seven and worked in movies such as Saaheb and Balidan. She debuted her television career with Sukanya in 2000. She rose to fame in 2003, when he played Dr Simran in Sanjivani. She was appreciated for her portrayal of Monisha Sarabhai in the show Sarabhai vs Sarabhai. She is currently working in Star Plus’s show Anupamaa, which is hit on the TRP charts. Not many people know that she co-founded an advertising agency in 2000 with her father. The company has been running smoothly for the last 21 years.
Edited by Urvashi Gupta