They maybe middle-aged men, but their handsome...ness simply gets better by the day. From Samir Soni to Ronit Roy, take a look at the 40+ actors who’re ruling the roost on Indian television. And of course, vote for your favourite.
Ronit Roy: He is called the Amitabh Bachchan of the small screen thanks to his deep baritone voice. And not only does this actor have good looks but he is also the brain behind his security company. Too bad even after a commendable and successful performance in Udaan, he’s not getting many film offers. But we’re happy seeing him in the role of KD Pathak in Adaalat, aren’t you?
Ram Kapoor: He has probably set a new trend of fat heroes! We can’t call Ram Kapoor hot, but there is something about his I-give-a-damn attitude that draws the audience towards him. A self-confessed chain-smoker, Ram has managed to win the hearts of millions of women through his ‘romantic husband’ portrayal in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain.
Monish Bahl: Monish had tugged on everyone’s heart's strings and how, as a simple but reserved Dr Ashutosh in hospital drama Kuch Toh Log Kahenge. He had become so popular that when the channel replaced him with Sharad Kelkar last month, there was a furor. We are in love with this gentleman's amiable looks; what about you?
Anoop Soni: His fans may not be hysterical about him, but he commands soaring respect thanks to the kind of work he does on TV. Having been in this industry for almost fifteen years, his no-nonsense and yet easy-going personality is a winner. We don’t think Crime Patrol (on Sony) would be such a hit, if not for his empathy-inducing hosting s****s.
Dayanand Chandrashekhar Shetty: Okay, so he is not conventionally good looking but so what? He comes across as a tough man with a soft heart, kind of like a big bear. And that’s cute, isn’t it? He breaks doors, slaps criminals and can probably lift 50 kgs with one hand – that’s one macho guy on TV we like. (PS: He won an award for the best-looking man in Indian television in 2002)
Ayub Khan: Although he never it made it big in Bollywood, his debut film Mashooq (1992) made him an overnight heartthrob. And he did an encore, once again, when he made a full-fledged comeback on TV with Rakhi - Ek Atoot Rishte Ki Dor. His typical Pathani looks broke many hearts, and still does. Ask any Uttaran fan.
Sumeet Raghavan: Better known as Dr Sahil of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Sumeet has the personality of a charmer. Not only is he a good actor and a gifted singer, but he is also an excellent standup comedian. Currently we are hooked on to his The Late Night Show, are you?