One of the most common goals of all people is to become an actor or actress. India is a film-obsessed country, thus this goal stems from there. At some point in our lives, we’ve all fantasised about living like our favourite Bollywood stars, and singers and cricketers are no exception.
However, we often overlook the fact that acting is not for everyone. Performing in front of the camera is not as easy as it appears. “Everyone does his business best,” as the proverb goes. Acting is similar to being an athlete or a singer in that not everyone can do it. Actors are not for everyone.
While we are continually fascinated by Bollywood celebrities’ appearances and lifestyles, we frequently ignore their great dedication and hard work, which has enabled them to reach such heights in the profession. Following this, a slew of other celebrities have attempted to break into the acting business.
Others flopped spectacularly, while others came to notoriety. It’s not a given that if you’re good at one thing, you’ll also be good at acting.
As a result, in today’s article, we’ve compiled a list of well-known musicians and athletes who made a significant misstep by acting in Bollywood films.
Boxer Vijender Singh
After a great career in boxing, Vijendra became interested in the glamour sector and took some time off from his duties. His Bollywood comedy-drama social thriller flick Fugly, which flopped at the box office, prompted him to return to the ring.
Due to his appealing voice, this Indian playback singer has unquestionably been the industry’s “Shaan,” which has been a boon to the Bollywood industry. After delivering popular songs like Chand Sifarish, Jab Se Tere Naina, Kuch To Hua Hai, Musu Musu, and others, Shann became a fan favourite among audiences. Shaan was recognised for his roles in films like as Zameen, Loins of Punjab Presents, and Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya, in addition to his great singing career. None of them, on the other hand, were able to assist the singer in achieving fame.
Cricketer Sandeep Patil
After six years with the Indian cricket team, from 1980 to 1986, Sandeep grew interested in the Bollywood industry, and shortly after winning the 1983 Cricket World Cup, he left his match tour to be a part of the film Kabhie Ajnabi The. This was not just the cricketer’s first but also his last cinematic appearance. The reason for this was due to the film’s poor box office performance.
Music composer/Singer Himesh Reshammiya
Himesh’s fans appreciated him for his unique words and voice style. However, something went wrong. When he entered the Bollywood sector, he soon lost popularity. Himesh started acting following a long career in music, with roles in films like Karzzz, Aap Kaa Surroor, and Xpose. Following the financial failure of these films, Himesh was unable to sustain himself as an actor in the industry.
Singer/Rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh
Honey Singh was one of the best and most well-known rappers of his era, and he ruled the music industry at one point. His tunes are usually a must-have at any party or get-together. However, he developed an interest in acting and appeared in the film Xpose alongside Himesh. In addition, he has appeared in a number of Punjabi films.
Tennis Player Leander Paes
Leander Paes is a professional tennis player who has won numerous prestigious titles and awards in the sport. He is one of the world’s finest doubles players. After being a champion in his field, Leander attempted to break into the Bollywood industry. That’s why, in 2013, he starred in Rajdhani Express, a socio-political thriller that bombed at the box office. Fortunately, few people were aware of his role in the film, and he was able to return to his job without creating headlines.
Music composer/Singer Mika Singh
Mika Singh is a popular singer and composer whose songs have been included in films such as Ibn-e-Batuta, Mauja Hi Mauja, Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag, and others. Mika pursued a career in acting in order to further his career and take it to the next level after obtaining success in the industry. Balwinder Singh… Famous Ho Gaya, Mitti, The Film Love.com, and other films featured him. His acting in those films, on the other hand, demonstrated that he was solely good as a vocalist. As a result, he has been unable to carve out a successful acting career.
Singer Sonu Nigam
Many singers appear to have dabbled in Bollywood. Sonu Nigam was a musician who also dabbled in acting by participating in films. He has 6 or 7 films to his credit, with Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani, Love in Nepal, and Kash Aap Hamare Hote being the most prominent. He did not achieve great popularity, but he did later nourish the industry with his original talent.
Cricketer Ajay Jadeja
Cricket has long been a part of Bollywood, with filmmakers either actively engaging in developing a storey about the sport or constructing various tie-in storylines and love relationships between the two. Several cricketers, including Ajay Jadeja, have gone on to have great careers in the game. But it’s possible that he’s not cut out for acting. As a result, his acting career is always a reminiscence for all of his followers. Cricketer Ajay Jadeja was cast in the multi-starrer film Khel, which was a box office disappointment, forcing him to reassess his decision.
Cricketer Vinod Kambli
In the film Annarth, cricketer Vinod Kambli plays himself. His acting abilities in this film convinced us all that he is better off-screen. He was another another cricketer who dabbled in acting. He didn’t feature in many films after that and avoided the entertainment world.