From Playback Singing to Acting on the Big Screen

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Along with a melodious voice, these singers have got awesome looks. After creating a benchmark in the music industry, they have made a successful acting debut on the Big Screen.

Here is the list of Bollywood actors/actresses, who opted the musical way to get an entry ticket to the tinsel town.

1.  Hard Kaur


Hip hop singer and Indian rapper, Hard Kaur, made her debut on the silver screen in 2011 with Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House. She also made a special appearance in one of the songs of Johhny Gaddar.

2.  Mika Singh


Singer, composer, performer and songwriter, Mika Singh, made his debut in the Indian film industry as an actor in 2011, with movie Loot.

3.  Asha Bhosle


The legendary playback singer, Asha Bhosle, made an appearance on the silver screen at the age of 78, with her acting debut in the Marathi film “Maaee”.

4.  Sonu Nigam


As a child actor, popular playback singer Sonu Nigam has acted in several movies, like Pyaara Dushman, Kaamchor, Betab, Hum Se Hai Zamana, Taqdeer, etc. Kash Aap Hamare Hote and Love in Nepal are some of the movies in which, he appeared as a grown-up actor.

5.  Himesh Reshammiya


Himesh started his career as a music composer, but soon diversified into various roles- producer, lyricist, writer, music director, playback singer and an actor.  He made his acting debut in Aap Ka Surror. Karzzzz, Kajraare, Khiladi 786, etc. are some of his other movies as an actor.

6.  Atif Aslam


After wowing the Big Screen with his voice, Atif Aslam proved his acting skills in a Pakistani movie Bol. The singer also made remarkable appearances in several movie songs, like Be Intahaa, Piya O Re Piya, Pehli Nazar Mein and Tere Bin.

7.  Lucky Ali


Known for his melodious voice, Lucky Ali began his playback singing career with the song ‘Walking and I am Walking All Alone’. He acted in Yeh Hai Zindagi (1977), Hamare Tumhare (1979), Trikaal (1985), Kaante (2002) and Sur-The Melody of Life (2002).

8.  Ali Zafar


This Pakistani song writer, singer, composer and musician first displayed his acting skills in Bollywood movie Tere Bin Laden, directed by Abhishek Sharma. He also acted in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and London, Paris, New York.

9.  Shruti Hassan


Shruti Hassan, daughter of Kamal Hassan and Sarika, began her career as a singer. She used to sing for all-girls band. She made her debut in the Bollywood in 2009 with Soham Shah’s Luck.

10.    Abhijeet Sawant


Abhijeet Sawant is the winner of Indian Idol (Season 1) and the first runner up of Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar. He made his acting debut with Hemant Prabhu’s Lottery.

11.    Sophie Choudry


Former MTV India VJ, Sophie Choudry, initiated her career as a pop singer with her all-girl band “Sansara”. After the separation of the band, she began solo singing. She made her first appearance as an actress on the silver screen with Shaadi No. 1. She also acted in Pyaar Ke Side Effects and made a special appearance in Heyy Babyy.

12.    Kishore Kumar


Kishore Kumar started his career as a playback singer. He also worked as scriptwriter, screenwriter, director, producer, composer and lyricist. He acted in 86 films. Some of his notable movies are Padosan (1968), Half Ticket (1962), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), etc.