Reality show seems like an easy shot for success, however the success one gets through these shows are often short-lived. There have numerous celebrities that rose out of Indian reality shows but their fame often fazed out into oblivion.
While reality shows have given us stars like Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, they failed to do much for the rest of the lot. Here is the list of celebrities who enjoyed their brief moment of fame via reality shows.
1. Ashutosh Kaushik
Ashutosh Kaushik won Roadies Season 5 back in 2007 and again bagged the winning trophy in Bigg Boss Season 2 in the very next year. Despite the back-to-back winnings, he was not able to retain a permanent place in the showbiz industry. Kaushik vanished from the industry after 2016.
2. Isha Sharvani
Isha Sharvani, who appeared opposite Vivek Oberoi in Kisnaa, found her ultimate fame when she was seen in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa as a contestant. Her dancing style and impeccable beauty caught many eyeballs during the tenure. Despite the popularity, she never made big in Bollywood with only few appearances.
3. Manveer Gurjar
Bigg Boss 10 winner Manveer Gurjar was one of the most loved commoners on the show. During the tenure of Bigg Boss 10, he was immensely loved by the audience. Post the show, his fame vanished into thin air with only few social media videos. He continued to appear in Bigg Boss as a guest after the 11th season.
4. Abhijeet Sawant
The whistle-blower of Indian Idol and the first season winner, Abhijeet Sawant was deeply loved by the audience for his child-like smile and fabulous singing skills. Despite being a complete package, the singer failed to make a mark in Bollywood or in the music industry. Recently, he again came into limelight for his explosive revelations against Indian Idol makers.
5. Elesh Parujanwala
After being the winner of Rakhi Ka Swayamvar reality show and fiancé of Rakhi Sawant, Elesh Parujanwala was quite a topic of discussion during the show. However, after show Rakhi refused to marry him which led to his disappearance from the showbiz industry.
6. Bandgi Kalra
The fair-skinned, gorgeous Bandgi Kalra was a talk of the town when she appeared as commoner contestant in Bigg Boss 11. Her affair with another contestant Puneesh Sharma further fanned her popularity. But it all fizzled out as soon as she stepped out of the house.
7. Qazi Touqeer
Qazi Toukeer won the first and only season of Fame Gurukul. He was also part of Tiger Zinda Hai popular song Afghan Jalebi in 2015. You will be surprised to know that he even overshadowed his co-contestant Arijit Singh, who is now a leading playback singer. Several years later, Qazi Taukeer is missing from the industry while another contestant continues to have a permanent place in people’s heart with back to back hits.