We say a star is born when an actor’s debut film grosses Rs 100 crore or receives widespread notice. But what if the brilliance of that star dims too quickly due to a lack of opportunities? When Ronit Roy made his tinsel town debut with Jaan Tere Naam, something similar happened. The 1992 release was a smash hit, with a dream run of 25 weeks in cinemas, an almost unattainable goal in today’s world. Ronit, on the other hand, did not receive any additional employment as a result of her debut. Ronit’s stars finally aligned after he appeared in Ekta Kapoor’s Kasautii Zindagii Kay.

“It was a silver jubilee (Jaan Tere Naam). It meant 25 weeks in a theatre back then. It would now be a film with a budget of Rs 100-150 crores. After a long run in cinemas, it’s inevitable to receive a slew of offers and film offers. Unfortunately, for the past three months, I have not received a single call. I made some poor decisions, and as a result, I didn’t have any films for several years. Balaji Telefilms reintroduced me to the industry in the early 2000s. In 2010, I returned to the movies with Udaan. So it’s been a journey,” Ronit said, adding that before making his debut, he worked in advertising to get experience in the film industry.

“For me, 2001 was a watershed moment. I appeared in Kamal, followed by Kasautii Zindagi Kay and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. For television, it was like a giant wave. I count myself fortunate to have caught it.” Kasautii was a watershed moment in his career, he said.

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