Birthday Special: Bollywood singers who turned actors
Ali Zafar: Pakistani singer-lyricist, composer Ali Zafar made his Bollywood acting debut with 'Tere Bin Laden' in 2010 and was nominated for Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. He was later seen in many films like 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan', 'London Paris New York', 'Chashme Baddoor' and 'Total Siyapaa'
Honey Singh: Rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh who rose to fame with 'Lungi Dance' in 'Chennai Express' has acted in films too. Besides a couple of Punjabi films, he was seen in Bollywood films 'Boss' and 'The Xpose'. He was last seen playing the titular character in the Punjabi action-romantic film 'Zorawar' alongside actresses Gurbani Judge and Parul Gulati
Anushka Manchanda: She rose to fame after becoming a member of the Indipop girl group 'Viva'. She started her career as a playback singer in the Tamil film industry in 2004. In 2006, she sang for Hindi film 'Golmaal'. This was followed by several other songs composed by Anu Malik, Salim-Sulaiman, Pritam and Shankar–Ehsaan-Loy, among others. She did a cameo in 'Dulha Mil Gaya'. She has also acted in 'Angry Indian Goddesses' in 2015.
We have all heard Sunidhi Chauhan sing since she was 13 (her first song was Ladki Deewani Dekho from Shastra in 1996). Her later hits included Dhoom Machaale (Dhoom), Dance Pe Chance (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi) and Girls Like To Swing (Dil Dhadakne Do). She has also appeared as a judge on Indian Idol 5 and 6 and a coach recently for the Indian edition of The Voice (2015). Sunidhi Chauhan added another feather to her cap by making her acting debut in the short film 'Playing Priya', which has been produced by Humaramovie and directed by Arif Ali. The fantasy thriller is about a bored housewife who finally gets some alone time when her kids go to school and her husband is out of town. But, then something happens that forces her to behave a certain way
Monali Thakur: The 'Sawaar Loon' singer who rose to fame with 'Indian Idol', made her Bollywood debut with film 'Lakshmi'
Himesh Reshammiya: Singer, music director, lyricist Himesh Reshammiya made his acting debut in 'Aap Kaa Surroor - The Real Luv Story'. He was later seen in films like 'Karzzzz', 'Radio', 'Khiladi 786' and 'The Xpose'. He was also seen as a mentor and judge in 'The Voice He was last seen in 'Teraa Surroor', the sequel to 'Aap Ka Surroor'
Mika Singh: Singer, composer Mika Singh made his Bollywood debut in 'Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya' with Shaan
Sonu Nigam: World famous singer, composer Sonu Nigam who has won several accolades in the field of music made his acting debut in his childhood with the film 'Kaamchor' (1982). Later he acted in films like 'Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani', 'Kash Aap Hamare Hote', 'Love in Nepal' and more
Aditya Narayan: Singer composer Aditya Narayan acted with Salman Khan in 'Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai' as a child actor and was later seen in 'Pardes' and 'Rangeela'. His latest acting venture was 'Shaapit' wherein he played the lead role
Kishore Kumar: Singer-composer and lyricist Kishore Kumar is considered as one of the most successful playback singers in Hindi film industry. He made his acting debut in 1946 with the film 'Shikari' and went on to give several hits like 'Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi', 'Half Ticket', 'Padosan', 'Paying Guest' and many more
Sukhwinder Singh: Popular playback singer Sukhwinder Singh who sang 'Jai Ho' that won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media; acted in a Punjabi film 'Kuchh Kariye' and played the lead role. Recently the buzz doing the rounds is that he will also be seen in 'Kill Dil'
Lucky Ali: Singer, lyricist and composer, Lucky Ali, known for his ballad-style singing has acted in quite a few films like 'Yeh Hain Zindagi' (1977), 'Trikaal' (1985), 'Kaante' (2002), 'Sur - The Melody of Life' (2002) and more
Raageshwari Loomba: Indian pop singer Raageshwari has acted in quite a few Hindi films, viz., 'Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost' (2003), 'Tum Jiyo Hazaron Saal' (2002), 'Hum Saath Saath Hain' (1998), 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' (1994), 'Aankhen' and more
Remo Fernandes: Goan pop singer Remo Fernandes was recently seen playing the role of a Goan Don the hit film 'Ek Villain'. He was also seen in 'Bombay Velvet'
Baba Sehgal: Indian rapper and Indipop singer Baba Sehgal has a couple of Hindi film roles to his credit, viz, 'My Friend Ganesha 3' (2010) and 'Miss 420' (1998)
Mukesh: Singer Mukesh ventured into acting with the film 'Nirdosh' in 1941. A plethora of acting projects followed, few noteworthy among which were 'Shree 420', 'Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai', 'Raat Aur Din', 'Mera Naam Joker', 'Shor', 'Kabhi Kabhie' and more
Abhijeet Sawant: 'Indian Idol' winner Abhijeet Sawant made his acting debut in the film 'Lottery'. He also made a small appearance at the end of film 'Tees Maar Khan'