TV shows are a big deal as they offer regular connectivity to the people. Now there are fictional shows with which the addiction can be understood and is pretty obvious but that is not the only type of the TV show that is popular amongst the masses these days. There was once a time when soap opera was a big deal in TV world. The Saas Bahu dramas and the family dramas were so popular that there actors had the status equal to that of a Bollywood celebrity. Audiences and viewers of the shows were so crazy about these shows that many of the twists and turns in the serials had to be cancelled based on the public demands (remember the famous Mihir fiasco when he was brought back from dead in the serial based on the public demand).
But then came the time of the reality shows and shows that are far much more connected to the reality. These shows however require a key element and that key element being Hosts. Hosts have to be so skilled that the audiences in the studio and the ones sitting at the homes in front of TVs can feel connected to these hosts. So here we bring to you most famous TV hosts in India:
30 Rithvik Dhanjani
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This 27 year old host is an Indian TV actor and has played important characters in various TV shows. One of the characters for which he got fame on TV is the character of Arjun on Pavitra Rishta. He is also a winner of the sixth season of Nach Baliye and came third on the Celebrity Dance Show Jhalak Dikhla Ja. He has hosted various TV shows and award functions and right now he is hosting the Zee TV’s children’s talent show India’s Best Dramebaaz in which Sonali Bendre and Vivek Oberoi are judges. He has hosted other non fictional shows too like V Distraction, 7th season of Nach Baliye and Yeh Hai Aashiqui.
29 Shruti Seth
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Shruti is a beautiful actress and this 38 year old lady has appeared in some big budget Bollywood movies too like Raajneeti, Fanaa etc. Shruti has also faced a controversy when she said something that went as opposite to Modi’s Selfie with daughter campaign and for that many of people accused her of trying cheap tricks to gain publicity. Shruti is famous for hosting various seasons of Comedy Circus and her comic chemistry with Shaqeel on the sets was hysterical.
28 Mona Singh
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Mona Singh is a 34 year old actress who is mostly recognized for her tremendous role in the serial Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi. This serial was actually said to be an Indian adaptation of Ugly Betty. Mona has hosted Femina Miss India in 2007 and she has also hosted all the seasons of Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega and various seasons of Jhalak Dikhla Ja. Other than hosting these shows she has also done some other serials and has appeared in the famous Indian movie 3 Idiots.
27 Krushna Abhishek
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This 32 year old comedian is better known as the relative of Comedy King Govinda but he has also made a place for himself in the industry. Krishna has appeared in various comic serials and has appeared as host in Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega with Mona Singh as the co host. He has also appeared in movies like Bol Bachchan, Entertainment and Kya Kool Hai Hum 3.
26 Jay Bhanushali
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Jay is gifted with chocolaty looks which make his lady fans go gaga over him. This 31 year old actor has played many characters in various TV shows and his looks have bagged him a few roles in some Bollywood movies in one of which he was paired with Sunny Leone. Jay has hosted various seasons of Dance India Dance and his pranks with Mithun on sets are something that people like to see one the show.
25 Karan Wahi
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This 29 year old actor received his share of fame from the Remix serial that was premiered on Star One. His chocolate boy looks have not only gained him a lot of roles on TV but he has also played an important role in Daawat e Ishq opposite Parineeti Chopra. Many few know that this man has played cricket in Under 19 with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. It will not be wrong to say that he is one of the most popular hosts of the new generation as he has hosted shows like Dance India Dance, Nach Baliye, Indian Idol Junior and also some of the award shows.
24 Mandira Bedi
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Even at the age of 43; Mandira looks fabulous and maybe that is the reason; people still like seeing her on TV. Mandira got famous after playing the lead and very powerful role in Shanti which aired on DD. After that she has played a lot of important roles on TV and movies out of which her role in DDLJ is appreciated even now. Mandira has hosted a number of TV shows including Indian Idol Junior, Funjaabi Chak De, Deal ya No Deal etc. Also for Sony Max; she has hosted ICC World Cup 2003 and 2007, Champion Trophies 2004 and 2006 and IPL season 2.
23 Arnab Goswami
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This 42 year old is better remembered as the face of the program Frankly Speaking with Arnab. He is the famous host of and is also the editor in chief of the news channel Times Now and ET Now. He is also known for his famous Newshour which is a live debate also anchored by him.
22 Ranvvijay Singh
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Young generation can easily recognize him as the host of the adventure reality TV show Roadies. 32 year old Rannvijay belongs from an army background and thus the secret you know behind his fir body. Other than hosting roadies he has also done several films amongst which the major one being Action Replay in which Akshay Kumar was in the lead role and London Dreams in which Salman and Ajay Devgan were in the lead roles.
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Shaan is one of the best singers in India and he has been gifted with simple yet cool looks and we need not say anything about his hairstyle amongst his fans. This 43 year old singer has hosted many musical reality TV shows like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa li’l champs and Star Voice of India. In fact it actually shows the humbleness of Shaan that a man of his caliber accepts the task of hosting the shows rather than being the judge.
20 Preity Zinta
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There is always a time when one is supposed to say goodbye to glamour world but with Preity; there is no such thing. This 40 year old actress has appeared in many of the big budget movies and has done movies with almost all the famous lead actors of Bollywood. Preity however is no longer seen in the movies and some might say that her era has gone but with her Chat Show Up Close and Personal with PZ, she showed that there is still a lot of spark remaining in her.
19 Karan Johar
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This 43 year old Bollywood filmmaker and producer is a big name in the industry. The man got some bad fame last year by deciding to appear in the AIB’s Roast. However this man is the kind of name for which every Bollywood actor and actress wants to work. Karan’s personal life has also attracted the media but still he has managed to keep them at bay by being too secretive. From his directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to his Student of the Year; Karan has travelled a great journey.
He is also famous for his celebrity talk show Koffee with Karan which has gained him huge popularity in fans from metros and small cities. Karan is known for having a fun time with his celebrity guests and many times the questions from his quiver seem to trouble the celebrities and they pass on these questions. He has also hosted various award shows and is a great host indeed.
18 Farah Khan
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This is yet another director from Bollywood; who is also famous amongst the fans as a host. 51 year old Farah is a multitalented woman who possesses talents like choreographer, director, actor and also of a great host. It is not that after directing and choreographing so many movies; she doesn’t get time for appearing on TV as she has appeared as judge on many TV shows. Other than this; she has also hosted TV shows like Farah Ki Dawat, Tere Mere Beech Mei, Bigg Boss etc.
17 Simi Garewal
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For fans of old movies this name will not need any introduction. Simi appeared in various movies like Mera Naam Joker, Karz etc. This 68 year old actress was famous in her time for playing bold roles. Simi had been pretty busy since her debut in the Bollywood and is one of the most liked TV host amongst the people from Metro Cities. She has hosted TV shows like Rendezvous with Simi Garewal and India’s most Desirables.
16 Pooja Bedi
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Well Pooja Bedi is the daughter of the very handsome Kabir Bedi. This 45 year old actress has appeared in various Bollywood movies like Jo Jeeta Wai Sikandar, Lootere etc. Pooja is known for her bold attitude and a glimpse of this bold attitude was shown in her show where she had the guts to call a spade a spade which is rare in the people from the B town. Pooja has hosted TV shows like Not Just Page 3 and Just Pooja which were highly appreciated and many famous celebrities have appeared on her show.
15 Sajid Khan
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Sajid Khan is one of the funniest man in the Film Industry and has a personality that oozes confidence and can make the person nervous that is standing next to him. 45 year old Sajid is the younger brother of Farah Khan and is director of many hit movies like Heyy Babyy, Humshakkals and Housefull Series. Sajid has hosted the famous show Ikke pe Ikka which also got listed in the Limca book of Records as the longest running countdown show that aired in India with the same host. He also hosted TV shows like Main Bhi Detective, Sajid Superstars etc.
14 Prabhu Chawla
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Prabhu Chawla is one of the most influential and powerful people in news world. He is the editorial director of The New Indian Express but is mainly known for hosting programs like Teekhi Baat and Seedhi Baat. In both of these shows, Prabhu has invited many of the biggest Indian Politicians and Celebrities and asked them questions which at the very moment have made them conscious. People loved the way Prabhu made his guests uneasy by asking the controversial topics from their lives. It is safe to say that he is one of the most popular talk show host and to be precise the major of his fan following comes from the elderly and the more serious sections of the society. He has also received Padma Bhushan by Indian government in 2003 for his significant contributions in the field of news.
13 Renuka Shahane
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She was one of the most beautiful host in 90s and we still remember her as the beautiful host of Surbhi that aired on DD. Renuka has appeared in many of the movies including her legendary role in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. She is married to very talented Ashutosh Rana. With Surbhi gaining popularity; Renuka became a household name and it was her beautiful smile that made millions of people her fans.
12 Sidharth Kak
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And now when the talk about Surbhi has started; how can we keep Sidharth out of that show. 90s was a much simple time when we didn’t need handsome hunks to appear on TV for almost everything and that too unnecessarily. Sidharth was also the producer of the show and has also appeared on some other TV shows. He has also hosted Indiadhanush on NDTV imagine and has found popularity here too.
11 Shekhar Suman
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Shekhar Suman is one of the actors who have reigned over TV in their golden times. There was a time when Shekhar Suman was the synonym of funny. This 53 year old actor has appeared in many of Indian movies out of which his work in the movies like Utsav, Anubhav, Naache Mayuri etc. But mostly he earned name in shows like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Dam Dama Dam, Ek Raja Ek Rani Etc. His innings as host was quite successful with shows like Movers and Shekhars, Simply Shekhar and Made in India.
10 Nikhil Chinapa
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Nikhil is yet another gift to us by the group of Roadies; This Bengaluru born 42 year old man also goes by the name of VJ Nikhil. His name has also been given for the famous Sunburn Parties and he is a style icon amongst the youths. Nikhil has been host of TV shows like India’s Got Talents and various seasons of MTV Splitsvilla.
9 Manish Paul
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34 year old Manish Paul is your typical Delhi guy brought to Bollywood and the world of TV. He is capable of tickling the funny bones of even the most serious people in the audience and that is why he is famous as a host. Manish is a sharp dressed host who has hosted TV shows like Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, India’s Got Talent, Saa Re Gaa Maa Paa Chote Ustaad, DID li’l Masters, Science of Stupid and various award shows. It will not be wrong if one will regard Manish as the busiest of TV host right now. His popularity from TV as host gained him a Bollywood movie Mickey Virus in which he was in the lead role.
8 Annu Kapoor
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He is our trademark anchor and host anytime we think about having a show based on the theme of Antakshari. 59 year old Annu belongs from Bhopal and this man’s acting talent can also not be questioned. Though he has played many major roles in various movies and serials, his role in Vicky Donor bagged him National Award and Filmfare Award for the Best Supporting Actor category. He is best remembered for hosting the vocal reality show Antakshari which ran for more than a decade from 1993 to 2006.
7 Irrfan Khan
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Irrfan Khan is one of the finest actors in Bollywood and is believed to excel in everything in which he steps in. Irrfan Khan has done important roles in various international projects too and has won the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2011 for his contribution to field of arts. Irrfan has been the host of TV shows like Kyaa Kahein and Mano ya Na Mano.
6 Shahrukh Khan
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This man is also known as the King Khan and the King of Romance in the Bollywood and amongst his fans. All his fans know that he has completed a journey all the way from Small Screen to Silver Screen and his story is no less than a filmy story. SRK has huge fan following and especially is known to woo his female fans with his charm and magnetic personality. This trait of SRK has been used a lot by the people of TV world and he has been given opportunities to host a number of TV shows in all of which he has won the hearts of public. Some of the TV shows that he has hosted are KBC, and many of the big Filmy nights including the Filmfare awards.
5 Salman Khan
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Salman Khan is the name of the lucky chap who got the most loyal army of fans in Bollywood. He is having the golden time of his life right now and fans seem to connect with him in whatever he does. Nothing he does can be stopped from being a hit. Salman has been voted as the style icon, youth icon and the sexiest man on earth. With all these awards in his bag; you got to understand how big a popularity and fame he has to handle. So Salman is a big star on TV as host too and the same can be reflected by the love he gets from hosting shows like Dus Ka Dum and Bigg Boss.
4 Amitabh Bachchan
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Amitabh Bachchan is like the Bheeshma Pitamah of Bollywood and is rightly called as the star of the millennium. Amitabh is the most desirable star by directors of all eras till this date and any newcomer thinks it as his biggest opportunity to work with this living legend. That is why the TV world also took profit of his fame and he has hosted TV shows like KBC, Bigg Boss and Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi.
3 Farhan Akhtar
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The most multitalented man in Bollywood; that must be the introduction to this man. He is the best in everything in he does, he sings well, he acts awesome, he has great physique and looks, he is a great director, writer and may be some more traits of his personality will come out with the passage of time. To be a great host requires spontaneity and Farhan is nothing if not spontaneous. Farhan has hosted TV show Oye! Its Friday and the show was a huge hit. It was more of a variety talk show rather than just being celebrity talk show. We just wonder when a lot of crappy things are given second chances; what made the directors ignore the possibility of Oye’s second season with Farhan as host again.
2 Kapil Sharma
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Kapil Sharma needs no introduction and it will not be at all wrong to say that this man has popularity even more than most of the Bollywood stars. He hosted the famous Comedy Nights with Kapil which is one of the most successful TV shows in the history of Indian television. Unfortunately for reasons unknown; the show has come to an end. Kapil’s spontaneity and comic timing made him the host of some other TV shows too like Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Chote Miyan, 60th Filmfare Awards and some other too.
1 Rajat Sharma
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58 year old Rajat is also chairman and editor in chief of India TV. Being one of the prominent journalists in India; Rajat is known to be a great and legend TV show host as he hosted the very successful Aap Ki Adaalat. Almost every major politician, singer, sportsman, Bollywood star and every VIP kind of person has appeared on his show. Rajat has received Padma Bhushan in 2015 by Indian Government in 2015 for his remarkable contribution in the field of journalism.
So these were some of the most famous TV Show Hosts in India and while the popularity and impact of none of them is even close to the hosts in foreign countries like Oprah, Ellen Degeneres etc; we will just keep our fingers crossed that may be some day someone of them will have a popularity as a host that will be recognized at the international level.