Small screenís most wanted


Men are no longer mere accessories on Indian television. A group of actors is emerging as the country's latest heart-throbs. They are the Indian woman's ideal sons, husbands and boyfriends. TALK lists some of the most popular faces

Vivian D'Sena as Rishabh Kundra

Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Colors

EKTA Kapoor's protege, Vivian D'Sena was introduced on the small screen as Vicky Walia in Kasamh Se. His height and light eyes made him stand out in the crowd of aspiring TV actors and helped him bag the role of Robert Pattinson's Indian counterpart, Abhay Raichand, in theHindi TV remake of the Twilight series, Pyaar Kii Yeh Ek Kahaani on Star One. But according to television writer Gautam Hegde, it is D'Sena's Mills & Boon hero-like air that made him the perfect Rishabh Kundra aka superstar RK for the story of love and hatred, Madhubala.

"Vivian's sharp features give the character an edge. His no-nonsense look goes well with RK's personality," adds Hegde, Madhubala's writer.

Kushal Tandon as Virat Singh Vadhera

Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, Star Plus

HE hails from a political family, but Kushal Tandon always dreamt of a career in the entertainment industry. A common face in advertisements, he followed up the stint with an acting course at New York Film Academy. After returning to India, he was spotted by Cinevistaas' Siddharth Malhotra, who offered him a role in Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. "We wrote the character Virat to go with his personality," Malhotra says. In the show, he plays the role of a rebel with a heart of gold and strong morals. He falls in love with a cancer patient, Maanvi, a factor that tugs at the audience's heartstrings. Tandon's youthful looks and mischievous smile add to his popularity. Malhotra adds, "He is also a very real character and his banter with Maanvi has a youth appeal."

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