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How TV stars earn an extra buck!

Last updated on: November 8, 2011 11:30 IST

Image: Hiten and Gauri Tejwani
Rajul Hegde in Mumbai

They invest their talent in acting for the small screen, but they invest their money in various businesses. Here's what television celebs do off screen when they turn entrepreneurs.
Hiten and Gauri Tejwani

Hiten and Gauri became popular names with roles in shows like Kutumb and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. The couple has opened a restaurant, Barcode O53, in Andheri West, in Mumbai. It's a franchise of Dino Morea's cafe.
Hiten also intends to take up direction some time later in life.

Mishal Raheja

Image: Mishal Raheja

Mishal is known for his portrayal of Don Dutta Shriram Patil in Laagi Tujhse Lagan. He has an MBA from a school in New York and burst onto the small screen six years ago with MTV's Pyaar Vyaar And All That, but the show that made him the heartthrob of millions was Anurag Basu's Love Story.
He owns Party Hard Drivers -- the first company in the country to specialise in providing drivers at night to discourage people from drinking and driving.

Ronit Roy

Image: Ronit Roy

One of television's highest paid actors, Ronit Roy Ace Security has been around for over 10 years. It is the most sought-after security agency in Bollywood with clients such as Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and the erstwhile IPL tycoon Lalit Modi.

Ronit is all set to expand his security business into a large training institution for security men.


Rupali Ganguly

Image: Rupali Ganguly

Rupali is best remembered for her role as Monisha Sarabhai in the popular comedy show Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai.

She was dubbed a cry baby after participating in the reality show Bigg Boss. She was also seen in Sanjivani, Fear Factor --Khatron Ke Khiladi and Mujhe Meri Family Se Bachao.
Off-screen she has established an advertising agency in Mumbai making ad-films under her father Anil Ganguly's banner.

Abbas Khan

Image: Abbas Khan

Abbas Khan aka Biji Pandey of Lapatagunj isn't very happy with the quality of food served by production houses on the sets. So he is planning to start his own catering service.
Abbas's mother, Rani Kulsum Begum, a well-known chef who has worked for the ITC Grand Central for the past 14 years, will be helping him in this venture.
Besides acting in Lapatagunj, Abbas has also scripted a romantic comedy set in Lucknow. He has written the Hyderbadi dialogues for Sankat City.

Sumeet Raghavan

Image: Sumeet Raghavan

Sumeet can be seen on the music reality show Star Ya Rock Star. He was popular for his role in Ghar Ki Baat Hai and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.

He has launched his production house called MHO2 in partnership with Babul, who has been creative head of shows like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and others. The production house will work on television and film, both regional and mainstream.

Sachin Shroff

Image: Sachin Shroff

Sachin Shroff and Juhi Parmar have announced a joint venture with Kamlesh Kunti Singh, the writer of Kumkum and Sindoor Tere Naam Ka.

Sachin is currently acting in Ballika Vadhu and was also seen in other soaps -- Naam Gum Jayega, Shagun and Vishwas.
Besides acting, Sachin runs a business that supplies construction steel.

Sudeep Sahir

Image: Sudeep Sahir

Sudeep's claim to fame is Behenein.
Off-screen, he has a garments business with wife Anantika and an industry colleague. He has also collaborated with a company called Koncept Infotainment that produces shows for Mahua Gujarati.

Rati Pandey

Image: Rati Pandey

Having worked in the TV industry for six years, actor Rati Pandey became popular for her role in Miley Jab Hum Tum.

She will play the bossy, dictatorial sister in Zee TV's new show Hitler Didi. She is a partner with her brother in a construction business, and also owns a canteen in Patna.
Soon she will enter the catering business, supplying food at shooting sites all across Mumbai.

The actress has the entire business planned out and has hired a staff of good chefs who will look after the business.

Manav Gohil

Image: Manav Gohil

Manav's claim to fame is Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and Kkusum. He is all set to produce a cookery TV show in the US for which he is seeking a broadcast partner there.
His wife (actress Shwetha Kwathra) is helping him in this project. And, no, the show is not based on the popular Master Chef, but is an original concept.

Sara Khan

Image: Sara Khan

Sara became a household name as Sadhana in Bidaii. But she was more in the news after her controversial marriage to Ali Merchant in the Bigg Boss house. Currently, she plays Mona in Ram Milaye Jodi.
Sara owns the beauty parlour 'K Sara' in the Mumbai suburb of Andheri. When she is not shooting, she makes it a point to be present at the salon and give a personal touch to her clientele.
And some other actor-entrepreneurs: Kushal Punjabi owns a nightclub in Andheri called Ye 'ole Watering Hole. Rakshanda Khan's event management company is called Celebrity Locker Entertainment. Achint Kaur has a chain of salons and Reva Babbar has started a salon for dogs!