From Sharmila Tagore and Urmila Matondkar on Doordarshan's `Zindagi` two decades ago, to Hema Malini who's currently seen in the double role of `Kamini-Damini` on Sahara One, cine-deities have been forever tempted and lured to grace the small screen.
But at what cost? Filmic icons never seem to find their mÃ©tier on the home-viewing medium. The filmy fiascos on the medium of casual dramas are innumerable.
Take a look: Karisma Kapoor in Sahara One's `Karishma The Miracle Of Destiny`, Raveena Tandon in Sahara's `Sahib Bibi Ghulam`, Sridevi in Sahara's `Malini Iyer`….If we go back in time Nutan was the first screen -queen to really use the miniature space in that corner of your drawroom with grace. In Rakesh Chowdhary's treatise on feudal failings `Mujrim Haazir` Nutan showed how effectively television can be used to convey emotions too large for a 27-inch screen.
Post-Nutan big-screen divas stayed away from television until some channels made them offers they couldn't resist.
"Frankly I did the game show `Sawaal Dus Crore Ka` for the money. It was tempting and the work was quick," says Manisha Koirala in hindsight.