The Indian film industry has never been a stranger to Hollywood shores with many proven Bollywood actors and actresses starring in major Western flicks.
Today we bring to you a list of Bollywood stars who have worked in some major Hollywood movies!
1- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
This former Miss World is one of the most recognizable Indian figures around the world today. Aishwarya Rai has acted in a decent number of Hollywood films, including Bride & Prejudice, The Mistress of Spices, The Pink Panther 2 and The Last Legion.
2- Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan is one of Bollywood’s biggest superstars. His resume boasts of intense performances of breadth and depth. He made a flamboyant debut in The Great Gatsby in the year 2013 alongside Hollywood biggies Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. While his role in the movie may have been short, we are sure there is a queue of directors who are gagging to work with him.
3- Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka is among the most successful Bollywood stars to have pursued a career in Hollywood. Her debut as the lead character in TV show Quantico, was well-received in the US and in India. With a Hollywood movie premiere in Baywatch directed by Seth Gordon set for release in 2017, Priyanka has managed to juggle Hollywood and Bollywood like few others.
4- Om Puri
This powerful actor with an illustrious career has acted in films around the world including Pakistani and British films. The most known among his films abroad include the Academy Award-winning Gandhi by Richard Attenborough, Charlie Wilson’s War by Mike Nichols, City of Joy by Roland Joffé, Code 46 by Michael Winterbottom and popular British comedy East Is East by Damien O’Donnell. The most recent of his Hollywood endeavors is The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallström.
5- Anil Kapoor
Anil Kapoor is a household name in the Indian subcontinent, but his involvement in Hollywood has made him a familiar face globally. From the popular TV show 24 to Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Kapoor is rarely shy to try his hand in cinematic ventures abroad. He also bagged a role in Tom Cruise starrer, “Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol”.
6- Anupam Kher
With roles in Bend It Like Beckham and Silver Linings Playbook, this Bollywood legend has become a familiar face to even those movie-goers abroad who haven’t indulged in Indian cinema yet. The eminent actor with a glorious career have yet another Hollywood movie – The Big Slick – which is also his 500th film!
7- Irrfan Khan
This actor from Jaipur is a favorite at home and abroad. With almost just as many appearances in Bollywood and Hollywood releases, the actor has set many benchmarks. His latest Hollywood release includes Inferno. Other recent Hollywood movies include Life of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri Award (India’s 4th highest civilian award), Tabu is a rare amalgam of talent, beauty, and versatility. Her interpretation of a traditional Bengali mother and wife in the movie, The Namesake was widely acclaimed. Her performance in Ang Lee’s Oscar winning movie, The Life of Pi was equally appreciated.
9- Shabana Azmi
Veteran actor Shabana Azmi ventured into Hollywood decades ago in 1988 with John Schlesinger’s Madame Sousatzka in which she played the lead role of an immigrant. She also became a part of Roland Joffe’s City of Joy released in 1992 where she played the role of Om Puri’s wife.
10- Naseeruddin Shah
Considered to be one of the finest among the country’s actors, Naseeruddin Shah has also graced a handful of Hollywood films. His filmography abroad includes The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Great New Wonderful in addition to Indian-born American director Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding.