It has always been a great deal if any Indian actor made it to the big league in the West. We have an ocean of talent when it comes to emoting on-screen and several Indian actors have been well received by the global audience. With latest being actress Priyanka Chopra, who is all set to entice everyone with her Hollywood hits, we will tell you the top ten Bollywood stars who have featured in Hollywood films. Take a look:
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is a revered name globally, and his fans are scattered across the world. His living legend was seen in Leonardo DiCaprio starrer ‘The Great Gatsby’ in 2013. It was directed by Baz Luhrmann, and was based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel by the same name. Big B played Meyer Wolfsheim, and it was a cameo—the actor was seen in one of the posters of the film (he even thanked the makers for it).
The classic actor is a well-known face in the international markets. He starred in ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, an English television series in 1984. He is revered by his fans for films such as ‘City Of Joy’, ‘Wolf’, ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’, ‘My Son The Fanatic’, ‘Such a Long Journey’, ‘East Is East’, ‘The Mystic Masseur’, ‘The Parole Officer’, ‘Code 46’, ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’, ‘West Is West’, ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’. He has even acted in several international television series such as ‘White Teeth’ and ‘Second Generation’.
After featuring in Stephen Frears’s Brit period drama, ‘Victoria and Abdul’, in which he plays Abdul Karim, an Indian clerk who forges an unlikely friendship with Judi Dench’s Queen Victoria, Ali Fazal is making concerted efforts to foray into Hollywood. The 30-year-old actor has signed up with London-based talent agency, Julian Belfrage Associates, whose clientele boasts of such prolific names as three-time Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, BAFTA winner Jude Law and Judi, among others.
The veteran actor has some great works to his credit in the country. Kher not only is loved in the country but also in the West. He has worked in some great international ventures such as ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, ‘Lust, Caution’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. Kher had the privilege of sharing screen space with a legend like Robert De Niro, the happiness of which he has shared a couple of times.
This man is full of talent. Class actor Irrfan Khan is loved for his effortless acting skills on-screen. The actor is famous not only in India but also in Hollywood. International projects such as ‘The Namesake’, ‘New York, I Love You’, ‘A Mighty Heart’, ‘The Darjeeling Limited’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, and ‘Life of Pi’ have given him enough recognition in the market. However, that ‘s not it—Irrfan was also seen in two big international ventures—namely ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Inferno’ with Tom Hanks. The actor also had the honour to work with Angelina Jolie in ‘A Mighty Heart’.
Veteran Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor is known for looking as young as he was some 20 years back. The super fit star stunned everyone with his performance in Danny Boyle’s 2008 blockbuster ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Anil was also seen in Tom Cruise starrer ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ in a cameo. The immensely talented actor even adapted the hit US series ’24’ by the same name in India and received a positive feedback on the show
His husky baritone is a name guesser for him—yes, it is Kabir Bedi we are referring to. This great looker from India is famous name in Europe for playing Sandokan in the television mini series and for his role Gobinda in the 1983 James Bond film ‘Octopus-sy’.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
One of the most loved Indian faces in the West—Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a renowned name. Her beauty has stunned and impressed many in the other side of the globe as well. Ash has featured in a couple of international projects such as ‘The Pink Panther 2’, ‘Bride and Prejudice’, ‘Mistress of Spices’ and ‘Provoked’.
She is remembered for her great performance in critically acclaimed ‘The Lunchbox’. Nimrat who was seen twice at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival representing her films ‘Peddlers’ and ‘The Lunchbox’ in 2012 and 2013 respectively grabbed a big deal after she got a role in ‘Homeland’. In this international television series Nimrat plays an ISI agent.
One of India’s highest-paid and most popular celebrities, Priyanka Chopra has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards. In 2016, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, and Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Priyanka signed a talent holding deal with ABC Studios and was later cast in the American thriller series Quantico as the character Alex Parrish. The series premiered on 27 September 2015 on ABC, making Priyanka, the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series. The series received positive reviews from television critics and Priyanka was praised for her performance. She received the People’s Choice Award for “Favourite Actress In A New TV Series” for her role in Quantico, becoming the first South Asian actress to win a People’s Choice Award. The following year, she won a second People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Dramatic TV Actress”
In 2017, P.C. made her Hollywood live-action film debut by playing the antagonist Victoria Leeds in Seth Gordon’s action comedy Baywatch opposite Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. The feature received unfavorable reviews. Scott Mendelson of Forbes wrote “Chopra has fun as the baddie, but she stays in the background until the end of the movie and really only gets one big scene at the end of the picture. While IGN declared Chopra as the highlight of the film, noting she “outshines pretty much anyone she’s in a scene with” and wrote “Chopra’s engaging and interesting and is the only character that speaks with any kind of distinctive cadence.”
Priyanka Chopra has several projects at the various stages of production. She has completed A Kid Like Jake, the film adaptation of Daniel Pearle’s play directed by Silas Howard, alongside Jim Parsons, Claire Danes and Octavia Spencer, and Todd Strauss-Schulson’s romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic? opposite Liam Hemsworth, Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine. Priyanka Chopra is also producing over a dozen regional films in various languages under her production company.
Peecee is already seen as an international pop diva after she cut her album with American rapper Pitbull. The expectations are quite high from this former beauty queen.
Zee, India Today.