There used to be a time you had to choose whether you want to be a Bollywood star or strive for Hollywood. You couldn’t really mix the two. No one in Hollywood would take Bollywood actors seriously. But the times are changing, and they’re definitely changing for the better. There are now a number of actors who managed to go from Bollywood to Hollywood and achieve success. Let’s talk about these awesome actors who are real troopers and are paving the road for other Bollywood stars.
1. Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai has been very successful in Bollywood. She’s been in multiple movies and has millions of fans. You’d think she doesn’t even need Hollywood with the level of success she achieved in Bollywood. But her venture into Hollywood has proven that you never know your limits and you should never stop trying to be even better. She debuted in Hollywood with a movie called Bride and Prejudice and that was her stepping stone into a whole new world of cinema. She has since been in various other Hollywood movies like Pink Panther 2, The Last Legion and Mistress Of Spices.
2. Freida Pinto
Freida Pinto has become one of the most recognizable Indian actresses after her success in Hollywood. Her shot to fame was a role in Slumdog Millionaire. After everyone saw her incredible acting skills in this movie, there was no turning back. She has since been in quite a few Hollywood movies. You probably saw her in The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Immortals, just to name a couple.
3. Anil Kapoor
Speaking of Slumdog Millionaire, Anil Kapoor is another Bollywood actor who got his break into Hollywood thanks to this movie. He played the host of the show Do You Want To Be A Millionaire. Another big Hollywood movie you might recognize his from is Mission Impossible 4. He’s got quite an awesome and very entertaining character in that movie, so if you haven’t seen it, definitely check it out.
4. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka is a massive Bollywood star, but she’s proving to be quite a big deal in Hollywood too. Now only is she acted in Hollywood movies, but it seems she’s the actress to promote Bollywood in Hollywood. She got to present at the Oscars, perform a tribute to Prince at a huge ABC event and even got to meet President Obama. She’s unstoppable and all we can say is “You go, girl!”.
5. Deepika Padukone
Deepika has recently made her debut in Hollywood by bagging a part in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage with Vin Diesel. It’s a hugely popular franchise and she was very lucky to have gotten it. She is, however, also nervous since it’s her first Hollywood movie role. But mostly she just feels proud of getting a role in a huge movie that lets her flaunt her ethnicity.
Tabu is a very well known Indian actress and her talent has been recognized and proven by many film awards. In terms of Hollywood movies you’ve probably seen her in Life of Pie, The Namesake and others. It’s awesome that her talent is being recognized not just by Bollywood, but also, finally, Hollywood.
7. Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan is a very well known and respected actor in Bollywood, but it’s his success in Hollywood that we’d like to emphasize today. He acted in several Hollywood movies and it looks like he’s not about to stop. Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake, A Mighty Heart are just a few movies you might have seen him in.
8. Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan is quite a big deal in Bollywood. He’s known for his method acting and deep voice. But he managed to break into Hollywood too. You probably recognize his from this little Hollywood movie called The Great Gatsby, in which he played alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Can you think of a cooler way to debut in Hollywood? We sure can’t.