Notable Bollywood Actors/Actress In Hollywood Films
Since Alia Bhatt successfully launches her Hollywood debut in "Heart Of Stone" alongside Gal Gadot, it's worth celebrating the Bollywood actors who have paved the way for Indian talent in Hollywood. Several Bollywood actors have achieved global recognition, and here is a list of nine who have had prominent roles in Hollywood films.
1. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is indeed a prominent global icon, known not only for her accomplishments in Bollywood but also for her roles in Hollywood films. In "The Pink Panther 2," she portrayed the character Sonia Solandres, the primary antagonist in the 2009 sequel. Her role was that of the infamous international thief known as The Tornado. Additionally, she appeared in other Hollywood productions such as "The Last Legion" and "Mistress Of Spices," showcasing her versatility as an actor on the international stage.
2. Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan, often referred to as the "Shehenshah of Bollywood," marked his Hollywood debut with a role in "The Great Gatsby." In the film, he portrayed the character of Meyer Wolfsheim, a Jewish gangster. This movie also featured renowned actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. Amitabh received praise from both the audience and his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for his performance, further solidifying his reputation as a versatile and acclaimed actor on the global stage.
3. Irrfan Khan
The late actor Irrfan Khan indeed made a notable entry into Hollywood with films like "A Mighty Heart" and "The Darjeeling Limited." In 2006, he played the lead role alongside Tabu in Mira Nair's "The Namesake." His Hollywood journey also included acclaimed films such as "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Jurassic World," "Life of Pi," and "Inferno." In "Life of Pi," Irrfan Khan portrayed the character of the adult version of the protagonist Pi Patel, delivering a memorable performance in the Oscar-winning film. His work in Hollywood further showcased his remarkable talent and versatility as an actor.
4. Om Puri
The late Om Puri was indeed a versatile actor who left his mark not only in Bollywood but also in British and Pakistani cinema. He featured in Richard Attenborough's Academy Award-winning film "Gandhi." Additionally, he played the significant role of Hazari Pal in Roland Joffe's "City of Joy." His diverse filmography extended to international productions like Mike Nichols's "Charlie Wilson's War," Michael Winterbottom’s "Code 46," Damien O'Donnell's "East Is East," and Lasse Hallström's "The Hundred-Foot Journey." Om Puri's talent transcended borders, and he made valuable contributions to cinema on a global scale.
5. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra, after establishing herself in Bollywood, transitioned successfully into Hollywood films and television. She made her mark with the thriller series "Quantico," where she portrayed the main protagonist, Alex Parrish. Priyanka also took on the role of the main antagonist in "Baywatch," alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Her Hollywood filmography includes appearances in Todd Strauss-Schulson’s "Isn’t It Romantic," alongside Liam Hemsworth, Rebel Wilson, and Adam DeVine. Furthermore, she has several upcoming Hollywood projects, including "Text For You," "Citadel," and "Matrix 4," demonstrating her continued presence and success in the international entertainment industry.
6. Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah took on a prominent role in the film "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" where he portrayed Captain Nemo, an Indian pirate and the captain of the Nautilus. In the movie's storyline, set in 1899, he was recruited to join The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Apart from "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," the veteran actor was also seen in the film "The Great New." His contribution to international cinema showcased his versatility as an actor beyond Bollywood.
7. Dimple Kapadia
Dimple Kapadia had a significant role in Christopher Nolan's film "Tenet," where she portrayed the character of Priya, an arms dealer from India. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh praised her performance, stating, "She’s got a really smashing part in ‘Tenet’. I know that our master director, Mr. Nolan, was thrilled with her, and our leading man, John David Washington, was completely impressed by her by the time they finished working together." Her work in "Tenet" earned her recognition on the international stage and was widely appreciated by both the director and her co-stars.
8. Randeep Hooda
In 2020, Randeep Hooda made his debut in international cinema with the film "Extraction," which was released on Netflix. This action-packed movie also featured stars like Chris Hemsworth and David Harbour. In the film, Randeep made a memorable entry as the character Saju, delivering high-octane action sequences. His performance received acclaim from both viewers and critics, marking a successful venture into the international film scene for the actor.
9. Gulshan Grover
Gulshan Grover played a significant role as the main villain in "The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli And Baloo." He portrayed the character of Mowgli's uncle, Buldeo, whose sinister objective is to eliminate Mowgli and seize his late brother's wealth. Gulshan Grover was one of the early Indian actors to gain recognition internationally, alongside his work in Bollywood projects. His contribution to this international film showcased his talent to a broader audience.
10. Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher is renowned for his versatility as an actor and has taken on roles spanning various genres. He portrayed Dr. Cliff Patel in the romantic comedy film "Silver Linings Playbook" and also played the role of an Indian father in "Bend it like Beckham." His ability to excel in diverse roles has earned him recognition and acclaim both in India and internationally.
11. Suraj Sharma
Suraj Sharma, the Indian actor, made his debut with director Ang Lee's "Life of Pi." This film was an adaptation of the popular novel of the same name and earned Suraj Sharma critical acclaim for his performance. He also played the role of Aayan Ibrahim in the fourth season of the television series "Homeland" and was featured in movies like "Million Dollar Arm." His talent and promising start in the industry garnered attention and opportunities in both Indian and international cinema.
12. Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone made her Hollywood debut in the film "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," where she shared the screen with Vin Diesel. Her role in the movie marked her entry into the world of Hollywood cinema and gained her recognition on the international stage.