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8 Actresses Who Made Their Way from Bollywood to Hollywood.


By Aarti Patil

We have some of the most beautiful actresses in our country. And some of those beauties have no boundaries. It’s not just their beauty, it is their talent as well that has made them break barriers and get to do movies in other industries. Here are some of those Bollywood beauties who have made their to Hollywood from Bollywood.

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.

  • Waterborne(2005)
  • A Decent Arrangement (2011)
  • Loins of Punjab Presents (2007)
  • Son of the Pink Panther (1993)
  • City of Joy (1992)
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)


Recipient of many Filmfare awards, Tabu, who was last seen in Haider, got her chance to work in Hollywood twice. Both of the films she worked were based on novels of the same name, Namesake and Life of Pi. Interestingly enough, she played the role of a mother in both and worked alongside Irrfan Khan.

  • The Namesake (2006)
  • Life of Pi (2012)

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan

Aishwarya recently returned to acting after a brief hiatus following the birth of her child, but her big break in Hollywood came in 2007 when she appeared in The Last Legion with actors like Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth. Although the film didn’t do well, she was soon seen again in the Steve Martin-starrer, The Pink Panther 2 as a villain. Neither film, however garnered her much acclaim in Hollywood circles.

  • Bride and Prejudice (2004)
  • The Mistress of Spices (2005)
  • Provoked: A True Story (2006)
  • The Last Legion (2007)
  • The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Nargis Fakhri

The latest addition in this list is Nargis Fakhri. The lady is playing the role of a special agent in the movie. The reports say that she had done all the action sequences by herself without using a body double.

  • Spy (2015)

Freida Pinto

She made her debut in the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. She has acted in many movies like “You will meet a tall dark stranger”, “Trishna”, “Immortals” etc. Her role in Slumdog Millionaire was praised a lot.

  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
  • Black Gold (2011)
  • Rise of Planet of the Apes (2011)
  • Immortals (2011)

Mallika Sherawat

Mallika Sherawat is one of those stars whose news of Hollywood acting made quite a buzz in the town. Famous for controversies, she has acted in many Hollywood movies and has even played a lead role in one.

  • The Myth (2005)
  • Hisss (2010)
  • Politics of Love (2011)

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka made waves this year as she landed a starring role in American TV drama Quantico, in which she plays agent-in-training Alex Parrish. This is well personified by ‘Baywatch’s lead villain, our very own Priyanka Chopra. The actress, who will be playing the character named Victoria Leeds in her Hollywood debut film, has started shooting for the film.

Deepika Padukone

Many Bollywood stars may have featured in Hollywood films, albeit mostly in small roles but actress Deepika Padukone, set for her international feature debut, hopes more A-listers from India now take the plunge in the west. Deepika features alongside Hollywood star Vin Diesel in the third installment of xXx, titled xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

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