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Top 5 Indian Actors well-known in Hollywood

#1 Aishwarya Rai31-aishwarya-rai-cannes-2014

In late 2004, Rai garnered international recognition for her starring role opposite Martin Henderson in Gurinder Chadha’s British film “Bride and Prejudice”, a Bollywood-style adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. International film critics were appreciative of Rai’s “beauty” and The New York Times mentioned her as “radiantly beautiful”. Later, Rai took on the lead role of Tilo in Paul Mayeda Berges’s romantic fantasy film “The Mistress of Spices”, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

2004       Bride & Prejudice
2005       Mistress of Spices
2007       Provoked
2007       The Last Legion
2009       The Pink Panther 2

#2 Irrfan KhanIrrfan-Khan

Theatre and television kept him afloat until Mira Nair offered him a cameo in “Salaam Bombay” though his role was edited out in the final film. Khan’s English-language mainstream work includes movies like The Namesake, New York, I Love You, A Mighty Heart, Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Life of Pi, as well as in the HBO series In Treatment. In 2008, he played the police inspector in the  film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he and the cast of the movie won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. About him, Danny Boyle said, “he has an instinctive way of finding the moral center of any character, so that in Slumdog, we believe the policeman might actually conclude that Jamal is innocent”. Boyle compares him to an athlete who can execute the same move perfectly over and over.

2001       The Warrior
2004       Shadows of Time
2007       A Might Heart
2007       The Namesake
2007       The Darjeeling Limited
2007       Partition
2008       Slumdog Millionaire
2009       Hisss
2012       The Amazing Spider-Man
2012       Banker to the Poor
2012       Life of Pi

#3 Freida PintoFreida Pinto

Freida Pinto rose to prominence playing the role of “Latika” in the 2008 British Indian drama film Slumdog Millionaire, a film that marked her debut. Her performance was well received as she won the “Breakthrough Performance Award” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Pinto next starred in Woody Allen’s comedy-drama film “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, alongside Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Anupam Kher and Naomi Watts. She next appeared in the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the “Planet of the Apes”, a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series, where she played Caroline, a primatologist, and was cast opposite James Franco. Following that, Pinto starred in 2011 fantasy-action-drama film, “Immortals”, in which she played the oracle priestess Phaedra.

2008       Slumdog Millionaire
2010       You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
2010       Miral
2011       Rise of the Planet of the Apes
2011       Immortals
2012       Day of the Falcon
2012       Trishna

#4 Anupam KherAnupam Kher

Kher is known internationally for “Bend It Like Beckham”, “Bride and Prejudice” and his appearance on the hit TV show “ER”. He was also seen in “The Mistress of Spices” and “Lust, Caution”. In 2012 he co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated “Silver Linings Playbook”.

2002       Bend It Like Beckham
2004       Bride and Prejudice
2004       The Mistress of Spices
2004       Hope and a Little Sugar
2008       The Other End of the Line
2010       You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
2011       Speedy Singhs
2012       Silver Linings Playbook
2013       Midnight’s Children

#5 Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

While many Indian actors have already made their way to Hollywood’s biggest hits, Bachchan’s fans have waited for long to see him in a Hollywood film. And, Baz Luhrmann grants Bachchan’s fans their biggest wish. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan opened his account in Hollywood with Baz Luhramann’s “The Great Gatsby”.  You simply can’t forget Bachchan’s baritone and the way he introduces himself to Tobey Maguire in the film. Keeping Meyer Wolfsheim’s true identity under wraps, Bachchan interestingly creates a mystique around his character in the film displaying his acting prowess.  Baz Luhrmann decides to give a Bollywood style feel to ‘The Great Gatsby’ and what better way than to pull in India’s biggest superstar in the film. And, indeed his strategy works for the Indian audiences as more than the story, it’s Amitabh Bachchan that draws them to The Great Gatsby.

2013 The Great Gatsby

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