Bollywood is popular across the globe. Every once in a while, we see nationals of other countries, dancing on or singing the popular dance numbers. Also, the glamour and stardom blinds not only Indians but also people from other countries. So many of them have learnt Hindi and worked their way up in B-Town.
Deepika Padukone, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, was a model before she had a dream debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in blockbuster hit, Om Shanti Om. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in India and is mentioned in the media as one of the nation’s most popular and attractive personalities. She is gearing up for her Hollywood debut in an action film, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.
Born in Queen, New York to a Pakistani father and Czech mother, Nargis Fakhri made her debut in Imtiaz Ali’s musical drama Rockstar in 2011 opposite Ranbir Kapoor. She was noticed by Imtiaz when she appeared in a highly popular Indian print campaign for the 2009 Kingfisher Calendar.
Presently, Katrina Kaif is one of the leading ladies of Bollywood with many successful movies to her credit. She made her debut in Bollywood in Boom (2003), a critical and commercial failure, where the filmmaker Kaizad Gustad spotted her at a fashion show in London. Born in Hong Kong, she lived in many countries before the family settled in London. Katrina is now one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses.
Monica Dogra, an amercian singer and actress, is of Indian origin but grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She is one half of the Mumbai-based electronic rock duo Shaa’ir and Func along with guitarist Randolph Correia. She made her acting debut in Dhobi Ghat.
Jacqueline Fernandez is a Sri Lankan model and actress and the winner of the 2006 Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant. Born in Bahrain, her father is Sri Lankan and mother is of Malaysian and Canadian ancestry. She was on a modeling assignment in India when she chanced upon the audition of the fantasy drama Aladin, which marked her debut in Bollywood. She is currently as a judge on the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Imran Khan was born in Madison, Wisconsin, United States to Anil Pal, a software engineer and Nuzhat Khan, a psychologist. He first appeared as a child artist in films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. He made his full-fledged acting debut as leading hero in romantic comedy Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na for which he won several awards.
Evelyn Sharma was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Known for his role as a bimbo in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Sharma she made her Bollywood debut playing the role of Lubaina Snyder in the film From Sydney with Love in 2012.
Amy Jackson was born in the Isle of Man to English parents, Alan Jackson and Marguerita Jackson. She began modelling at age 16, going on to win the 2009 Miss Teen World competition and the 2010 Miss Liverpool title. And that is where she was spotted (on the Miss Teen World website) by Indian film producers and invited her to audition for the Tamil period-drama film Madrasapattinam. She made her Bollywood debut in Ekk Deewana Tha in 2012.