The topic always creates a buzz when a Bollywood actor or actress seizes a role in Hollywood. Here are 12 Bollywood heroines who may or may not had successful career in Bollywood but made it to Hollywood.
1. Mallika Sherawat
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Known for her sexy image and controversial statements, Mallika hasn’t been limited to Bollywood films. She grabbed a first international role in Jackie Chan’s movie ‘The Myth’ in 2005. Her next movie ‘Hiss’ released in 2010, written and directed by an American director but was also released in Hindi and other languages. Another Hollywood movie she acted in was ‘Politics of Love’ released in 2011.
2. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
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Considered as the most beautiful women, Aishwarya has claimed her fame in both Bollywood and Hollywood. She started her international career with Bride and Prejudice which released in 2004, was appreciated for her beauty but was questioned for her acting skills. Her next Hollywood movie ‘The Last Legion’ released in 2007, where she was again cast for her beauty. Her last movie ‘Pink Panther 2’ released in 2009 in which she portrayed the character of a researcher and criminology expert from India.
3. Freida Pinto
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Freida started her movie career with an international film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ which released in 2008. She received a lot of appreciation for her acting and received international fame. At one time she became one of the highest paid Bollywood actress although she had never done a Bollywood film. Since then she had been acting in Hollywood only and appeared in films like ‘Rise of the planet of the Apes’, ‘Immortals’ etc.
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Known for her versatile acting, Tabu has also acted in a couple of Hollywood movies. She debuted her Hollywood career from ‘The Namesake’ which released in 2007 where she portrayed the role of a Bengali women married to Irrfan Khan and their struggle as immigrants in U.S. Her next movie was ‘Life of Pi’ where she portrayed the role of Gita Patel, Pi’s mother.
5. Nimrat Kaur
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The Lunchbox famed actress who has done a few movies was quickly able to get a start in Hollywood as well. She appeared in the character of an ISI agent named Tasneem Qureshi in the American TV series Homeland in the 4th season in 2014.
6. Priyanka Chopra
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The multi-talented Priyanka Chopra is all over Bollywood and Hollywood as well now. Recently, she created a lot of buzz for playing the lead character of FBI trainer Alex Parrish in American television show Quantico. But this is not the first time PC has been to Hollywood. Her first break in Hollywood was as a voice over artist where she lent her voice to the character of Ishani in Disney’s film ‘Planes’ released in 2013. Later she started her musical career in Hollywood with her first single ‘In My City’ which debuted in September 2012 in a TV spot for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. Later another single ‘Exotic’ featuring Pitbull was released in 2013 which was a big hit.
7. Jacqueline Fernandez
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Sri Lankan actress who had already made her mark in Bollywood has also been working on her Hollywood Debut. Her first Hollywood Film ‘Definition of Fear’ began filming on October 10,2014 in Canada. She is portraying the role of Sarah Fording a Psychology student.
8. Bipasha Basu
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Bipasha made her debut in Hollywood film ‘The Lovers’ released in 2013 which was a romance time travel adventure. Known as one of the sexiest women in Bollywood, she starred opposite to one of the sexiest guy Josh Hartnett. She portrayed the role of a Maratha warrior named Tulaja Naik with whom the actor falls in love.
9. Persis Khambatta
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Not many people know but she was one of the earliest actresses to work in Hollywood. Her debut movie in Hollywood was ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ that released in 1979 and brought her a lot of fame for her bald character Lieutenant Ilia. Her popularity kept her bringing more and more roles from Hollywood. Prior to her break in Hollywood she did not have a much successful career in Bollywood.
10. Tina Desai
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Model turned actress made her Bollywood debut with movie Yeh Faasley which released in year 2011. Without much success in Bollywood she was offered a role in a British movie. She portrayed the role of Sunaina in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ which released in 2012 and then in the sequel ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigon Hotel’ which released in 2015. She has also played a role in an American Science fiction drama web television series named ‘Sense 8’ which released in June 2015. She portrayed the role of Kala Dandekar, a university educated pharmacist.
11. Lillete Dubey
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Lillete’s first break in Hollywood was with ‘Monsoon Wedding’ which released in 2001. Later she portrayed the role of Mrs. Kapoor in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ which released in 2012 and then in sequel ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigon Hotel’ which released in 2015. She also appeared in ‘Dr. Cabbie’ which released in 2014.
12. Nargis Fakhri
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The American beauty who made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Rockstar’ in year 2011. From her successful career in Bollywood now she also got the opportunity to work in Hollywood. She got a role to play in American movie Spy released in June 2015.