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Making India Proud! Bollywood Stars Who Have Acted In Hollywood Films..

By: Prathibha Chandra
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The 'East meets West' connection today seems to have soared up high in the air. After many years of great movies and stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha, why is it that now Hollywood is taking notice of the glamorous Bollywood world?

Could it be the beauty that some of the newcomers possess, a la Aishwarya Rai? Or is it the strong culture and family values which pervade a certain innocence Hollywood no longer seems to maintain? Or is it merely the fact that they want a change?

Aishwarya Rai - Provoked, Pink Panther 2, Mistress Of Spices, Bride And Prejudice

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, not only well-known for her beauty in the West, she proved her acting skills with a stunning performance as a victim of domestic violence in Provoked. She was also praised for her roles in her other movies too.

Priyanka Chopra - Baywatch

After Quantico Priyanka is all set to make her Hollywood debut with Baywatch. The sultry siren is playing a sexy villain, Victoria Leeds, in this flick, opposite to Dwayne Johnson. Let's hope Piggy Chops makes it bigger in Hollywood!

Deepika Padukone - xXx: Return of Xander Cage

One of the top actresses of today, Deepika Padukone is stepping big, globally. Her debut venture with Vin Diesel has raised her star-status sky-high. Adding yet another feather in the cap, Deepika Padukone is now featured among Vanity Fair's pick of Hollywood's Next Generation. Wow!

Amitabh Bachchan - The Great Gatsby

The ‘Baap of Bollywood' Amitabh Bachchan, with a career spanning four decades, called the ‘one-man industry' in his times, also a successful TV anchor of Kaun Banega Crorepati, going Hollywood way, seems just an another needed wing for all his achievements. Calling it ‘just a friendly gesture', Amitji played a cameo in his first Hollywood feature alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

Anil Kapoor - Mission Impossible 4, Slumdog Millionaire

The famous 24 series star Anil Kapoor is Bollywood's ‘Shaan'. Going global was just what he needed to enhance his evergreen filmy career. As a sleazy anchor of a television show in Slumdog, Anil grabbed the attention of the people of the West.

Irrfan Khan - Life of Pi, Jurassic World, The Amazing Spider-Man

From television to Hollywood, Irrfan's journey is unbelievable. Irrfan, known for his natural acting skills in Bollywood, is a bundle of talent and excellence and one of the best exports to Hollywood. Who says he is an underrated actor in Bollywood? Just look in!

Anupam Kher - Bend It Like Beckham, Silver Linings Playbook

The Saaransh actor Anupam Kher is not at all a new face in Hollywood. With more than 10 Hollywood films in his kitty, Anupam Kher's role as Dr. Patel in the Silver Linings Playbook, alongside Hollywood giants Robert de Niro and Bradley Cooper in key roles was just another added dignity.

Whatever it is, this bondage is growing stronger and stronger day by day. Factually, now both these industries seem to be the members of the 'mutual admiration club'.

Very earlier, Amrish Puri in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, and as Khan in Gandhi, Om Puri in The Mystic Masseur, City Of Joy, East Is East and The Ghost And The Darkness, and Naseeruddin Shah in The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen have made Hollywood entries. But somehow the trend of B-town actors working on Hollywood didn't pick up as such.

Starting this forgotten trend all over again, the beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan took the lead in beelining the journey of B-town stars towards Hollywood. Bagging back-to-back films in West not only bought fame and pride for our country but also lead to a firmer Bolly-Holly connection.

Following which, Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, Nargis Fakri, Anil Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat, Anupam Kher, Tabu, Shabana Azmi made their presence felt in Hollywood.

And now, our own Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra (Baywatch) and stunning performer Deepika Padukone (xXx- Return of Xander Cage) is all set to launch their careers in Hollywood.

Such stars making India proud? Certainly...

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