From Priyanka Chopra Jonas to Alia Bhatt – List of Bollywood stars with their ticket to Hollywood

The age-old practice of raising the bar and slowly venturing into Hollywood land is not foreign to Bollywood stars. From time immemorial, some of the A-listers from Tinsel town have risen to noteworthy fame as they became part of Hollywood projects alongside respected artists from the industry. As they pursued their dreams of parallel roles in the West – they brought great glory and back to India with their widespread presence in the world of performing arts.

The latest to join the bandwagon is none other than one of the youngest superstars of Bollywood – Alia Bhatt. This is a year of firsts for many reasons to her, but her big Hollywood debut alongside Gal Gadot and Jamie Dornan in Heart Of Stone has raked up a much-heated discussion. Pondering on the same, here’s a little throwback to all the Bollywood stars who ventured into Hollywood over the years and basked in the glory of the success achieved in the West.

Om Puri

His much appreciated film Gandhi helmed by Richard Attenborough received the highly prestigious Academy Award. Other than this, his Hollywood filmography also includes Mike Nichol’s Charlie Wilson’s War, the British-comedy project East Is East by the renowned Damien O’Donnell, Roland Joffe’s City Of Joy, The Hundred-Foot Journey by Lasse Hallstrom and Code 46 by Michael Winterbottom. He has undoubtedly had the most number of Hollywood projects in his career graph.

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Saeed Jaffrey

His illustrious filmography in both Hollywood and Bollywood shows his global presence as an artist. From Satyajit Ray to Richard Attenborough, he has done a horde of impressive films and played characters to perfection. His list of Hollywood ventures include The Wilby Conspiracy back in 1975, The Man Who Would Be King in the same year, Sphinx, A Passage To India, The Far Pavilions, The Razor’s Edge and My Beautiful Laundrette.

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Naseeruddin Shah

One of the finest theater actors to have graced the world of Bollywood charmed his way into Hollywood as well. His filmography downtown West includes The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Great New Wonderful, and the reputed Mira Nair directorial Monsoon Weddings.

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Anupam Kher

Starring with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is no easy win, Anupam Kher proved his mettle as a powerful performer in films Silver Linings Playbook. He’s been acting in Hollywood films like Bend it like Beckham, Bride & Prejudice, Lust, Caution, The Other End Of The Line, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Midnight’s Children, The Big Sick and many more.

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Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor who only ages backward has been a household name not only with his Bollywood representation but with his projects abroad as well. His journey from 24 to the Oscar-nominated Slumdog Millionaire by exceptional filmmaker Danny Boyle was revolutionary and put him on the global map.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

She is touted as the most beautiful woman in the world, but her Miss World Days were followed by an exceptionally soaring graph of Hollywood films. To date, she’s remembered fondly across oceans for her global presence as an actress. Her film Bride and Prejudice which was based on Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice – also featured other Indian stars namely Anupam Kher, Namrata Shirodkar, and Sonali Kulkarni, other projects listed are – The Pink Panther 2, The Mistress Of Spices and The Last legion .

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Deepika Padukone

Deepika has come a long way from her modeling days to her big debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om to her Hollywood debut with Vin Diesel in XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage. In an out-and-out action film – Deepika at the peak of her career took her Hollywood debut plunge and it sure bore fruit owing to her commitment to acing her roles.

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Irrfan Khan

A legendary actor who left us too soon, but not without leaving his footprints behind on both the Indian and western subcontinent. His filmography is proof of his talent as an artist and the West had to witness it long back. His noteworthy Hollywood works include Inferno which was based on Dan Brown’s bestseller – Da Vinci Code. Life Of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man were other films that made him world-renowned. He’s also acted in projects like New York, I Love You., HBO series In Treatment, and Jurassic World.

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas

There are many hats that Priyanka Chopra Jonas has donned over the years as she traversed from Bollywood to Hollywood. In the past two years, she’s become an author, producer, pop singer, and entrepreneur in addition to being a promising actor. She made a splashing Hollywood debut with her TV show Quantico for which she also won the People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Actress. Soon she expanded and became a well-known face in Hollywood with other projects like A Kid Like Jake, Baywatch, and Isn’t It Romantic. She has a slew of projects in the lineup to watch out for – It’s All Coming Back To Me, a sci-fi TV Series titled Citadel and Cowboy Ninja Viking, a comic book adaptation.

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Unstoppable and Incredible – those are the two words that would befittingly define the meteoric rise of Alia Bhatt. This year has started with good tidings as her much-awaited Sanjay Leela Bhansali period production – Gangubai Kathiawadi skyrocketed to success with excellent box-office collections and audience reviews. Soon the news of her big Hollywood debut spread like wildfire as it also stars two of the biggest Hollywood heartthrobs – Gal Gadot and Jamie Dornan in an OTT film titled Heart Of Stone. Helmed by Tom Harper, the film has already started its shoot, and very recently Alia Bhatt took off to shoot for the project as well.

The lines are blurring with the opportunities coming from Hollywood to Bollywood. A horde of respected stars from Tinsel town has gone to the West and made a great name for themselves with their impressive body of work. Only leaves us to continue with the discussion of who’s next and what’s next from a global domination perspective by Bollywood stars.


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