While working in Hollywood is a dream of many worldwide, Indian-origin actors contributed a fair share of their talents to this global film industry. Sabu Dastagir, popularly known as ‘Sabu,’ was the first Indian actor to set foot in Hollywood as early as the 1930s. His immense popularity in Britain and the US inducted him to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
The saga continued with Indian actors like Irrfan Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, and other prominent artists. Check out the most promising Indian-origin actors shining bright in Hollywood in recent years.
1. Dev Patel
Early in his career, Dev Patel landed on role in a controversial series on television, ‘Skins’ (2007-13), and caught the attention of Danny Boyle, the director of ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ After playing the role of Jamal Malik, a Muslim boy born and brought up in Mumbai in this 2008 film, he didn’t have to look back.
His acting skills in this superhit comedy-drama got acclaim across the globe, and he got the breakthrough only a few can dream of. Dev later worked on films like ‘Lion,’ ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and its sequel, ‘The Road Within,’ ‘Chappie’ and many more.
2. Priyanka Chopra
The “Desi Girl” Priyanka Chopra is undeniably a global star who took Hollywood by storm with her kickass performance in American Television Series’ Quantico’.
This Indian-origin actor has become a familiar face in Hollywood with her back-to-back hits like ‘The White Tiger,’ ‘Isn’t It Romantic, ‘A Kid Like Jake’ and ‘Baywatch,’ and the list goes on. Her upcoming film ‘Text for You,’ an American romantic drama, is post-production.
She is one of those very few actors who successfully runs a parallel career in the West and makes India proud.
3. Frieda Pinto
After her debut film, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ won the Oscar for Best Film, Frieda Pinto made a big name in Hollywood. Later on, she acted in films like ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘You will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, ‘Miral,’ ‘Day of the Falcon,’ ‘Intrusion,’ ‘Only,’ and many more.
4. Karan Soni
You must have remembered Dopinder (Karan Soni), an Indian taxi driver in the superhero flick ‘Deadpool.’ Well, he also worked in several Hollywood films like ‘Safety Not
Guaranteed,’ ‘Supremacy,’ Goosebumps,’ and ‘Obedient Artists’ before getting recognized for ‘Deadpool.’
He made a big name in the Hollywood film industry for films like ‘The Sweet Life,’ ‘Unicorn Store,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ and likes.
5. Sendhil Ramamurthy
This Indian-origin actor is a famous face in Internal Television shows. He got global fame after getting featured in the American TV Series ‘Heroes’, where he played the character of Mohinder. Sendhil Ramamurthy also got praises for his role as Wilcox in ‘Covert Affairs.’
6. Sooraj Sharma
Ang Lee found Pi in Sooraj Sharma for his film ‘Life of Pi.’ The film bagged Oscar and Academy Awards, and Sooraj got a permanent ticket to Hollywood.
His later work, including ‘Million Dollar Arm,’ got him the limelight he deserves.
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