With over a thousand movies being made every year, the Bollywood film industry is a vast one. Our actors have won huge accolades and recognition the world over and we have also seen the rise of Bollywood actors crossing over into Hollywood and becoming part of successful movies and series. Here is a short list of actors who’ve made their mark in Hollywood and what to expect from them in the coming year.
1. Priyanka Chopra
No Bollywood cross-over list is complete without the vivacious and social media savy actor Priyanka Chopra. The actor has dabbled in music by making international hits such as Exotic and In My City, soon after which she was offered a role in the U.S. television network ABC’s new series Quantico where she played the lead character and will continue to do so in the New Year. She has been sharing her on-set capers for Season 3 of the show with her fans. Priyanka has also starred in the iconic Baywatch movie recently alongside Zac Efron and The Rock, where she played a villain. She will also be seen in two upcoming movies in the New Year, namely, Isn’t It Romantic, and A Kid Like Jake.
2. Irrfan Khan
One of the finest actors in Bollywood today is Irrfan Khan and over the years he has made a mark in Hollywood as well. Starting with Mira Nair’s The Namesake in 2006, he went on to star in movies like A Mighty Heart (2007) alongside Angelina Jolie and New York, I Love You (2008), as well as the Oscar winning movie Life of Pi (2012). Audiences would remember him from recent roles in iconic movies like The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Jurassic World (2015) and also alongside Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the 2016 adaptation of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon thriller, Inferno. He will be seen next alongside Priyanka Chopra in the movie A Kid Like Jake, that recently got nominated for the Sundance Film Festival and also stars actors Jim Parsons and Claire Danes. He is all set to shoot for Marc Turtletaub’s film Puzzle as well.
3. Deepika Padukone
Beloved actress Deepika Padukone has graced red carpets the world over right from the MET Gala to the Cannes film festival. She is much sought after in Hollywood, especially after she starred alongside Vin Diesel in one of the top-grossing movies of the year, xXx: Return of Xander Cage. The sequel to the movie is all set to release next year and will have her playing a pivotal role yet again.
Various other actors like Om Puri, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, and Ali Fazal among others are making a mark in Hollywood as well. No longer are Bollywood actors confined to blink and miss roles, they’re slowly becoming a part of the Hollywood mainstream representing a diverse set of Indian diaspora along the way.