We believe that the three things required to be successful in Bollywood are talent, confidence and persistence. No matter where you come from, if you believe you have these three in abundance, you are sure to make your mark in this industry.
Talking about where one comes from, ever wondered where our favorite superstars of today were born? Now, Bolly-town has accepted actors from all around the world. And everyone knows that actresses like Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Sunny Leone were not born in India. But, we bet you will be surprised to know that these five celebrities who are a household name in India today weren’t even born here. But their hard-work and perseverance has paid off and how.
Deepika PadukoneThe long legged lass who is presently, amongst the highest paid actresses in the industry was born in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Daughter of badminton star Prakash Padukone, Deepika Padukone made her debut in the glamor world as a Kingfisher model at the age of 20. Soon after, she was in the lime-light with her first film, Om Shanti Om.
At the time of her birth, Mr. Padukone was in Copenhagen for his professional training. The family then returned to India when Deepika was barely a year old.
Alia BhattYou are not an Alia Bhatt fan if you didn’t know this about her. The Bhatt scion was born in England, London, to be precise. No wonder the girl has the English attitude, but we most definitely love it all.
The dimpled actress was appreciated from her very first film, Student Of The Year. A Karan Johar prodigy, Alia has always been mesmerised by the glam-world. And why not? When you have such a good lineage, you wouldn’t want to let it go waste.
The Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa actor was born in Wisconsin, USA. He moved to India after his parents separated. Very few are aware that Imran Khan is still an American citizen.
Monica DograMonica Dogra made a place for herself with her absolutely fab performance in the off-beat hit, Dhobi Ghat. An Aamir Khan starrer, the movie was unusual yet highly acclaimed for the subject and the performances.
Dogra was born in USA as well. The lady is now making heads turn with her music. She is part of an alternative, electronic music duo-Shaa’ir and Func which is quite a popular indie band.
Sarah Jane DiasThe Femina Miss India winner of 2007, Sarah wasn’t born in India. It was Oman that heard her first cry as her father was working there at the time. However, she soon realized that Bollywood was her true calling.
Do you know of any other Bollywood celebrities who weren’t born in India but have made a name in the country? Tell us in the comments below.
-By Niti Desai