The world of Bollywood is as illustrious as India itself. Bollywood is second only to Hollywood when it comes to movie-making. It attracts many foreign actresses to India to try their luck. Bollywood is open to anyone with unsurpassed beauty and incredible talent, regardless of nationality.
Nevertheless, few have gained recognition; others struggle to make their names in this competitive industry. They may not necessarily be the best actresses, but their distinctive looks have overtaken Bollywood recently.
When some of these gorgeous beauties flew overseas to India with aspirations and ambitions, they may not have thought of when their career would lead them in life. Today, these international beauties, some completely non-Indian while some with part Indian origin, have made a mark in Bollywood.
One of the biggest stars in Bollywood, we’ve almost forgotten that Katrina Kaif was born as Katrina Turquotte and is a British national. Although the actress has a Kashmiri lineage from her father’s side, she had never lived in India until she worked on her debut Bollywood project, Boom.
Karenjit Kaur Vohra, aka Sunny Leone, was born to Sikh Punjabi parents but was raised in Canada. Her stint in the adult film industry brought her immense fame until she decided to move to Bollywood and take over as a TV show host, actress, and a regular feature in dance numbers.
Jacqueline is a superstar in her own right and a household name, legitimately ‘Miss Worldwide.’ She has Sri Lankan, Malaysian, and Canadian lineage but was born and partly raised in Bahrain. Oh, let’s not forget, she’s also won the Miss Universe, Sri Lanka crown in 2006.
Famous American dancer Lauren’s popularity knew no bounds after her role in Remo D’Souza‘s Any Body Can Dance. She later participated in the dance show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’s 6th season. She routinely appears in music videos, movies, television shows, and whatnot.
This British beauty has captured hearts in Bollywood and established herself as a prominent South Indian actress. Amy Jackson is proof that language and ethnicity are barriers that can be overcome with talent and hard work. She also recently became a mother!
Nargis is an American citizen born to a Pakistani father and a Czech mother. She featured in the popular American reality TV show America’s Next Top Model as a participant. She caught her audiences’ attention with Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar opposite Ranbir Kapoor, and there’s been no turning back since. She’s also a DJ and producer now.
Evelyn Sharma is a German actress and model who appears primarily in Indian films in the Hindi language. She marked her debut with the 2006 American film Turn Left and made her Bollywood debut in the 2012 film From Sydney with Love.
The British actress has appeared in Billa and Bodyguard and a Suzuki advertisement. She danced in the Frankfinn Music remix item number Kahin Pe Nigahaen.
Not many people know this, but Swedish-Greek actress Elli Avram’s connection with India goes back long before her career started in Bollywood. She was a member of the prominent Bollywood dance team called Pardesi Dance Group, which performed all over Scandinavia. Elli debuted with Mickey Virus but rose to fame with her appearance in the reality TV show Bigg Boss.
The Moroccan-Canadian actress, model, and dancer was born in Canada but referred to herself as ‘an Indian at heart.’ She’s worked in Hindi, Telugu, and Malayalam movies, but her banging dance moves have gotten her audience smitten. Nora is one of the most sought-after foreign actresses in Bollywood for her sensual dance moves.
Claudia Ciesla is a Polish-born German actress and model who works mainly in the Indian film industry. She was a contestant on the Indian reality television series Bigg Boss.
The Serbian model and actress’s breakthrough in B-Town was with the movie Satyagraha. But she became a recognized figure after her Bigg Boss Season 8 appearance. She recently tied the knot to Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya and gave birth to a baby boy!
Her Bollywood career was not fruitful, but her performances in Love Aaj Kal and Always Kabhi Kabhi were good enough to be appreciated. Her birthplace is Brazil, and after working as a model, she decided to look towards Bollywood.
Ali Larter is an American actress. She portrayed fictional model Allegra Coleman in a 1996 Esquire magazine hoax and took guest roles on several television shows in the 1990s. She starred in the Bollywood film Marigold.
Candice Boucher is a South African model and actress. In 2010, Boucher was on the cover of Playboy and Sports Illustrated. In 2011, she starred in the Bollywood film Aazaan.
She was born in Czechoslovakia and is a model, actress, and writer. She got the much-needed fame after the song Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo. Movies like Murder 2, Chalo Dilli, and Rakht are under her name. After participating in various TV shows, she appeared again in the film Dassehra (2018) in the item song Joganiya.
Bruna Abdullah is a Brazilian actress working primarily in Bollywood. She played the role of Mary in the adult comedy film Grand Masti and Giselle in Punit Malhotra’s I Hate Luv Storys. She has also starred in the 2012 Tamil movie Billa II and the 2014 film Jai Ho as Anne.
Aruna Shields is a British actress, filmmaker, and therapist. She debuted with the 2010 Indian film Prince, starring Vivek Oberoi.
Sapna Pabbi is a British actress and model known for her work as Kiran Rathod in the Indian television series 24 and the Hindi films Khamoshiyan and Drive.
Linda Arsenio is an American actress and model from Texas. She has predominantly appeared in Indian films in various languages. She is probably best known for her performance as Jessica Beckham in the 2006 Hindi film Kabul Express.
The Mexican actress, model, producer, and writer Barbara Mori debuted in Bollywood with the movie “Kites.” She appeared in the lead role in this film, starring opposite Hrithik Roshan.