Cinema is a universal language. A concrete proof of this is when we see talented actors making a name for themselves beyond Bollywood. Over the years, some phenomenal stars have made a place in global cinema, bringing glory to the Indian film industry. Apart from delivering blockbuster films, they have played some challenging characters as well.

As these actors continue to entertain and make us proud, here’s looking at the stars who became a household name in the west with their brilliant work. 

Nimrat Kaur

Rightly hailed for her keen sense of cinema and scripts, Nimrat Kaur was a part of two famous American TV series, Homeland and Wayward Pines. The actress stunned the global audience with her character and power-packed performance. Now she is gearing up for Foundation, an Apple TV+ show. 

Irrfan Khan 

A legend in his own right, Irrfan Khan, was a gift to both industries. He has many critically well-received international films to his credit, including A Mighty Heart, The Darjeeling Limited, The Namesake, Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World, Life of Pi, and Inferno

Aishwarya Rai 

Aishwarya Rai boasts a massive global fan following. The beautiful actress made her debut with British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, alongside Martin Henderson. Later, she played pivotal roles in The Last Legion and The Pink Panther 2.

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt is all set to make her Hollywood debut with the Netflix film, Heart of Stone. The actress will be joining Gal Gadot and Jamie Dornan in the international spy thriller. Directed by Tom Harper, the film is written by Greg Rucka and Allison Schroeder. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing along with Mockingbird’s Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn and Pilot Wave’s Gadot and Jaron Varsano. Harper, Rucka, and Patty Whitcher are exec producing. The plot details of Heart of Stone have been kept under wraps.

Deepika Padukone

Another leading name from Bollywood who made it in Hollywood is Deepika Padukone! The talented actress bagged a big bang debut against Vin Diesel in action flick XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage and became a sensation. She has also announced there’s another project in the making. 

Suraj Sharma

Suraj Sharma made his acting debut with the acclaimed film Life of Pi and went on to bag a BAFTA Nomination for it. He was then seen in Homeland series, How I Met Your Father, films like Million Dollar Arm, Happy Death Day 2U, and Killerman.

Ali Fazal

A big name in the OTT space in India, Ali Fazal has done many notable works in the west. His recent release, Death On The Nile, garnered massive acclaim. The actor has also delivered hits like Fast and Furious7 ,and Victoria and Abdul alongside Judi Dench.

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