Six popular non-Indian actresses in Bollywood
Bollywood has its fair share of stunningly beautiful and brilliantly talented actresses. Many of these actresses are part of notable Indian families and Bollywood clans like the Chopras, Kapoors and the Deols, and their success could partially be attributed to them being part of these families. Yet, some accomplished actresses have achieved widespread fame whilst coming from a non-Indian background.
Let’s take a look at these actresses.
Born in Hong Kong, Katrina spent most of her life in London. Winning a beauty contest at the age of 14, she caught the eye of numerous big names in Bollywood. The first film she was cast in, Boom, was a commercial failure. However, she went on to gain success through her role in Maine Pyar Kyun Kia and Namaste London. Playing various roles from a glamourous model in Boom to a role inspired by Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi in Raajneeti, Kartrina Kaif has worked her way up to being one of the highest paid and being regarded as one of the most attractive actresses in Bollywood.
Winner of the Miss Universe Sri Lanka beauty pageant, Jaqueline fernandez marked her debut with Alladin, for which she was awarded the ‘Debut of the Year- Female IIFA Award’. However, her breakthrough role came when she was cast in Murder 2. Success followed her with her widely successful movies Housefull 2, Race 2 and Kick. The fabulous actress is also famous for her humanitarian work.
The strikingly beautiful actress, born in New York to a Pakistani father and Czech mother, Nargis Fakhri began her career as a model and contestant in America’s Next Top Model. Her debut role came as the rich and spoilt yet beautiful Kashmiri girl, Heer Kaul, in Rockstar. She received critical acclaim for playing a war correspondent in Madras Cafe, and later acted in successful comedies, Housefull 3 and Main Tera Hero.
Manisha Koirala was born to a politically eminent family in Nepal. Trained initially in various Indian classical dance forms, Manisha made her acting debut in the 1991 drama film Saudagar with Raaj Kumar and Dilip Kumar. Playing in various mainstream films such as 1942: A Love Story, the Nepali beauty has thrice won the ‘Filmfare Critics’ Award’. Particularly known for her social activism and her work to prevent violence against women and human trafficking, she was the recipient of Nepal’s ‘Humanitarian Ambassador Award’ and has also worked as a United Nations Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador.
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More popularly known by her stage name Sunny Leone, the actress is known more for her role in adult films than Bollywood movies. Her debut and much-anticipated role came in Jism 2, which turned out to be much popular among fans of her past career. This was followed by the commercially successful Jackpot, Ragini MMS 2 and Ek Paheli Leela. The actress is socially active and has campaigned for the American Cancer Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Salma Agha is another actress in this group with a Pakistani background. Born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in London, her debut in Bollywood was the romantic drama Nikaah, which earned her the ‘Filmfare Best Female Playback Award’ and a ‘Best Actress’ nomination. Before moving into Bollywood, she was famous for her band Agha, in which she and her sister covered songs of the famed Swedish pop group Abba in Hindi.