It is surprising how many of Bollywood actresses are foreigners. It has become a fashionable trend to cast actresses born in another country. It doesn’t matter if they can hardly speak Hindi or that they can’t even act, as long as they are hot and from another country. The Indian audience just associates foreigners with being more exotic and beautiful. The way directors have been casting foreign heroines it seems like there are no beautiful women left in India. Of course this isn’t the case, but who can explain this to bollywood directors and producers who stick to whatever trend seems to be working. Although there are many foreign actresses in bollywood today let’s look at some of the more successful ones who have made it in bollywood despite being born in another country.
7. Deepika Padukone:
You must be thinking what Deepika Padukone, one of the most adored bikini babes of India, is doing on this list as she isn’t a foreigner. But the fact is that she wasn’t born in India. She was born in Copenhagen, Denmark while her father, Prakash Padukone, was on a badminton training session there. She spent her first 11 months in that country before her family moved back to India. So technically she is a foreigner and she has done very well in bollywood and has become one of the leading ladies of Indian cinema.
The first foreign actress to appear in Hindi films was Helen Jairag Richardson. She was born in Burma in 1938 to an Anglo Indian father and a Burmese mother. Maybe because of her foreign origins she was able to play the role of a sexy seductress with ease and credibility. She appeared in over 100 movies mainly as a dancer and singer and that must make her the first item girl of bollywood as well.
5. Nargis Fakhri:
Nargis Fakhri was born in Queens, New York. Her father is Pakistani while her mother is Czech. She was a model in New York and participated in America’s Next Top Model in 2004. She made her bollywood debut with Rockstar for which she had to learn Hindi. Imtiaz Ali has a prejudice for foreign born actresses for some reason and Nargis was the beneficiary of that. She is trying to solidify her career and was appreciated for her recent role in Madras Café.
4. Giselli Monteiro:
They say Brazilians and Indians look very similar and Giselli Monteiro proved that when she played a quiet Punjabi girl in Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal. She was born in Brazil and is a model and now an actress in bollywood. She had auditioned for a the role of Jo, a foreigner, but she was chosen as Harleen Kaur and pulled it off very impressively. Her lines had to be dubbed but she managed to look very Punjabi indeed.
3. Yana Gupta:
Yana Gupta was born as Jana Synkova in Czech Republic. She travelled to Japan to become a model and later came to India. She married Satyakam Gupta and relocated to Pune and became Yana Gupta. She continued to model and made her bollywood debut in an item song in Dum. She has since done many item numbers and small appearances in bollywood movies and also participated in Fear Factor.
2. Jacqueline Fernandes:
Jacqueline Fernandes is from Sri Lanka. She belongs to Sri Lankan and Malaysian origins through her parents. She was born in Sri Lanka and brought up in Bahrain. She was a model and became Miss Sri Lanka Universe in 2006. She made her debut in Aladin and later did Jane Kaha Se Aayi Hai but her success began with Muder 2. She received critical acclaim for that role. Her movies Housefull 2 and Race 2 have also been successful and established her as a promising leading lady of bollywood.
1. Katrina Kaif:
Of course when you talk about foreign actresses making it big in bollywood, none compares to the success achieved by Katrina Kaif. She was born as Katrina Turquotte in Hong Kong to a Kashmiri father and British mother. She started her career as a model and made her bollywood debut with Boom which was a big failure. But Katrina didn’t give up and stared in many successful movies. She was ridiculed for her bad Hindi at first and her voice was dubbed over in many movies. But she slowly improved her Hindi and her acting and received critical acclaim for movies such as Rajneeti. Today she is the most commercially successful heroine of bollywood.