10 Indian Actors You Didn’t Know Have Worked In Hollywood Films

Our Bollywood actors have not only won hearts in our country but have also shown some brilliant performances in Hollywood and we honestly couldn’t be more proud.


Well, not all of them have been awesome and there are some movies we wish they weren’t a part of.


Performances like these, we hope to keep happening often!


Here’s a list of 10 Bollywood stars who’ve left us impressed with their acting skills even in Hollywood.

1) Anand Tiwari – Many may find it interesting that this incredibly talented but yet underused actor has crossed the ocean to star in a film alongside Naomi Watts. The 2010 thriller was also the official entry at Cannes. (Source)

2) Poorna Jagannathan – We may have become aware of her work only post Delhi Belly (2011) but Poorna Jagannathan has been working in Hollywood for longer than we think. From a string of TV appearances to featuring in movies like Thanks for Sharing Poorna has cemented her position in Hollywood better than most other Indian origin actors. She also stars in the super successful show The Night Of.


3) Saeed Jaffrey – This legendary actor of Hindi films is also one of the first stalwarts of Indian cinema to more than successfully cross over to the West. Even Hollywood recognized his achievements when he passed away in late 2015. He’s done movies like Gandhi, The Man Who Would Be King, A Passage To India and more. More than Hollywood, Saeed Jaffrey had cemented his legacy in British cinema, being recognized as a skilled character actor.


4) Gulshan Grover – The famous Badman of Bollywood has also trespassed international boundaries for cinema. He made a hoot by bagging prominent roles in films in the West like ‘Beeper’, ‘Blind Ambition’ etc. (source)


5) Om Puri


Om Puri has not only given us some of the finest movies in Bollywood but has also shown exceptionally amazing skills in a lot of Hollywood projects. His versatile acting proves why he is best for every movie regardless the fact which industry it belongs to.

  • City of Joy (1992)
  • Wolf (1994)
  • The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
  • My Son the Fanatic (1997)
  • East is East (1999)
  • Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

6) Tabu


Awarded with the Padma Shri, Tabu has time and again proved why she is one of the most refined actresses we have and after her performance in Hollywood’s ‘The Namesake’, we knew she’s certainly meant for greater things. She was also seen in ‘Life Of Pi’ which turned out to be a commercially successful and critically acclaimed movie.

  • The Namesake (2006)
  • Life of Pi (2012)

7) Anupam Kher


Apart from being extremely popular in Bollywood and opting for roles that make his versatility evident, Kher was seen playing the role of court-mandated therapist, Dr. Cliff Patel in the romantic comedy movie “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012).  He was also seen in ‘Bend it like Beckham’ playing the role of a quintessential Indian father.

    • Bend it Like Bechkam (2002)
    • Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

8) Naseeruddin Shah


Shah’s name on this list does not come as a surprise because a man like him deserves every bit of the film industry regardless the country it belongs to. Shah understands cinema and his passion for acting is very evident in his work. His first Hollywood movie was ‘The Monsoon Wedding’ and in the second movie he played the role of Captain Nemo in a movie called ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’. He has also acted in two Pakistani movies.

  • The Monsoon Wedding (2001)
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
  • The Great New Wonderful (2005)

9) Amrish Puri 


Known for playing the finest villain characters, Amrish had also tried his luck in Hollywood and bagged himself a role pretty much the same that would do here. Puri played the character of a demonic thuggee priest in  “Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom” (1984).

  •  Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom (1984).

10) Roshan Seth 


I am sure we all remember the iconic film, ‘Gandhi’ (1982) and certainly couldn’t get over how realistic every character looked. The role of Jawahar Lal Nehru was played the Roshan Seth. He was also seen playing a part in ‘Street Fighter’.

  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Street Fighter (1994)

How many of these did you know about? Let us know in the comments below!

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