Did you know these 15 Hollywood artistes are of Indian-origin?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020, 12:19 | Nikita Wagh
  • Dev Patel: The London-born bunny-eared actor has shifted base to the US. Besides Hollywood, he also appeared on the popular TV show, 'The Newsroom'. He played the mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in British biographical drama 'The Man Who Knew Infinity'. He has bagged an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'Lion'

    Notable films: 'Lion', 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'The Last Airbender', 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', 'Hotel Mumbai'

  • M. Night Shyamalan: The Indian-born screenwriter and filmmaker, M. Night Shyamalan, directed the critically acclaimed and highly successful Bruce Willis starrer 'The Sixth Sense'

    Notable films: 'The Sixth Sense', 'Split', 'Unbreakable'

  • Tarsem Singh: The Punjab-born director Tarsem Singh had worked on music videos, and commercials before foraying into film direction with Jennifer Lopez starrer 'The Cell'. He has also directed some big-budget films 'Immortals' and 'Mirror Mirror'. Pic/AFP

    Notable films: 'Immortals', 'Mirror Mirror', 'The Cell'

  • Naveen Andrews: One of the most recognisable faces in crossover cinema, Naveen has also shot for the TV series, 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland'

    Notable films: 'The English Patient', 'Provoked: A True Story', 'Diana'

  • Freida Pinto: The Mumbai-born actress is yet to work in a Bollywood film, and was seen with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in 'Knight of Cups'. Pic/Santa Banta.

    Notable films: 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', 'Immortals'

  • Archie Panjabi: She won an Emmy for her performance in the hit show, 'The Good Wife', and was seen in the film, 'San Andreas'.

    Notable films: 'Bend it like Beckham', 'The Constant Gardener', 'A Good Year', 'A Mighty Heart', 'Traitor'

  • Kal Penn: Kal Penn is active in public administration. He is also engaged in Hollywood. He made his feature film debut with Express: Aisle to Glory (1998). He has starred in several popular films like Van Wilder, Wanted, A Lot Like Love, Dude, Where's the Party?, Love Don't Cost a Thing and Harold & Kumar series, among others. He has also been part of popular US sitcoms like House MD, How I Met Your Mother and recently The Big Bang Theory. Pic/AFP

    Notable films: 'Harold & Kumar' series, 'The Namesake', 'Superman Returns', 'Epic Movie'

  • Suraj Sharma: New Delhi boy Suraj Sharma made his debut in the 2012 film 'Life of Pi'. Director Ang Lee chose Suraj because of his innocent appearance and expressive eyes. In 2014, he portrayed Aayan Ibrahim, nephew of a terrorist, in season 4 of the TV series 'Homeland'. He also starred in 'Million Dollar Arm'

    Notable work: 'Life of Pi' (2012), 'Million Dollar Arm' (2014), 'Homeland' (2014)

  • Kunal Nayyar: Famous for playing the eccentric scientist, Raj Koothrappali, in the sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory', he also turned producer.

    Notable film: 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • Aasif Mandvi: Aasif has worked in a number of Hollywood films including 'Million Dollar Arm'

    Notable films: 'Spider-Man 2', 'Margin Call', 'Premium Rush'

  • Aziz Ansari: Aziz Ansari is well known for his role as Tom Haverford on the hit show 'Parks and Recreation'. He was also in the lead with Jesse Eisenberg in '30 Minutes or Less'. Pic/AFP

    Notable films: '30 Minutes or Less', 'Get Him to the Greek', 'I Love You'

  • Indira Varma: A regular in popular television projects, the actress was also seen in the TV series, 'Game of Thrones'. She also shot for 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

    Notable films: 'Kama Sutra', 'Bride and Prejudice', 'Basic Instinct 2'

  • Dileep Rao: Remember the bearded Yusuf in Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'? In the film, his character drives the van into the river. The Los Angeles-based actor juggles films with TV

    Notable films: 'Avatar', 'Inception', 'Drag Me to Hell'

  • Sanjeev Bhaskar: Popular for his show, 'The Kumars at No 42' (which has been renamed as The Kumars), Sanjeev was also seen in 'Absolutely Anything'. He is active in British films as well as American ones. Pic/AFP

    Notable films: 'The Guru', 'London Boulevard', 'Scoop'

  • Ashok Amritraj: The former professional tennis player is a successful Hollywood producer. He has produced over 100 films under his banner since the mid-1980s

    Notable films: 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance', 'Walking Tall', 'Machete'

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About The Gallery

Dev Patel, best known for his film Slumdog Millionaire, had his recent release Hotel Mumbai hit theatres in November, 2019. On his birthday today (April 23), let's take a deep dive into some of the celebrities of Indian-origin who have earned a name for themselves in Hollywood