Shah Rukh Khan: The king of romance, Shah Rukh Khan has ruled the hearts for almost three decades. The Badshah of Bollywood has also been awarded as 'The Global Icon Of The Year' in 2015. SRK is a global force to reckon with, the actor has fans from across the world. From Germany, Bulgaria, the US, UK, China among other countries. SRK is not only a fabulous actor but also a motivational speaker and has a witty sense of humour. He has a huge fan following on all his social media accounts and also been a motivational speaker on an international show TED Talks.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world. It's not just the Bollywood where the beautiful lady has made it big on the silver screen but has also done quite a few challenging roles in the West that left everyone starstruck with her talent. From being the most beautiful woman to a super mom, Aishwarya has nailed each and every role in her personal as well as professional life. The blue-eyed lady is also the brand ambassador for an international cosmetic giant for several years and she is also part of charity organisations across the globe.
Priyanka Chopra: The former Miss World is considered as one of the sexiest actresses in Bollywood. It's not just India that she has made her mark with films. Her achievements in the West have left the entire world talking about this pretty lady. The actress has so far donned many caps - be it of an actress, a doting daughter, a singer, a producer, a fashion icon; she has made a distinctive mark in every forte. Priyanka Chopra is also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. It's not just her work, but the actress has also gone a mile extra to use her name for the welfare of the people.
Irrfan Khan: This man really deserves a bow down! Irrfan Khan needs no introduction when it comes to success. Irrfan has wooed the audience with his impeccable performances in a lot of Bollywood and Hollywood movies like Maqbool, Life Of Pi, The Namesake, Inferno, to name a few, and has also stricken a perfect balance between his work in India and West. Irrfan entered the world of showbiz without a godfather, and whatever the actor has achieved, his work has been considered of par excellence. His every choice of film has left a deep mark of his characters on the viewers.
Anupam Kher: Apart from sharing the screen space with Bollywood biggies, Anupam Kher has also tried his hand in the West and achieved great success and utmost appreciation from one and all. Anupam Kher is not a new face in Hollywood. The actor has acted in various award-winning Hollywood films like Silver Linings Playbook, Bend It Like Beckham, Lust, to name a few. Recently, Anupam Kher also received BAFTA nomination for his supportive role in the British television sitcom The Boy With The Topknot (2018).
Anil Kapoor: The 61-year-old actor is one such Bollywood star who has essayed various roles in Bollywood movies. He has not just ruled the comic capers but has also played rustic and urban roles in the Hindi film industry with equal aplomb. Anil was among a few actors who got the opportunity to go global and act in some amazing Hollywood projects. Anil has acted in a few great movies like A Slumdog Millionaire, Mission Impossible 4, television series 24, to name a few!
Deepika Padukone: After wooing us with her tall and dusky demeanour in Bollywood with films like Ram Leela, Padmaavat, Piku to name a few, Deepika Padukone made her Hollywood debut opposite the action star Vin Diesel in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Ever since then, it was no turning back for this leggy lass. Deepika Padukone, daughter of the former Indian badminton player, Prakash Padukone, who shifted her career from a sports-star to a model and then an actress, and it worked in her favour! Deepika is not only appreciated for her talent as an actress but also made it huge all over the world with her beauty. The actress also started a foundation for people suffering from depression - Live, Love, Laugh foundation.
A.R. Rahman: An Indian music director, composer, songwriter and producer, AR Rahman has lived a journey one could never leave out on! Time magazine has listed the singer in Time 100 list of the World's Most Influential People. AR Rahman has won 117 awards which include two Academy Awards, the Baftas, Golden Globes and four Indian National Film Awards. He's also won 15 Filmfare awards and 13 Filmfare Awards South. This global icon needs no more introduction for this nomination.
Nawazzudin Siddiqui: A National School of Drama alumni, the actor has done a lot of films with A-listers. His journey from bit roles in movies to now being a lead actor, Nawazuddin has made it big in every sense. His journey from Bollywood to the West is commendable, and his talent has been loved by one and all. A lot of his critically acclaimed movies have done well in international film festivals. Though the actor has failed to fit into the image of a typical Bollywood actor, Nawaz has already become the face of many good films.
Ali Fazal: Ali started his career from Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots, the guy who "quits" his engineering due to immense pressure. But in reality, this guy is not a quitter. Post Aamir Khan release, the actor gained a lot of appreciation for his role in Fukrey, and then, Ali didn't know how to stop climbing the ladder of success. After showing off his acting chops in various films, Ali took the ticket to Hollywood. The actor made his Hollywood debut with a cameo in Furious 7, which is the 7th part in popular action series Fast and Furious, but later, bagged a lead role opposite Dame Judi Dench for Victoria And Abdul. And the rest is history!
Bollywood has given us amazing talents, great actors, and on top of everything, some handsome men and beautiful actresses. It's not just their acting skills that make us go weak on our knees, but also looks to watch out for! Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan and many more, have carved their own niche not only in India but in the West and set the standards high for talent be it their acting chops or charity work etc. Here's a look at the nominations for the category Bollywood Global Icons for Jhakaas Awards.
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