Discover the surprising origins of some of Bollywood’s biggest stars! There are several Bollywood actors who were not born in India but have made successful careers in the Indian film industry. This article delves into the lives of Bollywood celebrities who were not born in India, including their backgrounds, journeys to stardom, and how they have made their mark in the Indian film industry.
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Bollywood celebrities who were not born in India
They may be Indians, not all though, but the following Bollywood celebs were born outside India.
1. Deepika Padukone
Since her father, Prakash Padukone, a badminton champion, had been undergoing an extensive training session at that point in time, the family happened to be in Copenhagen, Denmark. Deepika was born there and stayed in the city till a little before she turned one. The Padukones then moved to Mumbai.
2. Nora Fatehi
She was born in Canada and has Moroccan-Canadian roots. Nora is a dancer and actor who has appeared in several Bollywood films in recent years.
3. Katrina Kaif
The B-Town hottie was born in Hong Kong, to a Kashmir father and a British mother. Katrina spent a major part of her growing years in Hawaii and London. Katrina is one of the most popular actresses in Bollywood and has been in the industry for over a decade.
4. Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar, whose real name is Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, was born in Amritsar, Punjab. He holds a Canadian passport and gave up Indian citizenship after he accepted his ‘honorary Canadian citizenship’.
5. Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt is in reality a British citizen. Courtesy of her mother Soni Razdan’s origins in Britain. However, her father Mahesh Bhatt is an Indian citizen. Alia Bhatt has established herself as a successful actress in the Indian film industry and has won several awards for her performances.
The queen of the golden age of Bollywood, Helen was born in Rangoon to an Anglo-Indian father and a Burmese mother. She went on to appear in several successful Bollywood films in the 1960s and 70s, and her performances as a vamp and cabaret dancer in films such as “Teesri Manzil” and “Sholay” were highly acclaimed.
7. Nargis Fakhri
Half Czech and half Pakistani, Bollywood bombshell Nargis was born in New York City. Nargis made her Bollywood debut in the musical romantic drama film ‘Rockstar’ in 2011 with Ranbir Kapoor.
8. Ali Zafar
Ali Zafar is a Pakistani actor and musician who has worked in both the Pakistani and Indian entertainment industries. He made his Bollywood debut with the film “Tere Bin Laden” in 2010. He has since appeared in several Bollywood films, including “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”, “Chashme Baddoor”, and “Dear Zindagi”.
9. Jacqueline Fernandes
Jacqueline was born in Bahrain to a Sri Lankan father and a Malaysian mother. She even went on become Miss Sri Lanka before she dabbled into acting in Hindi films. Jacqueline made her debut in Bollywood in the 2009 film ‘Aladin’ and has since acted in several hit films.
10. Sunny Leone
The former p*rn star was born as Karenjit Kaur Vohra to Sikh Punjabi parents, in Canada. She started her career in the adult film industry before making her way to Bollywood.
11. Imran Khan
The actor was born in Wisconsin, USA. But when his parents, Ajit Pal and Nuzhat Khan, got divorced, he moved to India with his mother. He was one and a half years old then. Khan made his acting debut in the romantic comedy film Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na in 2008. His performance in the film won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
12. Amy Jackson
She was born in the Isle of Man, a small island between England and Ireland. Amy made her Bollywood debut in 2012 and has since become a well-known face in the industry.
13. Kalki Koechlin
Kalki actually hails from a family of French descent and has retained her French identity by not giving her French citizenship and acquiring an Indian one. Kalki Koechlin spent most of her childhood in Auroville, a spiritual community in Tamil Nadu, India.
14. Sapna Pabbi
Khamoshiyan fame actress Sapna Pabbi hails from London and holds a British passport. She mainly works in Bollywood films and Hindi TV serials.
15. Fawad Khan
Fawad Khan is a Pakistani actor and singer who has worked in both the Pakistani and Indian entertainment industries. He made his Bollywood debut with the 2014 film “Khoobsurat”.
16. Monica Dogra
The Dhobi Ghat actress was born in Baltimore, United States. A career in the Hindi film industry brought her here. Dogra made her acting debut in 2008 by appearing as a guest actress in the musical drama film ‘Rock On’.
17. Sarah Jane-Dias
Miss India 2007, Sarah was born in Muscat, Oman, as her father had a job there. She stayed there till her teen years and came to Mumbai to finish her college education.
18. Evelyn Sharma
Half Indian and half German, Evelyn was born in Frankfurt, Germany. The gorgeous girl studied in the United Kingdom before coming to Mumbai to try her luck in films. She made her Bollywood debut in the 2012 film From Sydney with Love.
19. Elli Avram
Elli Avram grew up in Stockholm, Sweden to a Swedish mother and a Greek father. She made her acting debut in the 2013 Bollywood film “Mickey Virus” and has since appeared in several Hindi and regional language films.
20. Lauren Gottlieb
She was born and raised in Arizona, USA and became popular in India after participating in a dance reality show. She made her Bollywood debut as a dancer-cum-actor with ABCD in 2013
These actors, despite not being born in India, have been able to win over audiences with their talents, hard work, and dedication to their craft, making them important contributors to the Bollywood film industry. These actors have proved that talent knows no boundaries and have won the hearts of Indian audiences with their acting skills and charm.