Bollywood Stars Who Went On To Shine In Hollywood Films

Bollywood is one of the largest film producing industries in the world. It abounds talented actors, topnotch production houses and world class set ups. But the biggest asset of Indian cinema is definitely its actors who are popular all over the world. Even Hollywood had long back started acknowledging the caliber of our artists and hence invites them over to work in their films. Here, we write about some Bollywood stars who went on to shine in Hollywood films.


10Kumar Pallana

Humorous and graceful, Mr. Kumar Pallana was a well-known actor in Hollywood films. Though he did not appear in major roles, whatever parts he were given in his movie career, he pulled them off brilliantly and left his mark amid the presence of several big names from the industry. He was said have stolen every scene he featured in. Some of his most notable films include ‘Bottle Rocket’ (1996), ‘Rushmore’ (1998) and ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ (2001) ‘Bomb the System’ (2002) and ‘Another Earth’ (2011). Born in Indore on Dec. 23, 1918, Pallana breathed his last at his home in Oakland, Calif on 10th October, 2013.

Known for decades as Kumar Of India, Pallana was the third of nine children. He resided in the US since the 1940s. He made his screen debut as an extra in American westerns of the early 1950s. He was owner of an Indian restaurant, Cosmic Cup (now Cosmic Cafe) in Dallas, Texas. Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson used to go to his restaurant often. Anderson roped in him in ‘Bottle Rocket’, ‘Rushmore’, ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’, and ‘The Darjeeling Limited’. Besides acting, Pallana also impressed the audience with plate-spinning, balancing acts and swordplay, featuring on an array of shows including “Captain Kangaroo” and “The Mickey Mouse Club.” His other films include ‘Duplex’ (2003), ‘Romance & Cigarettes’ (2005), and ‘10 Items or Less’ (2006).

TRIVIA: Many people don’t know but Mr. Kumar Pallana also worked in the Bollywood movie ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ (2010) starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.



  1. Kal Penn is/was not a Bollywood celebrity! He was born and bred in USA where he started his acting career. He later went on to star in a few Bollywood themed movies (including Bollwood stars) but he cannot be accredited as a Bollywood Star who went to Hollywood. In his case, it will be the other way around.

  2. Story around LA is that Priyanka Chopra won the People’s choice award thro a scam where guys in India were rounded up to vote online using fake Zip codes. If it is true a bloody shame on Indians.


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