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.


9Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan needs no introduction. The man with exceptional acting talent used to love watching English films in his childhood, and now he acts in them and makes India proud globally. Known for his phenomenal work largely in Hindi films, Irrfan has also made a name for himself in British cinema and Hollywood with his amazing acting prowess. No matter whether his films go on to join any coveted club or not, but the actor always walks out with praises for each and every role he essays on the screen in both Bollywood & Hollywood. The recipient of the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour for his contribution to the field of arts, Irrfan has been a part of several big Hollywood movies including ‘The Namesake’ (2006), ‘The Warrior’ (2001), ‘Life of Pi’ (2012), ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (2008), ‘Jurrasic World’ (2015) and ‘Inferno’ (2016), to mention a few.

If we talk about his career in Hindi films, the actor stands out in every film he does, irrespective of the length his character has in the movie. For his exceptional performance in the Tigmanshu Dhulia directorial ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ (2012) he earned the National Film Award for Best Actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012. Over the years, Khan has managed to strike the perfect balance between his Hollywood and Bollywood ventures. Apart from featuring in more than 50 Hindi films, he has worked with some Hollywood biggies and stood tall in front of them in films which earned immense repute all over the world. Besides doing Bollywood and Hollywood movie, Irrfan is also a television host. He is also the brand ambassador for ‘Resurgent Rajasthan’, a campaign by the Rajasthan Government to promote tourism in the state.

TRIVIA: At one point of time in his life, Irrfan did not have money to watch Jurassic Park in a theater but today he has acted in one part of the same films.



  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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