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.


7Om Puri

Actor Om Puri is a name to reckon with not only in Bollywood but Hollywood also. Aside from featuring in a number of remarkable films in India, he also acted in several international projects which earned him a lot of name and fame. He appeared in a string of critically acclaimed international films including ‘East Is East’ (1999), ‘Gandhi’ (1982) and ‘City Of Joy’ (1992), to mention a few. Born on 18th October, 1959, Om Puri breathed list last on 6th January, 2017, after having an illustrious movie career and starring in hundreds of remarkable commercial and parallel films. He was honored at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in the ‘In Memoriam’ montage which remembered those artists which left for their heavenly abode last year.

Om Puri was one of India’s finest and most versatile actors. After honing his acting skills at the National School of Drama and then the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, he made his acting debut in the 1976 Marathi film ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’. Soon, he transitioned to Hindi films and starred in a number of acclaimed movies such as ‘Aakrosh’ (1980), ‘Disco Dancer’ (1982) and ‘Ardh Satya’ (1982). ‘Ardh Satya’ earned him his first National Film Award for Best Actor. After featuring in various Hindi films, he tried his hands in the international market and garnered praises for his notable cameo in 1982 movie ‘Gandhi’. He also starred in the British film ‘East Is East’ and its sequel ‘West Is West’. Besides these movies, his other notable international projects include ‘City of Joy’ (1992), ‘Wolf’ (1994), ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’ (1996) and ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ (2007). Despite the presence of many famed international artistes, the actor delivered his best and stood out of the rest in all his international endeavors. Om Puri has been conferred with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his services to the film industry. His last few films include ‘Ghayal Once Again’ (2016) and ‘Mirzya’ (2016).

TRIVIA: Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah were classmates and friends at the National School of Drama before joining 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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