10 Female Celebrities Who Rose To Fame In India But Hold Passports Of Different Countries
I have always been an ‘I don’t care’ kind of girl. While all friends were gossiping and bitching, I didn’t really see the need to indulge. And thankfully so, it saved me a lot of drama through college. But when it came to celebrity gossip, I was all ears. Who is dating whom, whose Instagram post is scandalous? You get the picture…it was all so fascinating to me and since you guys are reading this, obviously I wasn’t the only one! So, I thought of all the things that piqued my interest and this one really popped at me. For a country that is currently thriving on showing off our patriotism, we look up to a lot of foreign things! Clothes, makeup, food and of course celebrities. Yes, a lot of our actresses aren’t Indian- and by that we mean, they hold passports of a foreign land- and we love them because what difference does a nationality make? Let’s take a look at all the actresses that made it in Bollywood but hail from various countries around the world.
Surprise surprise! Our favourite it-girl, Deepika was not born Indian. Though she was brought up in Bangalore, she was born in the Danish capital Copenhagen since her father Prakash Padukone was undergoing an extensive training session there. She moved to India when she was just a month old but there was a lot of speculation over her citizenship. In this year’s Lok Sabha elections, Deepika shared a picture of her inked finger doing away will all the conjecture.
Born to filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, the Raazi actress may have nailed everything Indian but she holds a different passport. Alia was born in London and just like her British-born mother Soni Razdan holds a British passport and citizenship.
Born in Hong Kong to a Kashmiri father and British mother, it’s no secret that Katrina is not of Indian nationality. Before shifting base to Mumbai to become one of Bollywood’s biggest actresses, Kat has lived in London and Hawaii.
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‘Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge’. – I learnt so much from portraying Sylvia, not have I only matured, I have got a better and deeper understanding of how we are just humans who sometimes fail, but if we can learn to forgive and move on stronger, we’ve mastered the power of life. #ElliAvrRam 🕊
Elisabet Avramidou Granlund, professionally known as Elli who made her Bollywood debut in 2013 with Mickey Virus and rose to fame after her Bigg Boss participation, is Swedish. To chase her dreams, she moved to Mumbai in 2012 to become an actress.
This one can’t come as a surprise to you. Jaqueline was born in Bahrain into a multiracial family of Canadian, Sri Lankan and Malaysian descent. She identifies as Sri Lankan and has even represented her country in the Miss Universe in 2006. After working as a TV anchor and model, Jaqueline finally moved to India to become an actress.
A former Canadian pornstar, Sunny moved to Mumbai to kickstart her Bollywood career. She entered through Bigg Boss and rose to fame after her debut movie, Jism 2.
Though the Rockstar actress describes herself as a global citizen due to her Pakistan-Czech nationality, she hails from America. Born in Queens, NYC Nargis started her modelling career at 16 and even appeared in the famed reality show, America’s Next Top Model.
Evelyn holds a German citizenship. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany to a Punjabi father and German mother. She is mostly remembered for her role as Laila in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.
Monica is a globally acclaimed singer of American nationality. Though she is of Indian origin, she was born in Maryland, America.
Though Padma Lakshmi was born in Chennai, she was brought up in New York and Los Angeles. She holds an American citizenship. Padma Lakshmi was one of the first Indian models to have a career in Milan at the age of 21. She is currently hosting and judging the television show, Top Chef.