While Deepika and Priyanka are rocking Hollywood, meet the foreign ladies who are set to rock ... family, wedding pictures, age, height, weight, biography
Indian artistes like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have never had it so good in the West. Conversely, there’s also a remarkably robust reverse migration of foreign talent into Indian films. Three major forthcoming films starring megastars Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn, will each have heroines from abroad playing the romantic leads.
Erika Kaar Most bright-eyed Bollywood starlets would have sold an arm to be cast opposite Salman Khan in his 2017 Eid release, Tubelight. But the actor who has bagged the plum role is the internationally acclaimed film and television actor Zhu Zhu. She was seen in the Hollywood production Cloud Atlas, Netflix’s original series Marco Polo and is also a pop star and VJ in her homeland, China. Director Kabir Khan is confident that, “She and Salman will make an interesting onscreen couple.”
Mahira Khan The trailer for Ajay Devgn’s Diwali release, Shivaay, is grabbing attention not only because of his daredevil stunts, but also because of the pretty European girl- Erika Kaar from Poland — who plays his love interest. The actress says that she auditioned in Warsaw and the fact that she learnt a couple of lines in Hindi too helped her bag the role. About Ajay, Erika says, “It took months to break the ice. He is a very modest, hard-working and an intelligent person. When he enters the room, you know someone important has entered.”
Shah Rukh Khan plays a local don in the Gujarat of 1990s in the Rahul Dholakia-directed Raees (scheduled to be released on Republic Day, 2017). Cast opposite him is Pakistani actor Mahira Khan. While actors like Meera and Sara Loren from across the border have tried their luck in Bollywood in the past, Mahira has bagged a biggie which might turn the tables in her favour.
Zhu Zhu Significantly, it’s largely the female actors from abroad who make inroads into Bollywood compared to their male peers. There is Remo D’Souza who cast Nathan Jones in a pivotal role in A Flying Jatt or Gauri Shinde who employs French actor Mehdi Nebbou in English Vinglish (2012).
The strikingly successful Brit-import Katrina Kaif seems to have started the influx — she has been followed by several foreign beauties, of which Jacqueline Fernandes, Giselli Monterio, Barbara Mori, Amy Jackson and Lauren Gottlieb have succeeded in creating a few waves in Bollywood.
With three foreign heroines making their debut in the coming months, looks like India’s becoming a part of the global village and Indian filmmakers are steadily enlisting foreign hands to help build the mosaic that is a Hindi film.
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