Top 10 Indian actresses who worked in Hollywood

Indian actresses are known for their dance and acting skills. Indian actors are considered more passionate because they carry a rich cultural heritage, the required training, and education and thus are known for their work ethic and dedication. Indian actors are known for their strong work ethic and dedication to whichever role they are given. This has attracted the attention of the world cinema. This article discusses exceptionally talented actresses and their achievements in the entertainment business and Hollywood performances. You will love this quick read if you are passionate about Hollywood cinema. Get cozy and ready for the cinematic treat.

List of Indian Actresses in Hollywood

Top 10 Indian actresses captured the minds of Hollywood directors:

1. Dimple Kapadia:

Dimple Kapadia

The Veteran actress has established her reputation with her iconic role in “Bobby” and her alluring performances in movies like “Dil Chahta Hai” and “Finding Fanny”. She ventured into Hollywood and gave a blockbuster hit with the movie “Tenet” directed by Christopher Nolan. She received immense praise from both critics and her fans.

Dimple admitted that doing Tenet has changed her “Reluctant- self” and encouraged her to do more good work. The 63-year-old actress (as of 2023) praised Christopher Nolan for making it easier for the actors to slip into the roles. After completing the film and its success, she confessed about the director’s magical act and way of filmmaking and how he translated the script into cinema. The actresses have been exceptionally demanding of their roles, making directors craft roles specifically for them. She was the right pick for the role she played in “Tenet” and fitted rightly with the tense and thrilling tone of the movie.

2. Aishwarya Rai:

Aishwarya Rai

The global icon Aishwarya Rai got into the public eye as the winner of Miss World in year 1994 and has never let go of her charm and intelligence. She is considered a ‘Beauty with brains’ for her witty interviews and answers on several talk shows. People fall for her beauty and mesmerizing eyes, but her acting, dancing, and dedication to the craft have made her the person and icon she is.

The beautiful actress’s performances in Devdas, Mohabbatein, Jeans(Tamil), Raavan, and robot have captured billions of hearts. She has also proved her talent on the international stage, including in films such as ‘Mistress of Spices, ‘The Last Legion’, and ‘The Pink Panther’. Although ‘The Last Legion” has received mixed reviews from viewers and critics, Aishwarya was thoroughly appreciated for her performance. Similarly, her performance received great recognition even though she played a supporting role as Sonia Solandres, a criminology expert in the film.

3. Freida Pinto:

Freida Pinto

Freida became a global star with the success of Slumdog Millionaire, and her roles were mere dreams for some Indian actresses. She has chosen diverse film genres such as “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” where she played the compassionate primatologist and love interest of the protagonist, “Knight of Cups” where she played a supporting character role; and a neo-western action film, “Blunt Force Trauma” where her performance added an interesting dimension to the film.

4. Priyanka Chopra Jonas:

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Priyank Chopra is among the rarest Indian actresses known for their bold perspectives and career graphs. She is also a former Miss World who had experimented with a variety of roles in their journey of cinematic art. Some spectacular performances in Hindi films include Mary Kom, Barfi, Kaminey, and fashion. She has always succeeded in showcasing her ability to handle any complex or challenging role that comes her way. She is known for guest appearances and witty remarks on TV and talk shows.

She successfully transitioned to Hollywood by playing the antagonist in “Baywatch”. Later, she played iconic roles in the films and web series for the global audience.

5. Tabu:


Tabu has proven to be the most relevant actress and is known for her classy performance across all her movies. The Padma Shree award-winning actress has gained a huge fan base in her home country for her charm and calm public appearance. The actress has won millions of hearts and fan bases through her performances in Sajan Chale Sasural, Jeet, Border, and Hum Saath-Saath Hain. However, she was well-received and appreciated for her impactful roles in all her Hollywood movies.

Although she had limited screen appearances in Life of Pi, her role was very impactful, and her performance contributed more to the movie’s success. She brings depth and authenticity to all her roles and portrays complex characters with much sensitivity and screen presence.

6. Deepika Padukone:

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone is one of the leading actresses in the Indian film industry. She is known for her striking screen presence and charismatic aura that she translates through her acting and dancing skills. Although she gained humongous popularity and success in the film business, her performance in XXX: Return of Xander Cage has gained much recognition because of the fiery action sequences and moments of vulnerability.

Her vulnerability, potential to showcase her versatile talent, and chemistry with Vin Diesel have transformed the movie to another level.

7. Pooja Kumar:

Pooja Kumar

Pooja Kumar made her acting debut in Flavors, a film about six individuals living in New York City. Still, the actress also acted in a South Indian film opposite Kamal Haasan. The actress was still known for her role in the movie Bollywood Beats. She also made a character role in “Man on a Ledge” which is a Hollywood thriller movie.

8. Tina Desai:

Tina Desai

Tina was born in Bangalore and is known for her role in Yeh Faasle. She knows multiple languages, and her Hollywood debut with the British comedy movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. She was loved by the global audience for the authenticity she showcased for the role, which portrays a strong, independent, and assertive woman. She owns her dreams and aspirations and faces social challenges, thus representing most Indian women. The film brings in cultural diversity and explores varied shades of love and relationships from the eyes of Indian society. Overall, the writing and Desai’s performance will never vanish from the heart of cinema buffs.

9. Shriya Saran:

Shriya Saran

Shriya is a South Indian actress known for her roles in Shivaji, Ishtam, Manam, Chandra, and others. She worked on various platforms as a leading actress; however, her Hollywood debut with the movie, “The Other End of the Line” which portrayed the life of a call center employee who travels to the US, has brought all the attention. Besides the movie, she worked on several international projects such as Midnight’s Children and others, proving her versatility in the eyes of filmmakers.

10. Mallika Sherawat:

Mallika Sherawat

Mallika Sherawat has given plenty of box office success, and she was well-recognized for her bold role in “Murder” and the commercial blockbuster “Welcome”. She never failed to impress her audience as she was perceived as the most bold and confident actor in the Indian film industry. She expressed her interest in expanding her acting career, demonstrated through her international projects.

She is into producing and promoting her films and is multifaceted in the entertainment business.


Indian talents have captivated Western minds with their talents and charm. Their base, the Indian cinema, has exposed the versatility of the actors, where they get to show their acting skills or individual skills in diverse genres such as drama, action, romance, and musicals. Thus, they have fully captured the attention of global movie buffs. Although these highly talented actresses have explored the nook and corner of the cinematic world, acting in Hollywood movies has always been on their agenda.

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