Bollywood movies are odd in that they’re extremely popular, reaching millions of people around the world, yet they have almost zero crossover appeal in the United States. That’s bound to change soon. With our world becoming increasingly interconnected, Americans are embracing more foreign entertainment. Hell, just look at the TV ratings of the Women’s World Cup this year. Who would’ve thunk it? That means Bollywood films will become more relevant here in the near future and with these incredibly gorgeous stars, we understand why. Below are the 10 sexiest Bollywood stars today and fun facts about each one, so you can start obsessing over them now before every other American.
Nargis Fakhri made her Hollywood debut this summer in Melissa McCarthy’s comedy blockbuster “Spy.” She plays the shady-yet-very-sexy waitress in Paris who helps exchange Jason Statham’s bag for one with a bomb. American cinema should feel natural to Nargis since she grew up in Queens, NY as the daughter of a Pakistani father and Czech mother. She also appeared on “America’s Next Top Model.”
Shraddha Kapoor left India to start a new life in Boston, but got called back to appear in her debut film after she was discovered by producer Ambika Hinduja on Facebook. That’s right, if you’re a Bollywood producer, it’s not considered Facebook creeping if you’re using it to cast your next film. Lucky bastards!
Sonakshi Sinha was born into Bollywood royalty. Her parents are actors Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha and her father is now an influential politician as a Member of Parliament from BJP. Despite being set up for acting success, Sonakshi started in the biz as a costume designer before making the leap to the other side of the camera.
Kareena Kapoor‘s first name is derived from the Russian novel, Anna Karenina, which her mother read while pregnant with her. That’s a highbrow place to get your name, yet her common nickname is “Bebo.” That sounds like it should be the name of a low-rent circus clown, or one of Krusty the Clown’s sidekick monkeys. Maybe it’s sexier in Hindi?
Kangana Ranaut left fame behind for a while last year when she moved to New York to take a script-writing course. Despite having to leave halfway through the semester to promote her new movie, Queen, Kangana claims she loved the anonymous life: cooking and cleaning for herself and riding the subways. She plans to return to finish the course, so keep an eye out for her, New Yorkers. Maybe she wants to complete the experience by dating a normal blue-collar guy?
Priyanka Chopra is the most recognizable face on this list for football and beauty pageant fans. During NFL Network’s 2013 Thursday Night Football season, she sang the opening music, “In My City.” You might think she would only know soccer and cricket, but she lived in Boston and New York during her childhood. She also won Miss World 2000, so she ain’t new to this game.
Katrina Kaif‘s debut film, “Boom,” was much anticipated and premiered at Cannes Film Festival, but turned out to be a commercial and critical failure. Critics slammed her acting due to her poor Hindi and thick British accent. That would’ve signaled her demise in Hollywood, yet Bollywood is more forgiving and now she’s one of the highest paid actresses in the game.
Deepika Padukone is the daughter of legendary badminton player, Prakash Padukone. Yes, they have superstars in badminton in India. In 1980, he became the first Indian to win the All England Championship. Despite having no idea what that means, it sounds very impressive. Deepika seemed posed to follow in his footsteps, playing badminton in national level championships, but left the sport to become a fashion model. Must be nice…
Anushka Sharma squeaked into The Huffington Post’s list of “100 Most Influential Women on Twitter” in the very last spot this year and uses her social media power to stand up for animal rights. Last year, she lobbied her fans to boycott horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai. This year she urged people to sign an online petition aimed at stopping the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. Yep, that’s an easy cause to get behind. Where do I sign?
Parineeti Chopra started at Yash Raj Films as a public relations consultant and eventually signed a three-film deal with the company as an actress. It’s rare you hear about an actress working her way into the business by way of the mailroom up (metaphorically).