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East meets West! Our list of Indian-origin Hollywood shiners

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Let us quiz you- Name a single Hollywood series that you love that does not feature an Indian character. We bet you’ll be thinking hard for long. That’s the reach Indian origin characters have made, all the way across the seven seas-so as to speak.

With astute features and killing looks, Indian names are making their mark all over the Hollywood roadmap. A young generation of Indian origin actors has taken the international movie market by storm, and we simply cannot not be proud of them! They are breaking the stereotypes of being ABCDs (American Born Confused Desi) as their excellence in the international film circuit with their acting prowess speaks abound !. Proving more than just diversity hires, these individuals are creating magic, both in-front and behind the camera. Check out these desi beauties and knock-out men who have taken the West by storm.

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“The office” star Mindy Kaling now has her own show airing this fall.Mindy Kaling is one of the hottest TV writers/actors right now. “The Office” star has written and starred in many of the best episodes of the series, including season two’s “The Dundies,” “The Injury” and the wedding episode “Niagara.” Her movie credits include roles in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “No Strings Attached” and “The Five-Year Engagement.”



A cookbook author, actress, model and a TV host, Padma Lakshmi adorns too many hats at the same time. Though born in Chennai, Padma Lakshmi grew up partly in New York and her Indian hometown. She hosts the popular American TV show Top Chef.



Born in London, Andrews is remembered for Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra – A Tale of Love. He was also seen in the popular romantic film The English Patient starring Ralph Fiennes. Gurinder Chadha’s Bride & Prejudice and the television series Lost are others that saw Naveen achieve the recognition he deserved.



Known for the Harold and Kumar film series, Kalpen Suresh Modi was born to Gujarati parents and lives in Los Angeles. He is also known for his poignant role as Gogol in Mira Nair’s The Namesake.




You have surely adored this pretty lass play elder sister to Jess (Parminder Nagra) in Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham. Archana Punjabi alias Archie was born to Indian parents who immigrated to Britain. Having played a crucial role in the British drama East is East, Archie was also seen in the American TV series The Good Wife.




Born to Sikh parents who immigrated to the UK, Parminder Nagra is best known for playing Jess in Bend It Like Beckham. Nagra also essayed the role of Dr Neela Rasgotra in the popular American medical drama ER. She recently featured a big role spanning multiple episodes on Blacklist.



The Indian actor has created one of the most hilarious and memorable characters on television-Tom Haverford on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Ansari has also had bit roles in movies like “Get Him to the Greek” and “Funny People.” But now he’s getting a lead role in the buddy-robbery comedy “30 Minutes or Less” with Jesse Eisenberg.




A British director of Indian origin who began her career in the radio from there, she went on to direct award-winning documentaries for the British Film Institute and BBC. Her first documentary, ‘I’m British but…’ was released in 1989. Her first feature film, ‘Bhaji on the Beach’ won numerous international awards including a BAFTA nomination for “Best British Film of 1994”. Her movie ‘Bend it like Beckham’ was a critical and commercial hit, topping the box office charts in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand. Her other feature films include ‘Bride and Prejudice’, ‘The Mistress of Spices’ and the latest one being ‘It’s a Wonderful Afterlife’, which brought together the mother-daughter duo of Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan for the first time.



Before she made her debut in the 2008 movie, Slumdog Millionaire, this Indian damsel anchored the international travel show, Full Circle, on Zee International Asia Pacific from 2006-08. Freida co-starred in Woody Allen’s comedy-drama film ‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger’, with Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Anupam Kher and Naomi Watts, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

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