Alia Bhatt Goes To Hollywood: Here’s How Indian Actors Have Fared In West So Far

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Actor Alia Bhatt will be making her Hollywood debut with the thriller Heart of Stone, headlined by Gal Gadot. While not much is known about the film’s plot, what we can tell you for sure is that Gadot has begun filming for her part.

Directed by Tom Harper, the feature film will be a Netflix original. Heart of Stone is said to be a spy thriller, written by Allison Schroeder and Greg Rucka. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger of Skydance are producing the film along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird. Gadot is also producing the film along with Jaron Varsano of Pilot Wave.

According to reports, this thriller would be a top priority for its host OTT platform, especially after it won the project in a tense auction with other platforms in January 2021. Skydance packaged the production and put it on the market, where streaming providers competed for its rights.

While Alia Bhatt’s fans are very excited about the actor’s upcoming Hollywood venture, her way to the West has been paved by numerous women actors from Bollywood over the decades.

Here’s a list of other women actors from Bollywood who’ve worked in Hollywood:

Deepika Padukone

Padukone made her Hollywood debut in 2017 with XXX: Return of Xander Cage, a film starring Vin Diesel. The Piku star played Serena Unger in this action thriller film directed by DJ Caruso. Padukone has remained focussed on Hindi films after the said film, limiting her filmography in Hollywood to just one movie.

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Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra is among the most successful Bollywood stars to have pursued a career in Hollywood. Her debut as the lead character in the TV show Quantico, which ran for three seasons, was well-received in both the US and India. She was later seen in other Hollywood films like Baywatch, Isn’t It Romantic and  The Matrix Resurrections. This year Chopra will be seen in Prime’s series Citadel and film titled Ending Things which will also feature Avengers star Anthony Mackie.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Bride & Prejudice, The Mistress of Spices, The Pink Panther 2 and The Last Legion- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Hollywood filmography is impressive but short. While we would like to see more of the actor in West, she has remained focussed on Bollywood in the last few years.

Mallika Sherawat

Mallika Sherawat starred alongside Brian White in the film Politics of Love, which was released in 2011. She played the role of Aretha Gupta who falls for an African-American Republican Kyle Franklin (Brian White). In 2005, she was also featured in Jackie Chan’s film The Myth.

 Huma Qureshi

Huma Qureshi’s big Hollywood debut was with Army of The Dead, which was set in Las Vegas during a zombie outbreak. The film released in 2021.



Tabu made her Hollywood debut with the film Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee. The Oscar-nominated film features Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain among others and was released in 2012.

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Shabana Azmi

The 1988 film Madame Sousatzka, marked Azmi’s big Hollywood debut in the role of Sushila. She later appeared in the drama Roland Joffé, which was released in 1992 and starred Patrick Swayze, Pauline Collins, and Om Puri. Next she’ll be seen in a series titled Halo that is adapted from a video game by the same name.

Dimple Kapadia

Dimple Kapadia featured as Priya Singh an arms trafficker in the highly anticipated science fiction action thriller Tenet in 2020. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film marked Kapadia’s Hollywood debut and we hope are many more to come.

So how many of these films have you seen?