Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Nargis Fakhri: 10 Actors and Actresses That Were Not Born in India!
Deepika Padukone, Nargis Fakhri, Alia Bhatt have some interesting facts and figures we would all like to know as fans! Read some great tidbits below
Fans and followers around the world are always eager to learn more about their favorite Bollywood superstars and what goes on in their lives. The industry has acknowledged and accepted actors from around the world. While, it is a known fact that actresses like Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sunny Leone and Yana Gupta were not born in India; there are many other Bollywood celebs, who were born outside India. Can you guess who is on the list?
1. Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone, the Queen of Bollywood is evidently at the top of her game and has been so since the launch of her career. Did you know that she was not born in India? Deepika, who is the daughter of badminton star, Prakash Padukone, and travel agent, Ujjala, was born in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. This was due to the fact that Deepika's father was in Copenhagen for his professional training, when she was born. The family then returned to India when Deepika was barely a year old. Prior to launching her career in Bollywood, Deepika was a Kingfisher model. She made her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan in Farah Khan’s film, Om Shanti Om. However, during the last elections in India, Deepika clarified that she does indeed have an Indian passport.
2. Imran Khan
Aamir Khan's nephew, Imran Khan, was also not born in India. Imran Khan was in fact born in Wisconsin, USA. He resided there till the time his parents, Ajit Pal and Nuzhat Khan, got divorced. Imran initially returned to the United States to pursue further education but ultimately decided to return to India to pursue a Bollywood career. The actor, who had played the younger version of Aamir Khan in the film Joh Jeeta Wohi Sikander, made his debut in Bollywood with maternal uncle Aamir's home production, Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Naa.
3. Sarah Jane Dias
Fascinatingly, Sarah Jane Dias was also not born in India. She was born in Muscat. She resided there till she was a teenager and then ultimately moved to India to complete college. She then tried her hands at modelling and acting. The beautiful actress launched her Bollywood career opposite Abhishek Bachchan in Game and won the Femina Miss India title in 2007. Interestingly, Sarah Jane Dias was a marketing manager with Oilfields Supply Centre in Muscat. She has a sister, Elena-Rose Dias. Sarah won the Miss India Oman title sponsored by the Times of Oman at the age of 14.
4. Nargis Fakhri
It is a well-known fact that, Nargis Fakhri is half-Czech and half-Pakistani. She was born in New York City. She is the daughter of Marie and Mohammed Fakhri. Her father is a Pakistani and her mother is Czech. Nargis has a younger sister named Aliya Fakhri. Nargis was the first girl to be brought back twice on America's Next Top Model. This was in the year 2003. She was also the first girl of Pakistani descent in the history of America's Next Top Model in 2003.
5. Evelyn Sharma
Evelyn Sharma is half-Indian and half-German and was born in Frankfurt, Germany. She gained popularity with her cameo role in Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone's Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. She completed her education in United Kingdom before entering into the glamorous world of Bollywood films. Interestingly, Evelyn was also seen in Shah Rukh Khan's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in a cameo appearance. Did you know? Her full name is Evelyn Lakshmi Sharma. In addition to acting in films, she currently endorses an Indian lingerie brand.
6. Monica Dogra
Monica Dogra is American. She launched her career in Bollywood with Dhobi Ghat. She was born in New York. Monica is the daughter of Indian immigrants and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She initially attended Oakleigh Elementary School and New York University. Her maternal uncle is Dogri folk-music singer, Prakash Sharma. She recently initiated a ‘call-to-action’ for her new project, Shiver. The goal is to appeal to “legislators all over the world to decriminalize all consensual acts of sex regardless of gender identification." Through a video and accompanying webpage, she gave details about the fact that she was seeking to crowd-source funds for a project that will strike at the heart of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which makes homosexuality illegal in India.
7. Alia Bhatt
Daughter of ace Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and herself an extremely established actress, Alia Bhatt is in reality a British citizen. This is due to her mother Soni Razdan’s origins in Britain, Alia does not qualify to acquire citizenship of India.
8. Kalki Koechlin
Kalki Koechlin the unconventional beautiful actress is not an Indian citizen. Even though she was born in Puducherry of India, Koechlin retains her French passports and nationality as she traces her descent to her French parents.
9. Fawad Khan
India has been going crazy over Fawad Khan and his unbelievably good looks ever since he debuted in Bollywood in 2014 when he starred in the romance hit, Khoobsurat opposite Sonam Kapoor. The hot as hell actor with smoldering features is however, a citizen of Pakistan and owes his sharp facial traits to his Pakistani lineage.
10. Amy Jackson
Amy Jackson instantly went overnight famous in Bollywood when she turned on her action avatar in Akshay Kumar starrer Singh is Bling. The beautiful actress is originally from Liverpool in the United Kingdom and evidently holds a British citizenship.