Vidya Balan is all set to return on the big screen with yet another hard hitting film, titled Begum Jaan. The film is up for an April 14, 2017 release. While Vidya is on a promotional spree for the film, she was asked by HT Cafe about her thoughts on the five year anniversary of Kahaani release. She said, “I can’t believe that people still talk about Kahaani with as much passion as they did when they saw it in 2012, so that is overwhelming.”

She also spoke about interesting female driven films and roles. She said, “There is so much interesting content for female actors. Also, films centred around female protagonists are doing well. I think there are many opportunities for actors, no matter their age. I think it’s an exciting time for female actors, and it is only going to get better from here.”


When asked about her plans for Hollywood considering Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have made quite a name for themselves in the West. She said she is open for roles in the West, “I am open to working in West or anywhere in the world where there is a compelling story to tell and where I am offered an extremely exciting part. But, honestly I haven’t made any efforts towards that. I think I am an actor who need stimulation constantly. I get bored very easily, so I need new challenges all the time, which is what keeps you motivated. I choose roles that are different from each other, and I am constantly looking for parts that I haven’t played so far – a person I would like to personify and like to know, a world I would like to inhabit; a story I’d like to tell.”

10 Bollywood Celebrities Who Worked In Hollywood Films

1. Mallika Sherawat

While her Bollywood career has been rather ho hum, including her stint with India’s most eligible bachelors, Mallika Sherawat is now a certified ‘Cannes attending’ Hollywood celebrity. She has acted in films like The Myth, Politics of Love and the crossover film ‘Hisss’. On 14 August 2009, Sherawat received a career recognition Honorary Citizenship of Los Angeles for her career achievements and charitable efforts.

Mallika Sherawat

2. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, Aishwarya Rai lay her claim on Bollywood with films like The Pink Panther 2 and The Last Legion. She received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France in 2012.


Aishwarya Rai

3. Om Puri

Controversy aside, Om Puri is one of the finest actors Bollywood has to offer and his Hollywood roles have been nothing short of expemplary. He has acted in films like City of Joy, My Son The Fanatic, East is East, Wolf, Ghost and the Darkness and Charlie Wilson’s War.


Om Puri

4. Amitabh Bachchan

Forgive us for being biased but this Bollywood legend added the great in The Great Gatsby.


Amitabh Bachchan

5. Freida Pinto

While Bollywood didn’t witness the star power of Freida Pinto, rest assured that she is nothing short of a superstar in Hollywood. Starting with Slumdog Millionaire, this young actress went on to act in productions like You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Immortals and Trishna


Freida Pinto

6. Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor’s first international role was in Slumdog Millionaire for which he shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Globally, Anil Kapoor is one of the most recognised Indian actors because of his role in the hit television series, 24. In January 2013 Kapoor became the first Indian actor to be invited for a special segment, ‘In conversation’, at the Toronto International Film Festival, an honour which is reserved for actors having considerable body of work.


Anil Kapoor

7. Tabu

This fantastic actress has always been known for her body of work. She didn’t disappoint in Hollywood films like Life of Pi and The Namesake. She is, without a doubt, the most talented Bollywood export. She was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, in 2011 by the Government of India for her contributions towards the arts.



8. Irrfan Khan

The man of the hour – not only is Irrfan Khan making his presence felt in Bollywood, he is also taking Hollywood by storm. He has acted in films like Life of Pi, The Namesake, New York, I Love You, A Mighty Heart, Slumdog Millionaire and The Amazing Spiderman. An actor with talent beyond measure!


Irrfan Khan

9. Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher isn’t just talented, he’s versatile. From playing a strict Indian father in the crossover film, Bend It Like Beckham to playing the role of psychiarist in the Oscar nominated film, Silver Linings Playbook, Anupam Kher has been outstanding in every film. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema.

Anupam Kher

10. Naseeruddin Shah

If you’ve watched his film, you can’t help but be in awe of Naseeruddin Shah. Quick, sharp and fantastic – Naseeruddin Shah has established himself internationally with films like The Monsoon Wedding, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Khuda Ke Liye and The Great New Wonderful. In 2013, his second Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag was selected as an official entry from Pakistan to the 86th Academy Awards in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. It also won four international awards at International South Asian Film Festival in Canada before it released. Shah has won numerous awards in his career, including three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards and one Venice Film Festival. The Government of India has honoured him with both the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan civilian awards for his contributions to Indian cinema.Naseeruddin Shah#VidyaBalan #Hollywoodfilm #Hollywood #Bollywood #Deepika #Priyanaka

Vidya Balan keen on doing a Hollywood film
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