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Foreign Actresses Who Marked Their Footsteps In Bollywood



Well, all of us go gaga over these top Bollywood beauties namely Katrina Kaif, Sunny Leone, Nargis Fakhri etc. But how many of us even know that these gorgeous women are not citizens of India. For the matter of fact, their nationality does not really matter because they have all the charm and talent to mesmerize the audiences with their Desi style and also the counterparts. Agree?

Let’s have a look at a few of these most popular foreign Bollywood bueaties.

Katrina Kaif

The Smitha Patil Memorial Award winner Katrina Kaif, was actually born in Britain and her real name is Katrina Turquotte. Katrina’s dad is a British businessman of Kashmiri decent. But he never had much influence on Kat as her parents divorced when she was young.

Though Katrina’s career in Bollywood started with a disastrous debut in the Big B starrer Boom, she made it to the list of the most popular heroines in India. Katrina is now a part of a few of the highest grossing movies at the box office in Bollywood.

Kat last starred in Baar Baar Dekho opposite handsome hunk Sidharth Malhotra and will next be seen alongside Ranbir Kapoor in Jagga Jasoos.

Sunny Leone

Bollywood bombshell Sunny Leone born Karenjit Kaur Vohra, has Sikh Punjabi parents but she was born and brought up in the Canada. Sunny initially joined the adult film industry at a very young age and has received immense fame leading to a very crucial role in the film The Virginity Hit which was produced by Will Ferrell.

Sunny’s thrust for Bollywood was through television. She began it with the red carpet reporting for Video Music Awards followed by contesting in Bigg Boss 5. Sunny Leone’s movie career in Bollywood began with Jism 2 in the year 2012, and the rest is history.

Sunny Leone was last seen in the item number “Laila Main Laila” from Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and is currently hosting MTV’s “Splitsvilla.”

Amy Jackson

There is nobody who would not know Amy Jackson, having acted in not only Bollywood but also in South Indian Films. Amy leaves no way to conquer the hearts of the Indian movie lovers. Being a British model, Amy was first spotted by A.L. Vijay, a Tamil film director who featured her in his film Madrasapattinam opposite Arya. The movie was critically acclaimed and also a commercial success. 

Amy’s entry into Bollywood was Ekk Deewana Tha , directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon. Amy is now one of the most popular stars in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu film industries. She is currently a part of the India’s most awaited film 2.0, starring Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar.

Jacqueline Fernandez

The most bubbly and cute Jacqueline is Bahrain-born and won the Miss Universe title in Sri Lankan, is undoubtedly one of the busiest actresses in Bollywood. She has at least three film releases in a year.

Jacqueline started as a model has also studied theater under Barry John. She made her Bollywood debut in 2009 with the  fantasy flick Aladin and went on to act in many blockbusters.

Jacqueline was last seen in A Flying Jatt opposite Tiger Shroff and will make her Hollywood debut with According to Matthew.

Nargis Fakhri

Nargis Fakhri, the popular American model was born to a Pakistani father and a Czech mother in New York and was a participant in “America’s Next Top Model.” Nargis was featured as a Kingfisher Calendar girl, because of which she got the opportunity to act with Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar directed by Imtiaz Ali.

Nargis was last seen in Banjo opposite Riteish Deshmukh and will next be seen in 5 Weddings pairing with Rajkummar Rao.

Elli Avram

It is a very old connection that Elli Avram has got with Bollywood. The Swedish-Greek girl was a member of the popular Paradesi Dance Group who used to perform for top Hindi songs all over Scandinavia. She had a decent fan base in Sweden for acting in a crime drama flick  Förbjuden Frukt. It was in India that Elli Avram became a huge star.

Though Elli’s debut in Bollywood was with Mickey Virus, alongside Manish Paul in 2013, she became popular for being the contestant of the famous reality show Bigg Boss. Elli was last seen in Jolly LLB 2 opposite the National Award winner Akshay Kumar.

Lauren Gottlieb

Lauren Gottlieb was basically an American dancer who made her mark in the US even before she debuted in Remo D’Souza ‘s Any Body Can Dance (ABCD,) in the year 2013. Lauren participated in the popular reality show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Season 6 and ended up being a runner up with the choreo-partner Punit Pathak which made her one of the most loved dancers and also an actor in India simultaneously.

Lauren acted in films like Welcome to Karachi, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy and ABCD 2. She was last seen in Ambarsariya.

Claudia Ciesla

Claudia Ciesla is a Polish-German model and actress who was the brand ambassador of the Lovely Professional University, which has honored her with the title of “New promising foreign face in India.” Claudia made her debut in Hollywood with the film Karma (2008,) which was a psychological thriller.

Bigg Boss usually happens to be a very good platform to showcase one’s talent, Claudia had seen the limelight with Bigg Boss 3. She was also a part of “Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout,” in which she was the first runner up.

Claudia has acted in the Punjabi film Yaar Pardesi and has been a part of many item songs in Bollywood films.

Giselli Moneiro

Giselli Moneiro is a Brazilian model who began her career at the age of 17. Her looks attracted Imitiaz Ali, which made him cast her in his Love Aaj Kal co-starring Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Rishi Kapoor. She played a role of a Punjabi girl which was one of the main roles in the film.

Giselli was also seen in Always Kabhi Kabhi. Ironically, she stopped acting since then and is currently pursuing her architecture degree, as she seems to have lost interest for films.

Barbara Mori

Barbara Mori, the Mexican-Uruguayan actress began her career as a model at the age of 14. It was Hrithik Roshan’s Kites that made Barbara a popular face to Indians. She played the role of a Mexican woman who happens to fall in love with Hrithik. However, this Mexican actress has not acted in any other Bollywood film since then.

She has appeared in Namrata Singh Gujral’s documentary, where she spoke about her experiences as a cancer survivor.

Antonia Bernath

Antonia Bernath is an English actor and singer who made her Bollywood debut with Kisna: The Warrior Poet in which she played Catherine who grew up in India during the freedom struggle.

Despite getting a great appreciation for the film Antonia has stopped acting in Indian films since then. She has acted in many British productions though and was last seen in “Dowbton Abbey” last season.

Erika Kaar

Erika Kaar is a Polish actress, who is known for her role in the famous BBC series “The Passing Bells.” However, for the Bollywood moviegoers, she will remain to be Olga of Shivaay. Bollywood still talks about the chemistry between Erika and Ajay Devgan.

Rachel Shelley

Rachel Shelley is an English actress and model who was a part of the Oscar – nominated film Lagaan which also starred Aamir Khan. Rachel played the role Elizabeth, sister of a British commanding officer.

Since Lagaan, Rachel has not acted in any Bollywood films but has had a successful career internationally. She played the role of Rumpelstiltskin’s wife in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.”



PM Narendra Modi Trailer Released



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After a long wait (and just short of the Lok Sabha elections,) the trailer of the biopic about PM Narendra Modi was released today. With Vivek Oberoi playing Narendra Modi, the trailer maps out the Prime Minister’s life from before his entrance into politics to being a Prime Minister. With subtle prosthetics and makeup done the right way, Oberoi has pulled off Modi’s character perfectly.

Opening to the days of Modi’s life as a tea seller at a railway station, the trailer moves forward to show how Modi ended up as one of the most important persons in India. With hard hitting slogans, the tri colour fluttering with pride and hints of anti Pakistani sentiments, this movie is a tribute to Modi. Watch the trailer here and now!

Apart from giving us an insight into Modi’s life, the trailer also shows us what to expect from the different characters in the film. Furthermore, it also shows us Modi’s life as a child and about his self imposed exile from family and marriage life. From rescuing Muslims, to saving a burning Gujarat and to the victory of Modi’s party in 2014, this trailer shows Narendra Modi as not just a leader, but a man of action.

While some people argue, this movie is about furthering and promoting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the Lok Sabha elections, others say it is a dedication to the Party’s leader. Also starring Boman Irani, Manoj Sinha, Zarina Wahab, Barkha Bisht, Darshan Rawal, Akshat R. Saluja, Anjan Shrivastav, Rajendra Gupta and Yatin Karyekar, this biopic is directed by Omung Kumar.

With most of the film shot in Gujarat, the biopic is co produced by Sandeep Ssingh, Suresh Oberoi and Anand Pandit. Initially scheduled to release on the 12th of April, the release date of PM Narendra Modi was changed. This movie is now slated to hit the screens on the 5th of April this year.


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Kalank First Song Ghar More Pardesiya Out Now



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After keeping us all waiting with bated breath for something other than just a teaser, the makers of Kalank have finally released a brand new song! Titled Ghar More Pardesiya, this new song doesn’t have a conventional pair as the lead but is instead, centered around Alia Bhatt’s and Madhuri Dixit’s characters.

Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, the voice has been given by Shreya Ghoshal and Vaishali Mhade. The song opens to Alia Bhatt’s and Varun Dhawan’s characters entering a Ramleela performance. While on the one side of the stage, Laxman draws the epic Lakshman Rekha in front of Sita, Madhuri Dixit’s character is seen swinging on the other side. Listen to the song here.

What makes this song stand out is the way the attention to detail and the old school charm the song has. From the way the song was picturised, to the way Madhuri and Alia are dressed, the picturisation of this song has been perfectly done.

Days before the song was released, Alia teased everyone with tiny bits and pieces about how the shoot for the song went, “A song that gave me sleepless nights, days & months is coming very very soon.. I think you can safely say that I have never been SO nervous for anything in my life.. *screams frantically and hides under bed* You may have to send a search party to find me. Meanwhile watch this space for more.”

Directed by Abhishek Varman (known for other brilliant movies like 2 States,) this movie is the most awaited film of this year. Also starring Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapur in key roles, Kalank is all set to hit the screens on the 17th of April this year!


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Photograph Review And First Day Box Office Expectations



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Director: Ritesh Batra

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra


Rafiq (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a street photographer who walks the streets of Mumbai trying to create special memories through polaroids. Into his frame walks Miloni (a CA, played by Sanya Malhotra.) However, while Rafi seems to think Miloni should definitely get a picture clicked, the latter is reluctant. Miloni finally succumbs to Rafi’s charms and persuasion skills and gets a picture clicked. The moment Rafi takes the picture, a conversation strikes up between Miloni and Rafi. The rest of the movie maps out to a family meeting on pretense and a slow romance in the works! With Miloni pretending to be Rafi’s fiancé Noor, the movie shows how the leads start getting closer even though they are playing a facade.


Despite being part of a world which is constantly obsessed with social media and staying connected, Ritesh Batra has created a setting similar to old school romance. As always, Ritesh Batra has breathed magic into every scene. Something as simple as a photograph (not a selfie, mind you,) is so powerful, it draws two strangers together. Who would have thought?

Photograph works for one basic reason. It pulls at the nostalgia strings of your heart! Miloni and Rafi realise they really do have a lot of things in common and these similar tastes and similar dislikes form the basis of a beautiful friendship between them, with hints of something more in the offing.

Like always, Nawazuddin’s acting skills are par excellence. With every line delivered perfectly and a perfect characterization of Rafiq, Nawazuddin delivers his dialogues with skills only a seasoned actor has. On her part, Sanya Malhotra also plays the role of Miloni really well. While in the beginning, she plays a reserved and slightly aloof character, Sanya seems to grow in a manner which shows her acceptance of the character she’s playing.

With some lines of resemblance drawn from Basu Chatterjee’s Chhoti Si Baat, Ritesh Batra has made quite a masterpiece with Photograph. All in all, with the cinematography and music adding a really fine feeling to the entire movie, this Ritesh Batra directorial is a delight. Watch it for the subtle nuances and the simplicity of the entire tale!


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Kalank Teaser Out Now



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After a long, long while, the makers of Kalank just dropped the teaser and by the looks of things, it is every bit worth the long wait. Painting a series of stories involving drama, love and multiple emotions, the teaser introduces us to the different characters of this film. A little longer than two minutes, the teaser is captivating in every sense of the word.

First comes Madhuri Dixit as Begum Bahaar, then Sonakshi Sinha as Satya and finally, Alia Bhatt as Roop. While the female characters of Kalank seem to be written well, the male characters have just as special a story to tell. From Varun Dhawan as Zafar, a daredevil bullfighter, to Aditya Roy Kapur as Dev Chaudhary and to Sanjay Dutt as Balraj Chaudhary, Varman has truly thought out the cast! Watch the teaser here and now!

While the teaser doesn’t give a big clue about whose love story it is going to adress, the hints are certainly dropped with amazing subtlety. With only two dialogues forming the crux of this teaser, the visuals give an insight into what to expect from the film. “Kuchh rishte karzon ke tarah hote hain. Jinhe nibhana nahi, chukana padhta hai,” says Varun Dhawan at the beginning, while Alia Bhatt says the last dialogue, “Jab kisi aur ki barbaadi jeet jaise laage… toh humse zyada barbaad aur koi nahi hai iss duniya mein.”

Directed by Abhishek Varman, this particular movie is set during the last few years of a British governed India. From giving us a glimpse of the beautiful dance sequence by Madhuri Dixit, to showing us different scenes from that point of time, this teaser was needed to see what to expect from the movie. Produced by Karan Johar, Kalank is scheduled to hit the screens on the 17th of April this year!


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Badla Movie Review And First Day Box Office Expectations



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Cast: Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan

Director: Sujoy Ghosh


An almost direct adaptation of the Spanish film, The Invisible Guest, Badla tells an extremely gripping story. Opening to Naina (played by Taapsee Pannu) pleading guilty, the movie follows the story of how Badal Gupta (played by Amitabh Bachchan,) fights to protect her, no matter what. Naina is accused of killing her boyfriend, Aryan and Badal’s biggest challenge lies in proving how Aryan was killed by someone from outside the house, despite the police finding no external footprints or break in evidence! With the story in itself being so hard hitting, the movie progresses and through every twist, new skeletons are revealed!


Fast paced and quick to the very end, Badla works really well because of the way the story is rendered. Starting with how the story unravels, to moving forward and showing the multiple layers of the different characters in the film, the quick cuts and the multiple transitions between each scene keep you hooked to the very end.

What makes this movie such a treat to watch is how both Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu fit so well into their characters. Furthermore, the way Sujoy Ghosh narrates the entire story, makes Badla an extremely compelling watch. With the way the songs pull the film forward and the way the scenes are done brilliantly, one can really can’t help but marvel at the brilliance and effort which goes into directing a movie like this!

Known for directing other amazing films in the past (like the Kahaani series,) Sujoy Ghosh has once more proven, in order to tell a really great story, there is a certain way to get your message across. All in all, with the storytelling being what it is and the entire cast putting their best foot forward, Badla makes for a very entertaining watch!


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