Aishwarya Rai

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Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and these crazy-famous Bollywood stars are giving Hollywood’s finest a run for their money. They’re raking in billions at the box office, fronting fashion campaigns and would make Angelina Jolie proud with their charity work. These are the names you need to get to know now…  

Deepika Padukone
Talk about generation slashie… Deepika is a model/ actress/ columnist/ feminist and mental health activist, with over 30 on-screen appearances to her name, including Bollywood blockbusters Chennai Express and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Now? Her first Hollywood role is opposite Vin Diesel in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, due out in 2017. Watch this space…

Aishwarya Rai
If you don’t know Aishwarya by now, where have you been?! Starting out as a model (and Miss World winner 1994), Aishwarya’s film career really picked up in the 2000s - one word: Devdas. Married to Abhishek Bachchan (son of Bollywood legend Amitabh), Aishwarya is starting a dynasty of her own with her daughter and humanitarian work with PETA, Push Polio and the UN. Oh, and she has been called the most beautiful woman in the world.   

Priyanka Chopra
From Miss World to Baywatch babe, Priyanka Chopra is making serious waves in America right now. Priyanka is currently starring in the FBI series Quantico, her first non-Bollywood role after award-winning appearances in Andaaz, Barfi! And Mary Kom. Priyanka is also a singer (she’s recorded with, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and one of Bollywood’s hottest stars right now. 

Sonam Kapoor
Sorry, Beyonce, Sonam Kapoor stole the show for us in Coldplay’s Hymn For The Weekend video. She might only have had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role, but the Punjabi actress has notched up enough screentime in Raanjhanaa, Dolly Ki Doli and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo to make it worth it. Sonam is also a supporter of Indian widows, PETA, Organ Cancer Foundation the Smile Foundation and generally making the world a better place. Nice. 

Amy Jackson
When you land the title of Miss Teen World at 15 years old, you hardly expect to be a Bollywood mainstay living in Mumbai three years later, right? That’s exactly what happened to Liverpool-raised Amy Jackson, who has since starred in Madrasapattinam, Thaandavam and Singh Is Bling, with a lead role in 2.0 in the works. Did we mentioned she learned to speak Tamil for her very first Bollywood role? Impressive.

Freida Pinto
When your silver screen debut is a little film called Slumdog Millionaire, you know your career is going well. Freida was born and raised in Mumbai, but has mostly starred in British and American films, including Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and a rumoured role in 2018’s Jungle Book. Freida is big on feminism, too, appearing in Gucci’s Chime For Change campaign.

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