So you thought your favorite Bollywood actors and actresses were all Indian? Rethink it once again, for you will be shocked to discover that a bevy of most popular Bollywood stars aren’t even proper Indian citizens! Our debunking of the 19 popular Bollywood stars who don’t carry an Indian citizenship-
One of the most illustrious actresses to have graced Bollywood, Helen is a Burmese origin beauty born in 1938 to an Anglo-Indian father and a Burmese mother. Known for her graceful and iconic dance moves, Helen was also the first foreign actress to appear in Hindi films.
Currently among the top Bollywood actresses, Deepika Padukone’s claim to fame has been numerous. A terrific actor, a graceful dancer and one stunning beauty, the daughter of illustrious badminton player Prakash Padukone was born in Denmark. So she holds a Danish citizenship, though she was brought up in Bangalore.
Bollywood’s fitness enthusiast Akshay Kumar is also not an Indian citizen. He was born in Amritsar, Punjab as Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia and was brought up his Delhi. He holds a Canadian passport and gave up Indian citizenship after he accepted his ‘honorary Canadian citizenship’.
Daughter of ace Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and herself an established actress, Alia Bhatt is in reality a British citizen. Courtesy of her mother Soni Razdan’s origins in Britain, Alia does not qualify to acquire citizenship of India.
The beautiful Katrina Kaif is known to be a ‘foreign’ entrant in Bollywood. And though she was born to a Kashmiri father in Hong Kong, she holds a British citizenship that comes from her mother’s roots.
The much touted nephew of Bollywood perfectionist Aamir Khan, Imran Khan is an US citizen. Born in Madison, Wisconsin in the United States, Imran moved to Mumbai with his mother after the divorce of his parents. And his dilemma is real- for he will have to pay 10 years worth of tax in advance if he chooses to give up his American passport.
The Sri Lankan beauty has made Bollywood her own, but still she does not own an Indian citizenship. Winner of the Miss Universe Sri Lanka beauty pageant in 2006, Jacqueline is very much a Sri Lankan citizen, though she had been born in Bahrain.
Kalki Koechlin might be one of the finest actors gracing tinsel town, but the unconventionally real star isn’t an Indian citizen. Though she was born in Puducherry of India, Koechlin retains her French passports as she traces her descent to her French parents.
India has been fawning over this man with unbelievably good looks ever since he debuted in Bollywood in 2014. The hot as hell, intense looking actor however is a citizen of Pakistan and owes his sharp facial traits to his Pakistani lineage.
Former adult star and now a mainstream Bollywood actress, Sunny Leone is of Canadian- American nationality and has an American citizenship. An overseas citizen of India, Sunny Leone interestingly has the real name Karenjit Kaur.
Nargis Fakhri is one celeb with undertones of multiple nationalities. Born to a Pakistan father and a Czech mother, Fakhri is an American model and holds an American citizenship.
Another of the rising eye candies in Bollywood, Evelyn Sharma is a German model born to a Punjabi father and a German mother.
His ever smiling face and calm demeanor have earned him scores of fans in Bollywood, but the charming actor- singer is a man of Pakistani descent.
A US born Indian- American who has aced the tinsel town as an actress and a singer, Monica Dogra is an Instagram star and has also starred in the 2011 film Dhobi Ghaat.
Khamoshiyan fame actress Sapna Pabbi hails from London and holds a British passport. And with dual citizenship prohibited in Indian, Pabbi cannot be an Indian citizen.
Barbara Mori who appeared opposite Bollywood heart throb Hrithik Roshan in the film Kites carries a Mexican- Uruguayan dual nationality.
Born in Stockholm in Sweden, India- Swedish- Greek actress Elli Avram is a Swedish national. Her real name is Elisabet Avramidou and she has also appeared on the widely acclaimed Scandinavian talk show Skavlan.
Amy Jackson might have gone overnight famous in Bollywood when she turned on her action avatar in Akshay Kumar starrer Singh is Bling. The beautiful actress hails from Liverpool in the United Kingdom and obviously holds a British citizenship. Even her looks reflects her British origin.
SARAH JANE DIAS
The Femina Miss India 2007 winner Sarah Jane Dias has her origins in Muscat of Oman. Born to Roman Catholic parents, Sarah treaded on Bollywood lands after her stint with modelling.