Bollywood’s obsession with Euro-Centricism is legendary. It can be evidently seen with the recent flooding of foreign actresses in Indian cinemas. The significant part is that most of these actresses, who are presently leading the mainstream Indian cinema had zero success in their hailing countries. Actresses such as Katrina Kaif and Evelyn Sharma had a non-existent career outside India but in, but in Bollywood they have tasted success. We should not be surprised by the fact that all this has happened because of their White skin and western mannerism. And since white skin attracts more audience and thus makes more money for the film producers, no one in the industry really protested against the trend.
Though these days Indian actresses such as Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone are turning tables and impressing Hollywood with their acting skills and looks, the opposite is true for Indian Cinema. This is a result of colonial hangover from which much of the world suffers. The obsession with white skin and considering it more beautiful than other skin tones has resulted in a multi-billion dollar industry of skin-whitening beauty products and treatments. Nevertheless, It would continue till the time the attraction towards FAIR is dominating our mind.
So the foreign actresses in Bollywood are:
Helen was perhaps the first foreign beauty in Indian Cinema. She was born in Barma (presently Myanamar) to an Anglo-Indian father and a Burmese mother. She dominated the 1960-70’s era of Bollywood as a nauch dancer. She got her first break through the sing Mera naam chin-chin chu in the movie Howrah Bridge (1958). She married to Salim Khan, the writer and became a family member of Salman Khan’s family. She was the actress to introduce cabaret and belly-dance to Bollywood
2. Yana Gupta
Yana Gupta was born in Czechoslovakia and made her first debut in Bollywood through the hit, seductive item song ‘Babuji Zara dheere chalo’ for movie ‘Dum’ in 2003. She also worked in many Tamil, Telegu and Hindi films as an Item girl. Unamazingly, she is popularly known to have body flexible, fit and light-skinned body. She then appeared in another item ‘Laila’ in Chalo Dilli and in ‘Murder 2′. Her stunts in Khatron ke Khiladi left people tongue-tied. She has even written a book named ‘How to Love Your Body and Get the Body You Love’.
3. Katrina Kaif
Katrina got her first bollywood debut through the movie ‘Boom’. She then then started getting bundles of modelling assignments and endorsements, undoubtedly because of her light-skinned colour and a perfect body. She then worked in some south Indian movie and again made her come back in Bollywood movie ‘Maine Pyaar Kyu Kiya’. She then took Hindi and Indian dance classes such as Kathak to set her foot in Bollywood. Though she is always considered as an outsider by the people, she always emerges as a crowd puller. She is now among the highest paid-actresses of Bollywood.
4. Jacqueline Fernandez
After winning the beauty peageant of Ms Sri-Lanka, Jacqueline made her debut through the movie ‘Aladin’ in 2009. Though her first movie was a flop but later she got hits through the other bollywood movies such as Murder 2 (2011), Houseful 2 (2012), Race 2 (2013), Kick (2014) and The flying jatt (2016). She is now busy in doing her upcoming movies and moving towards a successful career.
5. Amy Jackson
Leading model and actress from England, Amy has started her Bollywood career in 2012 with ‘Ek Deewana Tha’. Though the film did average business on box-office but she continued to get roles in Indian movies. She then acted in successful Tamil movie ‘I’ (2015). Her next bollywood movie was ‘Singh is Bling’ (2015) in which she was casted opposite to Akshay Kumar.
6. Evelyn Sharma
Evelyn is an Indo-German model, who did some supporting roles in several Bollywood movies such as ‘Nautanki Saala’, ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ and ‘Yaariyan’.
7. Hazel Keech
A British actress and model, who is a half-Indian origin, came to India on a vacation and since then she never went back. She was born to a British father and Mauritian mother, who was from Bihar ancestry. She debuted in the Tamil movie ‘Billa’. She then worked with Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the hit movie ‘Bodyguard’. She has also done an item number in the movie ‘Maximum’ (2012). She has now got engaged to the famous Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh.
8. Lauren Gottlieb
Lauran, a dancer, hails from US and is popularly known for her supporting role in ABCD: Any Body Can Dance and ABCD 2. Besides that, she was the runner-up in the reality show Jhalak Dikhla Ja and appeared as a judge in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded.
9. Barbara Mori
Barbara Mori is of Japanese descent. She is an actor, producer and a writer. She was the leading actress in Bollywood movie ‘Kites’, opposite to Hrithik Roshan. She is also an early stage cancer survivor.
These foreign actresses are well accepted by the Indian audience. But we hope that people are not gonna forget the Indian Beauties too