Many Indians who have settled abroad have chosen the path of making it big in Hollywood. You will see that they have their roots in either of the states in India.
Kal Penn aka Kalpesh Modi Suresh is a Gujju ladka settled in U.S. He is noted for his role in movies like Harold and Kumar comedy series, Van Wilder and The Namesake.
Jimi Mistry who was the main lead in the Hollywood movie Guru and also starred inThe 40-year old Virgin, is of Indian Irish descent.
Suraj Sharma is a Delhi resident who has acted in well appreciated films like Life of Pi and Million Dollar Arm.
Naveen Andrews who has worked in many famous movies like Bride and Prejudice, The English Patient etc and also popular tv series like Lost is of Indian descent.
Padma Lakshmi, the dusky South Indian actress and a TV Host on American television is from Chennai.
Mindy Kaling of The Mindy Project, comedy series, is born to Indian parents settled in America. Her real name is Vera Chokalingam. She also did a small part in the films No Strings Attached, The Five Year Engagement, etc.
Utkarsh Ambudkar is an Indian born in Maryland known for his notable roles in independent TV-Movie Pitch Perfect. He is a hip-hop artist, singer, DJ, and an actor.
Freida Pinto - Who can forget the Slumdog Millionaire actress? Her Hollywood journey has successfully started since this movie. She has been part of many prestigious Hollywood projects like Rise of the Planets of the Apes, etc.
Russell Peters is one of the richest stand-up comedians in Hollywood. His father worked in Mumbai for a while before settling in U.S.A.
Kunal Nayyar is British born, raised in New Delhi famous for his role Raj in the hit American tv show The Big Bang Theory. Last heard, he is set to star in a movie called Dr. Cabbie, being short in Canada which is produced by Salman Khan with Katrina Kaif's sister Isabel.
Noureen DeWulf is an actor in hit comedy sitcom Anger Management. She was born to Indian parents who used to live in Pune, India. Her parents are both Muslims. She is, however, agnostic.
Many more Hollywood actors have their roots in India. Manoj Night Shyamalan is a popular movie director credited for hits like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Village etc. He is a Tamilian who is settled in U.S.A. In contrast to this, many Indian Bollywood actors have made unsuccessful attempts in Hollywood. Mallika Sherawat, Lisa Ray, Indira Verma are examples of such actors.
Actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Irfan Khan, Gulshan Grover, Gaurav Chopra have made their presence felt in Hollywood movies. Only Irfan Khan, Anupam Kher, Anil Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah seem to regularly appear in many prestigious Hollywood projects.
However, our obsession with Hollywood does not ends here. Many Hollywood films such as Gladiator, Eat Pray Love, The Darjeeling Limited, Jobs, etc have been shot in India.