West Goes East: The Hollywood/Bollywood Connection
West Goes East: The Hollywood/Bollywood Connection

Hollywood and Bollywood have been dancing circles around each other for the last few years. While a couple of Hindi film stars like Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Irrfan have successfully broken ground and gotten to the other side of the fence, a couple of world-famous faces from Hollywood have crossed over to India for movie appearances. 2015 is the year the West once again knocks at the East’s door with the entry of Nathan Jones (Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015) is signed up with Remo D’Souza for the A Flying Jatt. In the film, Tiger Shroff is a superhero, while the Australian wrestler plays the super villain, according to Bollywood Hungama. This is not the first time that Hollywood names are appearing in Bollywood film credit scrolls.

 Kambakkth Ishq

This film had three special appearance guests; Brandon Routh (Superman), Denise Richards (the Bond girl) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, Rambo), according to the Internet Movie Database website. Stallone starred as himself and was right at home while providing the punch in the action parts where he fought off rogue elements to protect the leading female character played by Kareena Kapoor Khan.

West Goes East: The Hollywood/Bollywood Connection
Kambakkht Ishq Official Poster

Richards played the love interest of Akshay Kumar’s character and a lip lock session generated enough talk with fans of Khiladi. Routh took part in an action scene with Akki, with the two apparently rumored to have exchanged tips on martial arts, action, and fitness.

 The Rising – Ballad of Mangal Pandey

Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) plays British officer alongside stars Amir Khan and Rani Mukerji, explains the Internet Movie Database website. Stephens’ role was that of an officer battling with the conscience. After the movie, Stephens remarked that working with Indian actors and filmmakers was a real eye opener and the movie script allowed him to view the colonial period from a totally different point of view. He added, “It made me quite ashamed of our history.”

 Namastey London

Clive Standen (Vikings) appeared in this 2007 film with Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif

West Goes East: The Hollywood/Bollywood Connection
A still from the movie Namastey London

playing the lead roles. The film was about how Indians give little to no value to tradition and instead chose to do as the Westerners do. Standen stepped in as Kat’s character’s boyfriend, Charlie Brown, the type of individual who cared little about Indians. To date, this is the only Hindi film the actor has been involved in.

Western artists who have performed in Hindi films making them chartbusters are:

  • Akon in the song Chammak Challo in R.A.One starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shah Rukh Khan
  • Kylie Minogue who added her vocals to Chiggy Wiggy alongside Sonu Nigam in Blue
  • Snoop Dogg when he collaborated with Akshay Kumar for Singh is Kinng

Bollywood and Hollywood film industries are always crossing paths; first it started with Bollywood re-working some of Hollywood iconic movies until eventually a time came when actors from each industry start acting in the other. The fascination of Hollywood singers and actors is there to remain in both offline and online news media like Dainik Bhaskar, and since local films are making headlines from Dainik Bhaskar to international news, Hindi Bollywood news is certainly receiving attention from Hollywood!