A growing relationship with Hollywood notwithstanding, Bollywood has always loved showing off some firangi skin. And now, fans of B-town movies can expect actresses from every conceivable country to hot up the screens in a range of movies — including America’s Denise Richards, Latino beauty Barbara Mori, Sri Lanka’s Jacqueline Fernandez, French actress Luchiya Cats, Brazilian Bruna Abdullah and Japanese beauty Chigusa Takaku.
Bollywood movies have featured foreign actresses before but usually in small walkon roles or item numbers. The trend is changing now. The most buzz surrounds Denise Richards, who makes her Bollywood debut in Sajid Nadiadwala’s
, which has a large international cast.
Says Nadiadwala, “Denise Richards has a substantial role. She plays Kareena’s rival in love and has a lot of romantic scenes with Akshay.” Nadiadwala said bringing big Hollywood stars into
wasn’t a gimmick. Akshay Kumar plays a Hollywood stunt man and stars like Sylvester Stallone fit into the plot. Latino beauty Barbara Mori is all set to romance Bollywood’s heartthrob Hrithik Roshan in Rakesh Roshan’s
Says Hrithik: “Yes, Barbara Mori is my co-star for the film Kites. And we will start shooting anytime soon.” A mesmerising beauty with an hourglass figure, Jacqueline Fernandez has two Bollywood movies in hand.
Her debut will be Sujoy Ghosh’s
where she plays Jasmine opposite Riteish Deshmukh as Aladdin and Amitabh Bachchan as the Genie. Her other project is Milap Zaveri’s
Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai
Next on the list is French actress Luchiya Cats, who will be seen romancing Govinda in
. The film is a Hindi remake of the Hollywood comedy
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
. Govinda plays a nerdy 40 year-old NRI who stays a virgin until his friends help him get some sex.
Bruna Abdullah, one of the hottest Brazilian models around, will storm Bollywood and is being given a helping hand by Salman Khan. Although Bruna has not bagged any movie yet, Salman has been aggressively promoting her. “I love Bollywood, and what could be better than to have a mentor in none other than Salman Khan,” she said.
Japanese actress Chigusa Takaku will make her debut with Aparna Sen’s film
The Japanese Wife
based on Kunal Basu’s short story in which Rahul Bose plays a character involved with two women.
Raima Sen plays the other woman. Other foreign stars who have acted in Bollywood movies include Ali Larter cast opposite Salman Khan in
; Shannon Esra opposite Govinda in
; Alice Patten opposite Aamir Khan in
Rang De Basanti
; and Rachel Shelly opposite Aamir Khan in