India is one of the biggest consumers of Hollywood films. With the advent of IMAX 3D multiplexes, super fast internet speed and online streaming services the market is only growing bigger with each passing day. So what attracts us Indians to Hollywood films and actors? The first and foremost answer is the humongous production budget in most of their films and the use of cutting edge technology. Also they delve into areas where Bollywood films are even scared of toying with the idea, which is of course slowly changing with the coming to the scene of visionary new age filmmakers (take a look at Baahubali for instance). However Hollywood remains the gold standard in bringing our fantasies alive on screen. With India being touted as the next technical hot spot of the world, the youth of the country mostly identifies themselves with technically superior films and their idols are also from those films. There are exceptions too like Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio who mostly dabbles in dramas, comedies and feel good romances. So, here is a comprehensive list of the ten most popular Hollywood actors in India.
Honorary Mentions: A few Hollywood actors who are massively popular in India but just missed the cut: Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, Ryan Renolds, Ben Kingsley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, Russel Crowe, Matt Damon, Dev Patel, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vin Diesel, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Pattinson and Ben Affleck.
10. Jackie Chan
The name Jackie Chan is synonymous with action. We Indians call him the ‘Chinese action hero’, which is wrong both geographically and politically. He is arguably the biggest Asian star to achieve super stardom in Hollywood. His unique blend of gravity defying stunts and feel good comedy has become a trademark identity of his films. In India his films have entertained generations of moviegoers and his movies are being showcased on television after being dubbed into various local languages. At the age of 62 he is as relevant as he was in his youth, if possible only getting better. In 2005’s ‘The Myth’ our very own Mallika Sherawat was lucky enough to share screen space with him.
9. Ryan Gosling