Proof gone beyond the confines of the Indian

Proof of the worldwide popularity of Bollywood stars is the fact that not one, not two but 4 Bollywood stars have their wax look-a-likes at Madame Tussauds. Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan have their wax statues at Madame Tussaud’s. Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit are all stars who have a tremendous fan following abroad.

Shilpa Shetty a Bollywood bombshell who participated in the U.K.’s biggest reality show “Big Brother” has gained so much popularity that she was invited to meet with the Queen at the Commonwealth Day event in London. International accolades have poured in for John Abraham after the tremendous global acclaim he garnered for his work in Deepa Mehta’s ‘Water’ which made the rounds of quite a few International film festivals that year. With his ‘Hispanic’ looks and a physique to match, he seems every bit an archetypical international star whose popularity has gone beyond the confines of the Indian sub-continent, running across countries like Europe and North America. Mallika Sherawat an Indian actress more famous for her off screen dialogues than for her scene dialogues were first seen in a blink and you miss her role in Jackie Chan’s The Myth. She has now bagged a plum role in Hollywood director Bill Bannernan’s new film Unveiled.

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Shah Rukh Khan the Bollywood Badshah (Bollywood King) is so popular abroad that most of his shows abroad are first day sellouts. Leading French perfume brand Jeannearthes has named a new fragrance after Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. The perfume labeled Tiger Eyes by SRK is marketed as Shah Rukh’s invincible facets captured in a bottle.

Aishwarya and her father in law Amitabh Bachchan are famous personalities in India as well as abroad. Amitabh Bachchan has a mind boggling fan following which spans generations and he too has the privilege of having a perfume named after him, ‘The Amitabh Bachchan perfume and deo for men’. Aishwarya on the other hand has the distinction of having a tulip named after her by The Netherlands. Aishwarya inarguably the world’s mostbeautiful woman has also had the honour of being a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. No mention of Bollywood could be complete without a mention of the contribution of Bollywood’s chocolate hero Aamir Khan. His film Lagaan became the third Indian film after Mother India and Salaam Bombay to win a best foreign film nomination at the Oscars.

Truly the Gods are shining down on Indian stars as never before and Bollywood’s stars are shining brighter than ever.


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