From Shabana Azmi to Kubbra Sait – new wave of Indians heading to Hollywood

In recent years, Indian actors such as Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Priyanka Chopra, Anupam Kher, and several others have appeared in high-profile Hollywood projects. And now, a new wave of actors landing plum gigs in international projects has started.

Shabana Azmi will appear in a major supporting role in the Steven Spielberg-executive produced series ‘Halo’, based on the popular video game series of the same name.

Tamil actor Dhanush will star in ‘The Gray Man’, directed by ‘Avengers: Endgame’ helmers Joe and Anthony Russo and featuring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in starring roles.

Kubbra Sait and Pravessh Rana will appear in the big-budget Apple TV+ series ‘Foundation’, based on the seminal novels by Isaac Asimov, and Sobhita Dhulipala and Sikandar Kher will appear in Dev Patel’s directorial debut, ‘Monkey Man’.

“My agent in London got in touch with me for this role. Initially, there was a date clash but thankfully things worked out and I can’t wait to start shooting!” Shabana Azmi told HuffPost India in an interview. “It’s a completely new territory for me as it deals with Artificial Intelligence.”

About ‘Monkey Man’, Sobhita said that she had auditioned for it five years ago. She said it was an ‘incredibly wholesome and introspective’ experience working on the project. The actor added, “This is the closest I have been to my own self, my family, and my pursuits. I shot for Monkey Man during a global health crisis, which has its share of inconveniences but that aside, I didn’t find my journey during the film particularly challenging or difficult. I enjoyed every second of the ride.”

Additionally, Priyanka Chopra will next be seen in ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ and the Russo Brothers-produced Amazon series ‘Citadel’, which will also get an Indian spin-off spearheaded by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK of the ‘Family Man’ fame.

Image courtesy of (credit: Shabana Azmi/Instagram)

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