NRI and Half-Indian hotties scorch the screen in Bollywood

Mumbai: While successful Indian actors crossing over to Hollywood and US actors of exclusively Indian origin constantly make headlines, one rarely sees actors of mixed heritage (part-Indian) being spoken of, as frequently. This despite them being as prolific — if not more — than their counterparts.

NRI and Half-Indian hotties scorch the screen in Bollywood

Take, for example, the pretty Annet Mahendru. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan to a Russian mother and Indian father. Best known for her work in TV show, The Americans where she plays a Russian spy, she has a film releasing this week— Penguins of Madagascar. In the film, she lends her voice to Eva, a Russian snow owl who’s also an intelligence analyst, a no-nonsense brainy beauty. The two characters share little in common. “Well, Eva can fly, for one thing,” jokes the actress.

Then there’s Indira Varma. She’s half-Indian half-Swiss and is from the UK. More prolific, she is best known for her role in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, TV series Rome and most recently, Game of Thrones. She has a film coming up in a few weeks — Christian Bale-starrer Exodus: Gods and Kings. In the film, berated for its casting choices, she plays Moses’ sister Miriam, a significant part of the oft-told story of Moses, who led Israelites from slavery to freedom.