13 Hollywood Starlets who can pull off the Desi Girl Vibe

Which Hollywood hottie can pass for a desi girl?

13 Hollywood Starlets who can pull off the Desi Girl Vibe

With all the hype around top Bollywood actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone headed to conquer the film industry of the western world, what if the actresses of the west came to Bollywood?

India’s film industry has been the highest grossing film industry internationally for years. Maybe we don’t have the most realistic action scenes or the best special effects but we sure do make a shit ton of money and a whole lot of musicals. Besides raking in the big bucks, no one does romance like Bollywood, that is one technique South Asians have down to a science!


Why wouldn’t Hollywood actresses head to the other side of the hemisphere for a little romance followed by vamp-induced drama and then of course some more romance—unless it’s a Mahesh Bhatt film, in that case they may be faced with a Romeo and Juliet inspired death scene instead.


Aside from the romance, who can resist our sexy actors, sensual romantic songs, ridiculously gorgeous clothes and jewelry—thank you Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and all other designers for make every girl feel like a Queen—and of course, the top notch iconic dance moves of our hit films.

Don’t worry ladies, we’ll break it down for you in terms you can understand.


If Priyanka Chopra can play a half-American-half-Indian FBI agent on an American television show, why can’t we have Mila Kunis play an Indian bahu on the latest Saas-Bahu drama that’s trending?


Well, while that is a good question, let me remind you that if we can make it through 14 years of Katrina Kaif’s tragic Hinglish, I think we can survive Selena Gomez trying to speak in Hindi. Plus with motivation, practice and a good Hindi teacher we’re sure these Hollywood starlet’s can rock a decent Hindi dialogue.

So who could pass for a desi diva? Which Hollywood stars have the looks to pass for a Bollywood Queen? Check out our list of actresses with exotic looks hot enough to rock Tinseltown.

1. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez may have started out as a sweet yet feisty Disney channel star after her years on "Barney" as a child, but since then, the singer and actress has grown into a stunning young woman. With her dark hair, slender figure and carmel-colored skin this multi-talented star can definitely be a Bollywood beuty queen. Just look how precious she looks in this sari!

Her song “Come and Get It” is even inspired by classical Indian music!

2. Nina Dobrev

Mainly known for her role on the hit television show “The Vampire Diaries,” Bulgarian-Canadian actress Nina Dobrev knows how to do drama! Dobrev has the exotic looks and the skills to play the lead in any saas-bahu serial—whether she’s the innocent lead who keeps facing life-changing problems or the evil vamp causing chaos, this actress can definitely hold it down. She’s also Deepika Padukone’s co-star in Padukone’s Hollywood debut film, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”


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It looks like they’re on friendly terms, maybe Padukone can even give Dobrev some tips for a Bollywood career?

3. Mila Kunis

I mean, she’s Mila Kunis—what else do you need? Kunis is absolutely adorable, spunky and talented. Kunis’ Ukrainian ancestry gives her an upper hand at looking ethnically ambiguous, she can essentially play any role!

Check out that one time Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher rocked desi outfits for a friend’s wedding back in 2014 while pregnant. Don't they look adorable?

4. Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz is a breathtakingly beautiful actress and model of Spanish descent. Cruz has not just starred in films and television shows in English and Spanish but French as well—surely she can pick up Hindi easily? Cruz’s glowing tan skin and exotic looks make her the perfect Desi girl! Doesn’t she remind you of an older Prachi Desai or Nargis Fakhri?


She’s not just an internationally recognized actress but a philanthropist as well. She has even spent some time in India, as well as Uganda, volunteering with Mother Teresa. Cruz is the first Spanish actress to receive an Academy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

5. Salma Hayek

Just as stunningly sexy as Penelope Cruz is Mexican American actress Salma Hayek. The beautiful diva has rocked Hollywood with her sultry looks and award-winning acting skills, maybe it’s time to head to India Ms. Hayek?


Hayek is sexy yet dorky at the same time and so lovable. Not only does she look the part, “Salma” is even a “desi” name! She reminds me a bit of the ravishing Raveena Tandon, don’t you guys think so?

6. Vanessa Hudgens

The sweet girl next door from “High School Musical” has grown up to be quite a bold diva. Hudgens is already a fan of the Indian culture as she rocks Indian inspired fashion while meditating, when attending Coachella and even for photo shoots!


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Hudgens is the perfect addition to the young troupe of rising Bollywood stars like Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. With those soft brown curls and sweet smile of hers the industry would fall in love!


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7. Kourtney Kardashian

The Kardashian’s Armenian heritage give the sisters a blended look, but eldest sister Kourtney is the one who is most likely to pass for a desi girl. Their olive skin tone, thick dark waves of hair and chocolate brown eyes are all to die for, however, Kourtney is the sister who looks the most naturally South Asian. 


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She’s curvy, petite and has a killer fashion sense that could give Bollywood’s resident fashion icon, Sonam Kapoor, competition.

8. Gina Rodriguez

Gorgeous American television actress Gina Rodriguez is of Puerto Rican descent and this spunky ball of talent is just perfect for Bollywood. She definitely has the looks to be Bollywood’s next lovable girl-next-door


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Besides being a kick-ass actress on “Jane the Virgin,” Rodriguez is a strong activist working on campaigns to spread a whole lot of #GirlLove for people of color—especially women of color—in the industry.

9. Victoria Justice

This vibrant young starlet definitely reminds me of the lovely Sonam Kapoor. Slender, tall, long flowing brown hair, sharp features and a heart-stopping smile—yup, Justice and Kapoor definitely have things in common. Both are so effortlessly beautiful and so breath-taking you can't help but fall in love. 

Now that the Nickelodeon star is all grown up maybe it’s time to head to Bollywood for a fresh start to her adult career?

10. Odette Annable (Yustman)

Odette Annable (nee Yustman) is an American born actress with Cuban and Columbian heritage. She made her debut at the tender age of 4 in the film “Kindergarten Cop” as a Spanish speaking student in class. She has starred in numerous films such as “Cloverfield” “You, Again” and is the voice of Chloe in the “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” series. She has also appeared on televison shows like “House,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Monk,” “Brothers and Sisters,” and more.  


Throw a braid and a patiala salwar on this gorgeous gem and she’ll totally pass for a Punjabi kudi.

11. Jenna Dewan Tatum

Jenna Dewan is an actress, dancer and a model of mixed descent, she is part Polish, German, Lebanese and English. The lovely blend of ethnicities makes Dewan one exotic beauty you will never tire of. She is stunning and an extremely talented dancer!

And who could forget her iconic performance in “Step Up” with her now husband, Channing Tatum?

Maybe she could be Bollywood’s next Madhuri Dixit-Nene?

12. Nicole Scherzinger

The new face of Bollywood is filled with multi-talented stars like Ayushmann Khurrana and Shraddha Kapoor—actors who can act, dance and sing beautifully. Singer Nicole Scherzinger would fit right in! Scherzinger’s Hawaiian, Fillipino and Ukranian heritage gives her a combination of exotic features that let her pull of the desi girl vibe. 

The stunning singer is also a dancer, and reality show judge. She’s already known in India for her song “Jai Ho” for the International mega-hit film, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Scherzinger is bursting with talent and doesn’t she look like Shilpa Shetty? We’re sure she has the dhumka abilities to match too!

13. Halle Berry

Loved as one of the sexiest actresses of her time, Halle Berry is definitely a Hollywood star who has the desi girl vibe. Just check her rocking a sari in the film “Cloud Atlas!”

Her skin tone, features and even the nose ring totally works! She looks like such a sweet Indian girl, no?

Nila Choudhury

New York born and raised, Nila Choudhury (aka the encyclopedia of useless Bollywood knowledge) is avoiding rishta aunties by obtaining her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.