Indian bombshell Frieda Pinto and Aziz Ansari, who stars with Jesse Eisenberg in 30 Minutes or Less are not the only South Asian actors who are breaking new ground in Hollywood.
South Asian and Indian actors traditionally have slim pickings for major "non-stereotypical roles" outside of Bollywood. It has been difficult for them to make their mark in the Western world, but new opportunities are springing up.
The following 10 South Asian actors are breaking down traditional stereotypes and opening doors for other actors from the subcontinent to live the Hollywood dream. Since South Asia and India is such a diverse region, I have decided to provide as much cultural and family of origin information as possible.
Naveen Andrews. Born in Lambeth, London, England. Both parents from Kerala, India. Naveen appeared in The English Patient, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and Lost.