9 Global Icons You Didn't Know Had Indian Connections

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9 Global Icons You Didn't Know Had Indian Connections

International fame knows no bounds of culture and descent. People, from all walks of life, are welcomed by the global audience to become a part of the industry that deals with stardom. Probably, that's why Hollywood comprises of talent that can be traced back to the most exotic of lands and cultures. 

Having said that, it would not astonish many to know that Hollywood houses some of the greatest celebrities with Indian roots. While some show signs of belonging to Indian descent, others on the list come as a shock as many would not have imagined them to have Indian roots.

Here is a list of celebrities with Indian roots:-

#1. Ben Kingsley

The legendary actor Ben Kingsley who is best known for his role in the biopic, 'Gandhi' in 1982, is half Indian. His father had his roots in Gujarat, India. As a matter of fact, did you know that Kingsley’s birth name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji?


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#2. Norah Jones

The famous singer and pianist, Nora Jones is the daughter of the classic sitar player, Ravi Shankar. Her birth name is Geetali Nora Jones Shankar.


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#3. Nicki Minaj

Who would have guessed that the iconic rapper had even the slightest traces of Indian roots? Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, is of Indo-Trinidadian origin. Probably that's why the rapper has never missed a chance to profess her love for Indian food and culture.


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#4. Kunal Nayyar

The actor is famous for his role of Rajesh Koothrappali in the sitcom 'Big Bang Theory.'  Born in a Punjabi family and brought up in New Delhi, India, Nayyar then moved to America in the year 1999.


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#5. Hannah Simone

The famous Canadian TV host and actress who rose to international fame is slightly yet surprisingly associated with India. Her father is of British-Indian origin.


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#6. Aziz Ansari

Who can forget the character of Tom Haverford in the series 'Parks and Recreation'? Well, the actor was born in a Tamil Muslim family in Tamil Nadu, India.


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#7. Erick Avari

The actor, who is famous for roles in the movies 'Independence Day', 'Stargate,' and 'The Mummy,' has traces of Indian roots. Avari was born in Darjeeling, India to a Parsi-Zoroastrian family.


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#8. Sakina Jaffrey

The Manhattan born actress, Sakina Jaffrey's roots could be traced all the way to India. She is the daughter of actor Saeed Jaffrey.


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#9. Danny Pudi

Danny Pudi is famous for his role of Abed Nadir in the series 'Community.' Did you know that the actor has his roots in India? Interestingly, Pudi’s father is of Indian origin.


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