Whether it’s the Lean On video or actor Chris Hemsworth’s recent visit to India, we’ve seen many Indophiles in Hollywood. Here are a few more
Elizabeth Hurley’s Twitter timeline last month was filled with kiss emoticons and hashtags like ‘bliss’, for our country. The stunning British actress-model was visiting Mumbai to attend a wedding and was seen partying with the likes of Bollywood celebrities Seema Khan and Dino Morea. While the love connect might not be her
former husband, textile king Arun Nayar, whom she split with in 2011, last year saw the 50-year-old posing for the Harper’s Bazaar cover in a green-sequined Sabyasachi dress. In the past, she has been spotted in saris and even convinced her 13-year-old son, Damian, to wear a sherwani.
One of the fastest bowlers in the world, Lee has been associated with India and projects here for a long time; whether it was back in 2004 when he presented the IIFA award to Priety Zinta or the more recent Indo-Australian film, UnIndian, which released in October last year. Directed by Anupam Sharma, the romantic comedy had Lee playing the male lead opposite Tannishtha Chatterjee, of Shadows of Time fame. A self-confessed butter chicken fan, this 39-year-old Australian had said earlier that “India looks after (him) like a son”.
Just last week, Dame Judi Dench had attended the world premiere of her latest, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, at Odeon in Leicester Square, London, wearing a colourful flower garland around her neck. For the 81-year-old, coming to India was not a culture shock, it was a ‘love affair’ to which she says she is now ‘addicted’. The actress — best known for her role as M in the James Bond series — hopes that the comedy-drama, which is a sequel to the 2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is successful in showcasing the beauty of Indians.
As a teenager, bitten by wanderlust, Nicole Kidman had visited the country. And she hasn’t stopped since. During her most recent visit last December, the 48-year-old Australian admitted that our culture and food has always attracted her and she felt ‘incredibly comfortable’ here. She also shared that she drew inspiration from Bollywood while shooting for her 2011 Oscar-nominated role in the movie Moulin Rouge. Her next movie, Lion, is with Dev Patel for which she is rumoured to be shooting in Kolkata.
Coldplay star Chris Martin surprised Delhi last year. The 38-year-old turned up to perform an impromptu gig at the Summer House Cafe in Hauz Khas village. While his acoustic set blew minds, little did we know that he was in the country to shoot for his recently-released and much-talked about video, Hymn for the Weekend. And if you look closely at their Superbowl performance this year, the instruments have the band’s name inscribed in Hindi — if that isn’t a declaration of love, we don’t know what is.