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I love Bollywood movies and Hollywood movies. There are a great number of superstars in Bollywood who act well and are globally renowned. But we have not seen much participation of Bollywood stars in the Hollywood film industry.

We have seen them participate very little, if at all, in Hollywood, and their participation is usually insignificant compared to other major Hollywood actors.

For example Anil Kapoor's tiny part in MI4 or Irfan Khan in Slumdog Millonaire is far less than what Bollywood has provided these actors in the past.

So what might be the reason Bollywood actors do not like to work in Hollywood?

Is that because they hesitate because of language problem?

Or do they fear comparing with other great heroes in Hollywood?

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If this question text was changed to be more general, rather than an opinion piece, I will remove my downvote. This question has a lot of potential, and I want to see that potential come out. –  TylerShads Oct 24 '12 at 12:14
    
@TylerShads can you elaborate please? I did not get you. –  Mistu4u Oct 24 '12 at 12:39
    
To me, this post seems more general towards the specific actors whereas, making it a general question, like the title implies, about Bollywood actors as a whole might produce better answers. –  TylerShads Oct 24 '12 at 13:12
    
@TylerShads, thanks for cleaning the question! –  Mistu4u Oct 24 '12 at 13:41
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I'd say non-english speaking foreigners have a hard time in Hollywood in general. Because of the accent they are often typecast (e.g. bad guy, sidekick, comic relief,...) And I have noticed that women often start as more or less eye-candy in their first Hollywood roles (e.g. Monica Belucci, Audrey Taoutou, Marion Cotillard, Noomi Rapace,...). –  Oliver_C Oct 24 '12 at 15:14
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When we're talking about Hollywood, we usually talk about big budget movies. Studios fund these movie projects not out of love of art, but to make a profit. To make a sizable profit they need to sell the movie to the audience so that they buy tickets (and buy DVDs and BluRays ... etc). One of the bigger selling points of any movies is the cast. People will pay money to see their favorite actors on screen. That's why actors with greater popularity (even if they don't really act that well) can demand bigger salaries.

Now, every country has its own cache of superstar actors that people in their own country will recognize. But very very seldom does this recognition cross borders. If you ask any Indian (or fan of Indian cinema) who Amitabh Bachchan is, they will most likely know who he is. Now ask that same question to anyone else, and they'll probably have to Google the answer. Thus, Amitabh Bachchan can sell movies to Indians and fans of Indian movies but probably not to the rest of the world.

It's not a comment on their acting abilities, but on their selling ability.

Another thing is that Hollywood casting is still pretty much stuck on stereotypes. When Hollywood casts an actor of an ethnic background, they will usually stick that actor with a role stereotypical to his ethnicity. So when they cast an Indian actor, it will be to fill a certain type of role instead of a generic one. Thus, Ashwariya Rai as an Indian girl in an arranged marriage, Dev Patel as an Indian slums boy .... etc. That stereotyping further limits the role of Non-American actors (not just Bollywood actors) in Hollywood.

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That is very true. But that is why I wrote "renowned globally". Surely producers wont hire anybody other than a recognizable one. Besides todays media advertizing play a great role in advertizing the movies as well as its cast,crew,trivia before release anything like "words from bible"! –  Mistu4u Oct 24 '12 at 19:16
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Sure they can advertise an unknown, but that takes money. Lots of money. Why hire Amitabh Bachchan (and spend money both on his salary and an ad campaign), when you can hire Al Pacino who is already part of the public conscience? –  System Down Oct 24 '12 at 19:18
    
Hm.That is more convincing. But I don't know, maybe Hollywood just likes to walk a bit differently. :) –  Mistu4u Oct 24 '12 at 19:22
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@SubirAdhikari - Added some more thoughts to my answer. –  System Down Oct 24 '12 at 19:25
    
While this answer is true to an extent, there is nothing stopping a Bollywood actor being cast in a supporting role. There are plenty of non-famous American actors cast in those roles. –  DisgruntledGoat Oct 24 '12 at 20:36
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