10 Celebrities that you didn't know were Indian!
Norah Jones born on March 30, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York, is the daughter of the internationally known sitar player, Ravi Shankar. She’s a singer and pianist and has developed her own unique style of jazz, traditional vocal pop, and a little bit of country blues and contemporary folk. It’s clear that music runs in her blood, however, for most of her life, she was estranged from him. Her birth name is Geetali Norah Jones Shankar.
No one would ever guess that Ben Kingsley is of Indian descent. He played the lead role in the movie biopic, Gandhi in 1982. If none of y’all has watched the classic, we recommend it, because it’s a must watch. Kingsley’s father has descents from Gujurat, which makes him half-Indian and half-British. His birth name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji, which he changed when he made a move to the film industry from the theatre. But he was polite enough to ask his father’s permission, who gave him his full blessings.
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X-Factor Australia winner, Samantha Jade Gibbs is born on April 18, 1987, in Perth, Australia. She’s an Aussie singer, songwriter, and actress. She was also a child model. Samantha Jade has stated several times that her father is half-Figian and half-Indian. Now it makes sense why she’s complete beauty. Almost like she’s the whole package. Good looks, great voice, and a great personality.
Born on February 2, 1992, in Vancouver, Canada, he’s one of the rising stars of Hollywood. He launched his career with the movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story in 2006. Avan Jogia’s father is a British expat of with descents from Gujarat. He’s also half Welsh, English, and German from his mother’s side. His blood is so international that he’s a mix of European, Asian and American. Well, we’re all officially really jealous of him and his good looks.
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Actress and singer, Zuleikha Robinson was born on June 29, 1977, in London, United Kingdom. She’s known for her role in nightmare-ish TV drama Lost. She, just like our friend Avan Jogia, is a melting pot of cultures as well. Other than the Indian heritage which she gets from her mother, who is half-Burmese/Indian/Malay, she also has a little bit of English, Scottish and Iranian in her blood. THE JEALOUSY IS ALMOST REACHING IT’S PEAKS!
Born on April 13, 1952, in Darjeeling, India. Erick is an Indian-American actor who is known for his parts in science-fiction productions. His birth name is Nariman Eruch Avari and was born into a Parsi family. His great-grandfather is Jamshedji Framji Madan who's one of the avant gardes of the Indian film industry during the early 20th century. It’s clear as day that acting and film is in his blood.
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British-Indian RnB singer comes from a Sikh-Punjabi family. His real name is Kamaljit Singh Jhooti. Not many of his fans know of his Indian genes, however, his fans in the UK are very well aware of it. He became famous with his fusion hits of Hip Hop and Bhangra. And he ALMOST went to medical school. If that doesn’t make him more Indian than we don’t what does. Most of you will know him from his famous hits Down and 2012.
Born on March 28, 1968, in Chennai, India. He used to be the English Cricketer and captain of the England Cricket team during 1999 and 2003. In July 2016, Nasser made his way into the Guiness Book of World Records, for catching a ball which was dropped by a drone 150 ft high. Nasser is Indian by birth and in lineage. His father is of Indian descent and his mother is English.
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Born on February 14, 1962, in Manhattan, New York. Sakina is a succeeding generation Indian. Both her parents are flourished actors in not only in England but in India as well. She’s known for her role White House Chief of Staff in season 1 and season 2 of TV show drama House of Cards, she also acted in Fox’s Sleepy Hollow as Sheriff Leena Reyes.
Daniel Mark Pudi was born on March 10, 1979, in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. He’s an actor and comedian and he’s famous for his role on comedy TV show series Community, as Abed Nadir. In the show, he acts as a Polish-Palestinian character. However, he’s actually Polish-Indian! Who would’ve known?
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