September 4th, 2020: Famous Fridays Blog Post - 5 Multiracial South Asian Celebrities
Ben Kingsley born Krishna Pandit Bhanji is a half white and half Indian actor. He was born to Anna Lyna Mary Goodman and Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji on 31 December 1943. He is known for his work in films like Gandhi, for which he won an Oscar in 1983, Hugo, Searching for Bobby Fischer, and Selfless. He has also won a Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, and has been nominated for an Academy Award 4 times. He is one of the most renowned and celebrated actors.
On 9 February 1992, a baby boy was born to Mike and Wendy Jogia, and he was named Avan Tudor Jogia. Avan’s mother is of German, English, and Welsh descent, and his father is British Indian. He is known for his role as Beck Oliver in Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious, Danny Desai in ABC Family, and Ben Stark in the SciFi show Caprica. Along with being an actor, he has also authored a book called Mixed Feelings: Poems and Stories. This book deals with his complicated emotions as a mixed kid and feelings towards his race, identity, and religion.
Norah Jones is an Indian-American songwriter and singer. She is the daughter of the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar and his wife Sue Jones. Much like her father, Norah too took to music and has won nine Grammy Awards for her exceptional singing skills. She has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and was named the top jazz artist of the 2000s decade by Billboard. She launched her solo career with the release of her album, Come Away with Me which won 5 Grammys including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist.
Born to Frank Handrich and Deepa Mirza, Dia is an Indian- German model, actress, producer, and beauty queen. She was born to a Bengali mom and German dad on 9 December 1981. She is a gorgeous model and actress and won the Miss Asia Pacific 2000 title. Along with modeling she’s also an actress and made her Bollywood debut with the movie Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. She has also shown her amazing acting skills in movies like Dus, Lage Raho Munnabhai, and Sanju. She also owns a production house called Born Free Entertainment. She is really a beauty with a brain.
Lara Dutta is an Indian actress, entrepreneur, and beauty queen. She was born to Jennifer and LK Dutta and is half Scottish and half Indian. Her father was a Punjabi Hindu and her mom an Anglo-Indian. She was crowned Miss Intercontinental 1997 and Miss Universe 2000. She scored the highest possible marks in the history of the Miss Universe Contest, making her the most intelligent woman to ever win the title. She made her Bollywood debut with the film Andaaz, for which she won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She has also worked in movies like Masti, No Entry, Bhagam Bhag, Partner, and Housefull.
These are just a few names in a never-ending list of mixed Indian celebrities.