‘Being a foreigner in B’wood has been positive’

Over the years, the globally popular Indian film industry has opened up to talented foreign beauties with open arms. Cases in point are Katrina Kaif (Britain), Jacqueline Fernandez (Sri Lanka), Nargis Fakhri (US), Elena Kazan (Russia-born German), Elli Avram (Sweden), Lauren Gottlieb (US), Hazel Keech (Britain) and Kristina Akheeva (Russia).

‘It's been a positive (to be a foreigner in Bollywood). It is up to the directors - if they dress me up in western, I can carry off the look well, and I can also carry the traditional look in Indian wear for an Indian character,’ Evelyn said.

In fact, this flexibility has opened more doors for the 23-year-old, who turned to acting after a stint in modelling for Britain-based brands.

She was born to a Punjabi father and German mother. Her father had died early. Only after she came to India three years ago did she find ‘a new side’ to herself - a side which loves chai, parantha, biryani and ‘drama’.

Evelyn's Bollywood career started with a bit role in the 2012 film From Sydney With Love, where she played a foreigner. She went on to play a mix of 'desi' and 'videshi' parts in ‘Nautanki Saala, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Issaq and Yaariyaan.
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