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Updated by Nivedita Ramakrishnan on Jul 11, 2014
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Indian Origin Celebrities

That celebrity you've always thought to be from this certain country and awesome? Well, yeah. He's not really from that country... Get ready to be surprised!

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Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

YES. Top Chef's Padma is very much an Indian in her roots. Its quite obvious in her very name, but many don't get that is all.

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Jay Sean

Jay Sean

While Jay Sean is his stage name, he is actually Kamaljit Singh Jhooti. Born to Indian immigrant parents in London, he had enrolled to study medicine before his career in singing.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

'Onika Tanya Maraj' when looked up, has records saying she is a Indian by a quarter. Well, there's that much and that's enough to leave us surprised.

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Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Born as Kalpen Suresh Modi, he's popular for having played distinguishable roles in many movies and shows, he's taught as a guest lecturer and is even into politics!

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Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal

Mr. Jindal is now the 55th Governor of Louisiana and was also born there to Indian immigrant parents. He's had a rather long run in politics and that's where he is now, too.

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Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto

Popular for her roles in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Slumdog Millionaire. People did notice her skin, but it was nonetheless a little surprising that she has Indian roots.

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Dev Patel

Dev Patel

Born in London to Indian origin parents, Dev is best known for his role as Jamal Malik in Slumdog Millionaire. Somehow, it sounds like this is 'nuff said.

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Nikki Randhawa Haley

Nikki Randhawa Haley

'Namrata' Nikki 'Randhawa' Haley was born in an Indian Sikh family, and went on to work in many fields, before establishing a name in American politics. She is currently the 116th Governor of South Carolina.

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Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar

We all know him best as Raj Koothrappali from The Big Bang Theory--who can't talk to women. Well hey there's a lot more to him than just that!

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M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan

He is an screenwriter, film director, and producer whose movies are almost always successful. Teens of now might know him best for directing The Last Airbender. He's been awarded the most prestigious Padma Shri award by the Indian government.