Sean Thorton/WENN.comWith Bollywood expected to become a $5 billion industry by the end of 2014, it's little surprise that the Western hemisphere is now beginning to show interest in the world of Indian song-and-dance. Here's a look at five mainstream pop artists who have already made the march to Mumbai.AkonNot content with inflicting his libidinous R&B on the Western world, Akon then jumped on the Bollywood bandwagon in 2011 when he wrote and contributed vocals to two tracks ("Chammak Challo", "Criminal") for the science fiction superhero flick Ra. One.Kylie MinogueShowing off the derriere which has become almost as famous as her slick brand of pure pop over the last 25 years, Kylie Minogue was reportedly paid $1million to perform "Chiggy Wiggy" alongside Akshay Kumar in 2009's underwater action thriller, Blue.Snoop DoggAlways willing to experiment, hip-hop's premier weed advocate became the first mainstream U.S. artist to appear on a Bollywood soundtrack when he contributed on the title track to action comedy Singh Is Kinng.LudacrisFollowing in the footsteps of his one-time collaborator Snoop, Ludacris then got in on the action in 2011 when he teamed up with British bhangra trio RDB for "Shera Di Kaum," the opening number of the soundtrack to cross-cultural hockey drama, Breakaway.Samantha FoxBest-known as a former glamour model and late '80s pop starlet, Samantha Fox became an unlikely trendsetter in 1995 when a role in musical comedy Rock Dancer saw her become the first Western woman to appear in a Bollywood film.
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Bollywood actress Jiah Khan has been found dead at her home in Mumbai, India. Police are investigating the 25-year-old's death as a possible suicide and are seeking information from her neighbours. No further details about her passing were available as WENN went to press.
Khan made her debut in 2007 opposite Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, and has also shared the screen with stars including Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar.
She was born in New York and raised in London, before relocating to Mumbai to carve out an acting career.
Her passing has sent shockwaves through the Bollywood industry, with Bachchan writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "What...!!! Jiah Khan? What has happened? Is this correct? Unbelievable!"
Actress Dia Mirza added, "RIP... (Jiah) Khan. You were too young and beautiful..."
The actor, dubbed the Indian film industry's first superstar, passed away at his home in Mumbai on Wednesday (18Jul12) after a battle with ill health. The cause of his death was unclear as WENN went to press.
Khanna shot to fame playing romantic leads in a string of hit Bollywood movies in the 1960s and '70s, and went on to star in more than 160 films.
He won the Filmfare Best Actor Award three times, and was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
In the 1990s he moved into politics, serving as a Member of Parliament in New Delhi until 1996.
His son-in-law, actor Akshay Kumar told reporters outside Khanna's home, "He has gone to a very nice and heavenly place. We are very happy that he (has) gone there. I hope everybody there whoever is watching him can just say a little prayer for him."
Fellow Bollywood veteran Shabana Azmi paid tribute to her late peer, taking to Twitter.com to pay her respects, writing, "He was the SUPERSTAR like no other. Did 10 films with him. Met him last at Apsara awards. Pale shadow of himself but smile as winsome."
The two Hollywood stars 'won' the Have You Gone CRAZY Award for roles in Bollywood romantic comedy Kambakkht Ishq (Unfortunate Love).
They beat nominated home grown stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and Nikhil Advani to land the dishonour, which was announced at a gala in New Delhi on Friday night (12Mar10).
Kambakkht Ishq was also named Worst Film.
Neither Stallone nor Richards were present at the gala - a fact that troubled leading Indian film experts.
Indo-American Leadership Confederation chairman Rajan Zed tells WENN, "Stallone and Richards should have attended the gala and showed courage, thus making it a learning experience. Being humble is highly honourable."
Meanwhile, Chandni Chowk to China was the event's big 'winner' claiming three Golden Kela Awards, including the Insensitivity Award.
The awards - Bollywood's version of the Golden Raspberry Awards - were launched in 2008.
Kela translates as 'banana' in Hindi.
The American stars appear together in Kambakkht Ishq (Unfortunate Love), alongside Superman Returns actor Brandon Routh and Bollywood regulars Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor.
But their performances have failed to wow Hindu movie critics and the 2009 romantic comedy has landed them dishonours for the Bollywood equivalent of the Razzies.
Stallone and Richards will compete for the Baawra ho gaya hai ke (Have you gone crazy?) category, while the movie itself, directed by Sabir Khan, is up for a total of eight awards, including Worst Film.
Meanwhile, Aussie singer/actress Kylie Minogue has been mauled for her performance of Chiggy Wiggy, which she sang in the movie Blue. The track, written by Abbas Tyrewala, has been named in the Most Atrocious Lyrics category.
The stars' nominations have prompted religious scholar Rajan Zed to call for movie executives to concentrate on producing "quality" films, instead of just attaching big names to the projects to pull in big bucks at the box office.
Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says, "Both Hollywood and Bollywood should focus on quality rather than quantity. Quantity, mixed with mercantile greed, resulted in them ending up in Razzies and Golden Kelas."
The Golden Kelas (bananas) will be handed out in Delhi on 12 March (10).