Irfan Khan, Khalid Abdalla, and A.R. Rahman
A number of popular foreign Muslim actors and musicians are beginning to make the crossover to Hollywood, working seamlessly among Bollywood, foreign films, and mainstream Hollywood, and bringing an international audience to American films.
India's Irfan Khan, a staple of Bollywood acting for a decade, has brought his star power to Hollywood with such films like "A Mighty Heart," "Slumdog Millionaire," and "The Darjeeling Express." He is best known for his turn as the investigating police inspector in "Slumdog."
London-bred Khalid Abdulla (of Egyptian heritage) went from a typical terrorist role in "United 93" to playing the hero in "The Kite Runner." He's now working on "The Green Zone" with Matt Damon, directed by Paul Greengrass.
A.R. Rahman, a wildly popular, prolific, and award-winning musical composer in Bollywood, recently won an Oscar for the score he wrote for "Slumdog Millionaire."