Meet the two foreigners in Bollywood who are taking the internet by storm

Published: July 4, 2016
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It's not just Pakistani actors who are fleeing to Bollywood.
PHOTO: FACEBOOK

It's not just Pakistani actors who are fleeing to Bollywood. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

It’s not just Pakistani artists who are fleeing to India. It turns out Sweden has some hidden Bollywood talent as well.

Swedish actors Hampus and Johan have become internet sensations after their videos — in which the two imitate the plethora of characters they come across on the streets of Mumbai — went viral.

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The duo arrived in Mumbai in 2015 after graduating from business school, to follow their dream of making it big in B-Town.

“In Sweden, Bollywood was like a mystery for us. It seemed to be so crazy and interesting so we developed a deep feeling that we just have to go there and check it out ourselves,” Hampus told The Express Tribune.

Hampus and Johan making paan. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Like most Bollywood fans, the duo loves Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and knows the perfect place to watch the Shah Rukh Khan classic.

“One time we saw it at the legendary cinema Maratha Mandir in south Mumbai where they still show it today and tickets are INR 25,” said Hampus.

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Hampus’ favorite Bollywood actor is Akshay Kumar while Johan’s favorite is Salman Khan.

Hampus and Johan with an auto-rikshaw driver. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Bollywood isn’t an easy industry to succeed in, even for the dedicated Swedish duo.

“We have been working really hard and been dedicated to get jobs. It is a tough business and the struggle is real. Though the kind of roles we have been doing are the kind of scenes where the character has to be a foreigner. There are not so many of those roles, but at the same time there are not so many foreign actors living in India,” Hampus told us.

The two have found some success, however. They have both acted as British officers in Saif Ali Khan’s upcoming movie Rangoon, and have worked with Ritesh Deshmukh as well as Esha Gupta.

Hampus and Johan with their neighbours. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

In the meantime, they have fun impersonating characters, and sharing their journey to stardom on their Facebook page.

Check out some of their hilarious videos:


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Reader Comments (7)

  • pk
    Jul 4, 2016 - 2:28PM

    First video was hilarious.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jul 4, 2016 - 2:54PM

    All those people who think that Bollywood would die if banned in Pakistan should read this news article. Bollywood has become a global phenomenon. There’s going to be a Bollywood theme park being constructed in Dubai even as we speak. Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jul 4, 2016 - 2:54PM

    All those people who think that Bollywood would die if banned in Pakistan should read this news article. Bollywood has become a global phenomenon. There’s going to be a Bollywood theme park being constructed in Dubai even as we speak. Recommend

  • Hamid
    Jul 4, 2016 - 3:36PM

    @Rahul:
    No one thinks Bollywood is going to die if it is banned in Pakistan. In Pakistan, most people watch pirated versions of Bollywood movies while a small minority, mainly comprised of the upper middle class, actually goes to see them in cinemas. Pakistan doesn’t contribute to Bollywood’s revenues in any significant way. I am a Pakistani. I wrote all this because I don’t understand why Indians like you come to Pakistani websites and deliberately write stuff intended to spark debate and argument based on soundless assumptions. Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jul 4, 2016 - 3:52PM

    @Hamid: It does contribute to bollywood box office collection..so much that the collection earned by it is more than the local Lollywood movies earning in Pakistan. It’s a fact, you can check collection of bhajrangi Bhaijan and all other movies that broke record. But I do agree those earning don’t have any significant impact on bollywood or country as it makes 300 to 400 crore worldwide er movie.. To that a mere 20 crore collection in a market is miniscule.
    And btw Alteast we comment civil here, unlike your people who troll in bad language on our news sites :) Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jul 4, 2016 - 4:58PM

    @Hamid:
    My retort was to those who behave as if they’re the next best thing to sliced bread. A lot of people on such forums act as if Bollywood is surviving because of the Pakistani actors working in India or Bollywood being shown in Pakistani cinemas. Neither is this soundless nor is this an assumption. If you ever happen to read any of my previous comments on past articles you’d notice that I speak only based on facts and not assumptions. Recommend

  • bharat
    Jul 4, 2016 - 8:57PM

    Surprised to see them here since Bollywood is not popular in Sweden.Recommend

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