It’s really hard to imagine your favorite actors to appear in pornography, hence, some of the names in the following list may come as a shock to many. However, the truth is that not every actor has their paths covered with a bed of roses. They may have to work in the adult film industry before making it to the top. What’s more interesting is that these world-renowned actors also have a connection to Bollywood. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the list.

1. Sunny Leone

The Canadian-American actress has quite a history with the adult film industry before making her way to Bollywood. In 2011, Sunny Leone became insanely popular in India for her outstanding role in the popular TV reality show “Bigg Boss”. Soon afterward, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt noticed and offered her a lead role in the movie “Jism 2”. It was Leone’s first big Bollywood debut film and also a massive commercial success. 

2. Mia Malkova

The American adult film star Mia Malkova recently made her way to various headlines after the release of her new Bollywood movie trailer. Malkova will star in the upcoming “Climax”, directed by filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma. The desert-themed thriller will have a digital adaptation on RGV World - the new platform named after the controversial filmmaker himself. Previously, the former porn star also worked with RGV in 2018 to produce a short Indian documentary on pornography titled “God, Sex, and Truth”.

3. Sylvester Stallone

It may come as a surprise to Stallone’s fans that he worked in the adult film business, let alone having a connection to the Bollywood scene. The 2009 Sabbir Khan’s action-comedy “Kambakkht Ishq” featured four famous Hollywood stars as cameos, including Holly Valance, Denise Richards, Brandon Routh, and Sylvester Stallone. At the start of his career, Stallone was an adult entertainer. He made his impression with action blockbusters such as “Rocky” and “Rambo”. However, you can trace back his appearance in American softcore pornographic in “Party at Kitty” or “Stud’s”. 

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Sylvester Stallone still keeps his shape at the age of 73

4. Jackie Chan

You didn’t see this coming, did you? No one would expect the Hong Kong martial artist, actor, director, producer, stuntman Jackie Chan to appear on this list. However, he himself confirmed having featured in adult films at the very beginning of his acting career. In an interview with the “Chinadaily”, Jackie said he had to do anything to first survived 31 years ago, and even actor Marlon Brando used to appear in revealing films. In terms of his connection to Bollywood, Jackie Chan’s 2017 Kung Fu Yoga collaborated with famous Indian actors, including Sonu Sood, Disha Patani, and Amyra Dastur. 

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Jackie Chan collaborated with various Indian stars in "Kung Fu Yoga"

5. Sahara Knite

Sahara Knite was featured in the famous American fantasy TV series “Games of Thrones” as “Amerca”. Her debut was on the 7th episode of the first season “You Win Or You Die”. With her previous experience as a pornstar, Sahara Knite gave a super convincing performance that rocketed her fame. The actress’ real name is Saeeda Vorajee and is a half Indian - half English performer. However, there’s no official information on whether she would make a Bollywood debut or not.