Mean Girls (2024) actor Avantika Vandanapu, in a recent interview, said, “It's amazing that Indian women have kind of been able to shine their light in Hollywood... I feel honoured to be a part of this legacy,” Vandapu, made waves by landing a prominent role in Mean Girls, which was released on January 12. She played the role of Karen Shetty, a role essayed by Amanda Seyfried, as Karen Smith in the original. It's not just Vandanapu, who is making waves in Hollywood. Here are other women of Indian origin breaking away from tropes.

Sunita Mani is mainly known for her role as Arthie Premkumar in GLOW, a series. She also played a small role in Everything Everywhere All At Once.

Megan Suri got noticed for her role as Aneesa in Never Have I Ever alongside Maitreyi Ramakrishnan. She has appeared in series like Fresh Off the Boat and Atypical.

Simone Ashley, has most recently been noted for her character as Kate Sharma in season two of Bridgerton. Before that, She played Olivian Hanan in Sex Education.

Tiya Sircar's most recent notable role was in The Good Place as Vicky or The Real Eleanor. She has also starred in the 2026 film, The Internship and the 2023 film, Ghosted.

Ritu Arya initially became known for her role as Dr Megan Sharma in Doctors. She has also starred in series like Humans and The Umbrella Academy. Most recently she starred in Barbie alongside Margot Robbie and Simu Liu.

Ambika Mod most recently starred in One Day, a series, alongside Leo Woodall. The British actor has also appeared in This is Going to Hurt and I Hate Suzie.

Sujata Day has appeared in series like The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and Insecure.

Richa Moorjani recently won our hearts as Kamala from Never Have I Ever. She has also appeared in a few episodes of Fargo and The Mindy Project.