American pop culture is so globally overpowering that it can be hard to believe other countries have their own steroidal film industries exporting titles far and wide—but it's true.

Take Bollywood, India's version of Hollywood, which cranks out about 1,000 films a year, twice Hollywood's output, most of them for a fraction the cost of the average American movie. Only called Bollywood since the late 20th century, the multibillion-dollar industry has actually been booming for decades, turning out a never-ending stream of megastars—including some of the world's most beautiful women.

Sure, you may have heard of Aishwarya Rai and Freida Pinto, who have attained star status in the U.S. thanks to breakout roles or giant cosmetics contracts, but there are plenty more Bollywood bombshells you've likely never heard of...just take a look at the following slides.