Ever since, the Twitteratis are spewing fire and attacking the film for its shallow portrayal of a country.
Academy Award winning actress Brie Larson might not have imagined such a response for her upcoming film, ‘Basmati Blues’.
The film’s trailer is being thrashed online by Indians for ‘generalising an entire culture’.
The trailer shows Brie as a scientist who is sent to India by an American rice-selling corporation to learn the country’s farming methods. Upon landing in India, she meets stray goats, farmers who speak fluent English among themselves, eats highly exaggerated spicy food, gets her feet washed in brass plates.
Now what’s the issue? The India portrayed in the film looks like rural India and nothing seemed derogatory or insulting. The actress was sent to India to help farmers with their crops. And daily wage or low earning farmers don’t wear leather jackets and travel on sports car. Hence their look was accurately portrayed.
And as far as the hospitality is concerned in the villages. Yes, the tradition to wash a guest’s feet is still followed in some parts of the country. So what’s wrong? Is it the spicy food? Naah, coz we love the spice and even endorse it bluntly.
Well, it seems we’re getting way too touchy when we see a ‘firangi’ talking about our country or even trying to understand our culture. Rather than feeling proud of what we are, we end up getting offended at the stereotypes which by the way this film’s trailer didn’t portray any.
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