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Abhay Deol talks about Indian stereotypes in Hollywood

Thursday, August 19, 2021 • Hindi Comments
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Abhay Deol talks about Indian stereotypes in Hollywood

Cinema is a powerful medium which can easily influence people in many sublte ways. Although when compounded with the ignorance of a filmmaker, it can also create false cliches and stereotypes which can have negative effects. Actor Abhay Deol recently talked about how Hollywood cinema stereotypes Indian people.

Abhay said, "I think stereotyping people is a reality whether it is in Bollywood or Hollywood. Even in our cinema, we stereotype few communities. But if we look at mainstream American cinema and television, I would say, we Indians are shown in two extremes. On-screen, Indian men are usually shown as nerds and Indian women are shown as exotic, attractive and beautiful."

He further added, "This kind of stereotyping puts a community in a pigeonhole which I do not like. Having said that I do not want to look at the past anymore because we are changing the conversation with better roles, better representation and better storytelling. I see no reason on holding on to the past and sulk about it, we are storytellers, we rather should change it.”

Giving Priyanka Chopra's example as a sign of improvement in the image of Indians in Hollywood, Abhay said, She is the face of change that we want to see to break the stereotype of representation of south Asian character. Casting actors like her in lead roles whether it is in ‘Quantico’ or in films in which she played a substantial part because of her talent, is the way forward. That is the way forward, instead of casting Indian actors like ‘taxi driver’ etc.”


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