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Indian village girl in Hollywood film?

Indian village girl in Hollywood film?
Collection King Mohan Babu's daughter Manchu Lakshmi is known for her creative talent. She is currently starring in a Hollywood film Basmati Blues. Manchu Lakshmi is delighted at sharing the screen presence with Oscar winner Brie Larson.

Speaking about her role in the film, she says "I play a village girl Sita, the sister of the hero's character, Rajit, played by Utkarsh Ambudkar. It's a full-length character. The strange thing is that I'm playing an Indian girl in an Indian village but for Western audiences. So, I had to get the subtleties absolutely right. From the way I walk, tie my hair or the way I wear my clothes... everything had to have the stamp of a village belle"

On how she landed in the role, Lakshmi says  "It was a last-minute thing as the actress originally selected for the role could not come on board. The makers are friends of mine and they asked me to audition in Mumbai. It is not an easy task to audition for a Hollywood scheme of things because you get the role only after six to seven producers approve of you,"

Brie Larson is seen as  Linda, a scientist employed with a corporate, who is sent to India to sell a variety of genetically modified rice. The film which was shot in Kerala stars Scott Bakula, Donald Sutherland and Tyne Daly in key roles. Sharing the shooting experience, she says  "It was a blast! Donald, Brie and the rest of cast and crew were out of their element as it was a new experience for them to shoot in a remote Indian village. We were all put up at a resort where we stayed for 25 days and bonded really well,"

However the film 's trailer created huge controversy. She says "Unfortunately, the trailer gave the wrong impression. The movie is not about an American coming here to solve India's problems.

It is the story of two individuals from different cultures who unite to fight against corporate greed, and find love," She added , "I think it's unfair that people have made up their minds entirely based on the trailer. I know the producers and director and they have been coming to India for the past twelve years and love the country more than some of our own people. Basmati Blues is definitely not an anti-Indian film. On the contrary, it's a pro-Indian film that teaches farmers to fight exploitation by Western corporates and vested interests."



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