The 2 minutes 15 seconds trailer itself contains a whole bunch of embarrassing Indian stereotypes
The trailer of Academy Award winner Brie Larson-starrer film Basmati Blues was released last week and most of the Indians are welcoming it with not-so-positive reactions.
The trailer shows Larson’s scientist character Linda’s life in rural India as she tries to sell a new type of genetically modified rice to the farmers. Linda, who later realizes that the genetically modified rice is harmful, then tries to protect the poor farmers from her company.
The 2 minutes 15 seconds trailer itself contains a whole bunch of embarrassing Indian stereotypes and twitteraties find it difficult to tolerate with this type of portrayal.
“FFS Hollywood, this is 2017 and you still don’t understand the East. Can you stop creating such generalizing BS?,” a user named Samyak Sibashis tweeted.
FFS Hollywood, this is 2017 and you still don't understand the East. Can you stop creating such generalising BS?https://t.co/25sfWqGhHU
— Samyak Sibasish (@SamyakSibasish) November 9, 2017
This reminds of those SRK movies that some producer shot in the '90s, shelved, & then released five years later when he became A-list.
Why would Brie Larson do this?!https://t.co/sXjpDqyvcb
— Sahil Rizwan (@SahilRiz) November 9, 2017
— Swetha Sridhar (@swethasridhar92) November 9, 2017
Many wondered why an actress like Brie Larson is doing this type of movies.
Oh great it’s cringey white-people-in-India-saving-the-brown-savages season again. https://t.co/1ksFG6RYkm
— Harnidh Kaur (@PedestrianPoet) November 8, 2017
Really wish Brie Larson wasn't the lead of a garbage movie titled "Basmati Blues"
— Sonia Thomas (@SoKneeOh) November 8, 2017
it's pretty depressing that while watching the trailer for basmati blues, i was giving the movie points for maybe passing the POC bechdel test
— Shibesh (@lordoftheshibs) November 9, 2017
why is @brielarson making white washed movies about rice in India?! girl, ur an Oscar winner and played one of my fave characters ever (USOT's Kate!), YOU DONT NEED TO DO THIS! #basmatiblues #makingmeblue #goawaywhitepeople
— Mansi Reddy (@BornReddyy) November 9, 2017
It was in 2013, Brie Larson signed up for the movie and for the last few years it has been struggling to get a wide release.
The musical rom-com is the directorial debut of Dan Baron and it also stars Scott Bakula, Donald Sutherland, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Suhasini Mulay and Lakshmi Manchu. Produced by Monique Caulfield and Jeffrey Soros, the film will be released in theaters on December 7.