Stop get­ting ‘west­ox­i­fied’

Ac­tor Tan­nishtha Chatterjee says the urge to get val­i­da­tion from the West should end

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We look a par­tic­u­lar way. If I’m cast as a South Amer­i­can or an Aus­tralian, it vis­ually doesn’t jus­tify TAN­NISHTHA CHATTERJEE, AC­TOR

Ac­tor Tan­nishtha Chatterjee (right) has worked in plenty of Indo-western col­lab­o­ra­tions to call her­self a global artist, but she does not ap­prove of peo­ple in Bollywood be­ing awe struck by In­dian ac­tors, who bag in­ter­na­tional projects.

“I don’t think we should give em­pha­sis on the val­i­da­tion that we of­ten seek from the West. It’s a part of our colo­nial psy­che and we need to just stop and not get ‘west­ox­i­fied’. I love work­ing and trav­el­ling and meet­ing peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures, as it all helps me ex­pand my vi­sion as an artist. (Also) It is en­rich­ing for me, but be­yond that this whole val­i­da­tion is not some­thing I work for,” says Chatterjee.

The ac­tor who has been part of films such as Shad­ows of Time (2004), Brick Lane (2007) and UnIn­dian (2016), hopes that peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of con­stantly look­ing up at the western films will change soon. “The en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try still looks at things su­per­fi­cially. If you speak English in a par­tic­u­lar way or watch English shows, the so­ci­ety looks up to you. How­ever, as we grow and get ma­ture as a na­tion, I’m sure we will get over these hang ups,” she says. In the last one year, ac­tors such as Priyanka Cho­pra and Deepika Padukone have made their Hol­ly­wood de­but. Mean­while, some ac­tors in Bollywood have raised ques­tions on be­ing of­fered only Asian roles. Chatterjee, how­ever, does not see a prob­lem with it. “We look a par­tic­u­lar way. I can’t play a Chi­nese char­ac­ter. If I am cast as a South Amer­i­can or an Aus­tralian, it vis­ually doesn’t jus­tify and you will have to do pros­thet­ics on me. Why would any­one do that,” won­ders the ac­tor.

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