Stop getting ‘westoxified’
Actor Tannishtha Chatterjee says the urge to get validation from the West should end
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.