‘Lucky to have never faced racial bias in US’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sneha Ma­hade­van

NIM­RAT KAUR,

There’s much talk about how Bol­ly­wood ac­tors are now go­ing to the West. But for Nim­rat Kaur (left), who shot to fame in In­dia with Lunch­box (star­ring Ir­rfan Khan), this isn’t new. She her­self be­came an overnight sen­sa­tion with a break­through role in sea­son four of the hit Amer­i­can TV show, Home­land. This was fol­lowed by her work in an­other Amer­i­can series, Way­ward Pines.

She’s yet to sign a fea­ture film in Hol­ly­wood, but not be­cause there aren’t any of­fers. “There are things on the ta­ble; all I need to do is pick my roles,” she says.

Nim­rat points out that over the years, “we’ve had ac­tors like Om Puri, Saeed Jaf­frey who worked in the West in the early ’90s. We’re only car­ry­ing on a legacy.”

As for racial bias, Nim­rat says, “I’ve been ex­tremely lucky to have never faced racial discrimination in the West. I know it does ex­ist, but I haven’t faced [it] on the ba­sis of eth­nic­ity or colour,” says the ac­tor, whose sec­ond big Bol­ly­wood film was last year’s re­lease Air­lift.

Though films will be her main­stay, Nim­rat has just fin­ished her next project, a web series on the first woman to be trained for a com­bat role in the armed forces. While grow­ing up, join­ing the In­dian Army was her dream, since her father was an Army of­fi­cer. “Work­ing on the [web] show,” she says, “has been a most phys­i­cally tax­ing, yet highly re­ward­ing, process.” ■ sneha.ma­hade­van@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AC­TOR I was en­am­oured of the Army life. When I grew up, I re­alised that be­hind that uni­form and fancy life, there was a lot of hard work

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