Hol­ly­wood call­ing

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The ar­ti­cle on Deepika Padukone’s fledg­ling Hol­ly­wood ca­reer hit the nail on the head ( Queen Dee flies West, Mar 11). As much as I want to hope Deepika does as well as Priyanka Cho­pra, the dif­fer­ences in PR ma­chin­ery on both sides is quite ob­vi­ous. Priyanka’s team makes sure her ev­ery move is known, mak­ing her the talk of the town, whereas Deepika’s is more timid. Priyanka is ev­ery­where, thanks to her show, Quan­tico, ap­pear­ances on pop­u­lar talk shows like Jimmy Kim­mel and Jimmy Fallon, and even an ap­pear­ance at the Academy Awards. Deepika has done well for her­self so far, ce­ment­ing her po­si­tion in Bol­ly­wood with a string of hits and earn­ing her­self a spot with re­spected stars in her new Hol­ly­wood movie. Time will tell where she goes from here.

On a side note, it sure is a mat­ter of pride to see so many of our stars join the Hol­ly­wood band­wagon, and to be em­braced so well into the fold. It makes the art of cinema a truly global one. As the inim­itable Ale­jan­dro Iñár­ritu so aptly puts it, “Cinema is univer­sal; be­yond flags, and bor­ders and pass­ports.”

Valiny Ro­drigues, by email

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