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‘You speak English really well,’ an actor told Deepika Padukone about the racial stereotypes in Hollywood

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Hindustan Times

In her recent interview with Business of Fashion, Deepika Padukone shed light on how Western society regards those not in their fold and revealed her deeply troubling meeting with a well-known Hollywood actor.
Deepika Padukone has become the only Indian celebrity representing the country of India at the Paris Fashion Week. It would appear that she’s begun to associate with Hollywood stars such as Ana de Armas and Alicia Vikander. Speaking at an event, Deepika boldly took the stage to call out the racist stereotypes in Hollywood and Western media’s tendency to vilify those outside their community.

While speaking with the magazine, Deepika revealed that it used to upset her when she went to the US and dealt with some of the things said and done. Following her big Hollywood debut opposite Vin Diesel in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, she revealed why she hasn’t done more global movies.

Without naming the actor, Deepika recalled the only encounter she’s ever had with this particular Hollywood star. She says, I know this actor. I met him at this one Vanity Fair party and he said ‘Hey, by the way, you speak English really well.’ I didn’t even realize what that meant and when I came back, I said, ‘What do you mean you speak English really well?’ Did he have this notion that we don’t speak English? she said in an interview with Business of Fashion.

In her latest Instagram post, Deepika was quoted as saying, “There was a time when you could come [to India] and just sell whatever you wanted, and we’d buy it or believe in your ideas. But today we have an identity of our own, and we’re extremely proud of all of our home-grown brands. It’s not one India. It’s many Indias. And as Indians, we’re also extremely proud of our history, of our culture and of our heritage. The Indian consumer today cannot be taken for granted.”

Deepika next appears in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Pathaan with her Desi Boyz co-star John Abraham. She also has Fighter with Hrithik Roshan and the Nag Ashwin film Project K with Prabhas and Amitabh Bachchan.

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