Actress Priyanka Chopra made a video call with veteran actor Kabir Bedi on Monday to launch her upcoming memoir, Stories Must Tell. During the conversation, he talked about how hard it was for him to make headway in Hollywood.
Speaking about finding roles as an Indian in Hollywood, Kabir said that he would have to search for anything that seemed foreign to American audiences. In those days Hollywood was not writing roles only for Indians, or Asians. So how would you get a role if it was written for it, when he had a role for an Asian, he had no hesitation in painting. Brown, a white actor. The way I got the roles was telling my agent to forget the Indian bit. Anything I see in Hollywood that is foreign, he said in the video by Bollywood Hungama, saying how he played an Indian, a Morocco and other foreign characters. He said, in those days, one Ben Kingsley had to change his name from Krishna Bhanji to Ben Kingsley and he had to play the roles. Today, Priyanka Chopra does not have to change her name for her success in America.
Priyanka said, but let me tell you. It is a few decades later when I decided to go to America and work. I did not have to change my name, but I had to teach people how to say their names. Everyone will be like Priyanka’s ‘Shapra-Shapra’. I said that it is not Shapra. If you can say Oprah, you can say Chopra. This is not that difficult.
He said, what I had to do was such a funny thing that you are saying that what you had to do at that time was whether I had to be somewhat ethnically ambiguous to be able to get roles in the mainstream. In Quantico. , I played a half-Indian, half-American. All my major works when I initially joined Hollywood, I could not get out there being an Indian, because it was very different to Hollywood. I think not, for a very important one. At the time, he considered having an Indian man in the lead role. So even now, it was very difficult.
Kabir was seen in Hollywood films like Octopussy and Ashanti. Priyanka made her Hollywood debut in the action series Quantico and later appeared in films such as Baywatch, A Kid Like Jake and more recently The White Tiger and We Can Be Heroes. Her kitty has several projects – a film about Indian women with Mindy Kaling, the fourth part of the Matrix franchise, Sitold with Russo Brothers and Romcom Text for You.