Manipuri actress Lin Laishram questions Priyanka Chopra’s casting in Mary Kom; lauds The Family Man 2 for ‘great inclusivity’
Model-actress Lin Laishram recently opened up about the lack of representation of North-eastern culture in Bollywood. Lin has featured in films like Om Shanti Om, Mary Kom, Axone, and Rangoon. The model-actress also said that though she admires the efforts Priyanka Chopra put in while playing the titular role in Mary Kom, but she feels that an actor North East should have been cast for that role instead.
In cinema, the representation of people from all walks of life matters a lot. Speaking about the representation of Northeast and inclusivity, Lin told Free Press Journal, “I admire Priyanka for her hard work, she really put in a lot of hours in order to look like Mary Kom but I always felt that casting is an important step in film. I believe in authenticity and inclusivity, so a girl from Manipur or the North East could have been surely cast to represent us…When it comes to playing an achiever from the Northeast a non-North Eastern person is chosen as seen in Mary Kom. On the other hand, why not cast people from Northeast also as normal Indians in all walks of life which we are.”
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Citing an example of The Family Man 2 for great inclusivity in recent times, Lin went on add people are appreciating the representation of the south Indian culture in the Manoj Bajpayee starrer. “The latest example of great inclusivity is The Family Man 2. In the show, people are cast from Tamil Nadu and speak Tamil, representing their local culture and ethnicity, and it has been so widely accepted and appreciated. So, if south Indian culture can be accepted then why not North Eastern?”
Well, Lin does makes a valid point here. Don’t you guys agree? On the work front, Lin was last seen in Axone and on the personal front, she is reportedly dating Randeep Hooda.