Back to that young woman striking a pose. Turns out that she is not from India. But, yes, she is an actor there. Her name is Amy Jackson.
Amy is Caucasian, but her long dark hair has allowed her to pass for a localSo, where is Jackson from? From Liverpool. As in the UK. Yes, that Liverpool.
She had already been crowned Teen Miss World at the age of 16 - but playing Indian characters in Indian films, requiring her to speak Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, is still not what this all-English beauty queen expected to happen next.She came to play the role of an Englishman's daughter. And then ...
The opportunity arose when director AL Vijay saw her photo and asked Jackson to play an English governor's daughter in his Tamil film Madrasapattinam, set against the backdrop of Indian independence in 1947.
Diving head first into Indian life, Amy has moved to Mumbai, the home of Bollywood.So, does it mean that Jackson plays an Englishwoman character in every movie? Not so. For instance:
The Indian industry is split along regional and linguistic lines. As well as making her Bollywood debut, Jackson has also made or is making pictures in Kollywood (Tamil language, based in Chennai in the south-east) and Tollywood (Telugu language, based in the central city of Hyderabad).
Thaandavam, a Tamil action film in which she plays an Indian woman living in London, comes out in India on Friday and she is currently filming lead roles in two more movies.You think this would have ever worked out if Jackson were a Teen Miss World of dark-skinned African heritage?
India is one crazy place where the "fair skin" mania seems to gain more and more momentum with every passing day.
And then there are other reasons as well; like this:
While nationalist parties are outraged over white actresses and junior artists being cast in films over local ones, Jag Mundra (who incidentally made the critically acclaimed Provoked! Yikes!) was quoted saying, “The reason producers pick white girls is because a lot of them have better figures and are willing to expose them...If you need a bikini shot, not many Indian girls are willing to turn up in a string bikini. But most white girls will not have an issue with that. Titillation has been an important part of Bollywood."Re-read that.
"Oh well" is all I can say anymore about the old country. Because, "disgusting" would be offensive to the people there. Oops, I wrote "disgusting." Twice. ;)