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Deepika Padukone Calls Out Hollywood On Diverse Casting, Says “They’re Getting It Quite Wrong”

Deepika Padukone says diversity in Hollywood is still at the surface level, “80% Of people are looking at it as a box to be ticked."

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone recently left Mumbai for Cannes 2022 towards the French Riviera for jury duty at Cannes 2022. Deepika Padukone spoke about diversity in Hollywood.

In an interview with Vogue India, Deepika spoke about Hollywood, “Right now, the conversation around diversity in Hollywood is surface-level. The minute you have a Black or Asian actor, it’s considered ‘diverse casting’. But we have a long way to go before we start seeing substantial change. I feel like 80 percent of the people in charge are still looking at inclusive casting as a box to be ticked. No doubt, there are some who are genuinely interested in turning the tide, but they are getting it quite wrong. It’s a learning process and I hope it’s an earnest one”.

The actress recently said,” We weren’t constantly reminded of the fact that we were girls, and so we had to go into the world thinking differently and fighting for what we deserved,” she said. Padukone added that coming from a sports background meant that she didn’t have the natural inroad to Bollywood and that her South Indian accent “was frowned upon”, hence she worried that she would be written off initially.

The Cannes, which will be held between May 16 to May 28, announced the jury a few weeks ago. The jury includes Vincent Lindon as a President, and competition members include Deepika Padukone, Asghar Farhadi, Noomi Rapace, Rebecca Hall, Trinca, Ladj Ly, Jeff  Nichols, and Joachim Trier.

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