Academy Award winner Brie Larson’s upcoming film Basmati Blues’ trailer saw the light of the day on November 9. While the title of the film is itself an indication to what the film features, several Netizens were left confused after watching the trailer. Wondering why? Well, one of the questions that crossed the minds of Internet users was — have we gone back to the 1990s? Larson’s character Linda comes to India for an “exciting journey” but gets shocked to see crowded roads, auto-rickshaws and gulps down a jar of water after eating the ‘spicy Indian food’. Isn’t that cringe-worthy enough? Twitter users slammed the film-makers for generalising the entirety of the Indian culture.
“This is 2017 and you still don’t understand the East. Can you stop creating such generalising bulls**t?” “I really admire and respect @brielarson , but dont go “India is an exciting journey” on us yaa,” “Oh great it’s cringey white-people-in-India-saving-the-brown-savages season again,” “love brie larson but why is she doing a film called basmati blues is it the 90s again did my time machine work is Robin Williams still alive,” are some of the responses to the trailer doing the rounds of the Internet right now.
Check out some tweets here.
FFS Hollywood, this is 2017 and you still don’t understand the East. Can you stop creating such generalising BS?https://t.co/25sfWqGhHU
— Samyak Sibasish (@SamyakSibasish) November 9, 2017
— Niyati Burde (@niyatiburde) November 9, 2017
— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) November 8, 2017
Oh great it’s cringey white-people-in-India-saving-the-brown-savages season again. https://t.co/1ksFG6RYkm
— Harnidh Kaur (@PedestrianPoet) November 8, 2017
What a cringeworthy trailer! https://t.co/cKrr7ZEavB
— Agnivo Niyogi (@Aagan86) November 9, 2017
OH GREAT. Another white saviour type. Excellent job, movies.https://t.co/di1yShFGZl
— Ambika Muttoo (@MissMuttoo) November 9, 2017
i hate this so much https://t.co/Vxrp3THOtr
— lil spooky vert (@yaliterallysame) November 9, 2017
Omg thank god for Linda and her amazing knowledge about rice wow https://t.co/hXynh1K2s0
— Taanvi (@Taanvi_R) November 9, 2017
love brie larson but why is she doing a film called basmati blues is it the 90s again did my time machine work is Robin Williams still alive
— AD:hiraj (@UudBilawManus) November 7, 2017
In case you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here’s the video.
Directed by Dan Baron, the film also stars Scott Bakula and Utkarsh Ambudkar along with the ‘Room’ actor in the film. According to Indiewire.com, she signed the film in 2013 but it seems Twitter users are far from forgetting or forgiving Larson for the movie anytime soon.