Deepika Padukone Calls Out Hollywood’s Shallow Attempts At Diverse Casting, “They’re Getting It Quite Wrong”

Deepika Padukone spoke about diversity in Hollywood. She said that the conversation is at a ‘surface-level’. She made her Hollywood debut with xXx: Return of Xander Cage in 2017.

Actor Deepika Padukone has opened up about the diversity of actors in Hollywood stating that the conversation on the topic is at ‘surface-level’. In a new interview, the actor responded to a question on how she plans to put diversity at the center of her projects in Hollywood. Deepika made her Hollywood debut with xXx: Return of Xander Cage in 2017. Last August, she announced her new project.

Directed by DJ Caruso, xXx: Return of Xander Cage is an action thriller film. It is written by F Scott Frazier. The film also stars Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Ariadna Gutierrez, Hermione Corfield, and Samuel L Jackson.

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, some 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.

In February this year, Deepika was asked about her Hollywood project. Speaking with Bollywood Hungama, the actor had said, “Too nascent stage to being talking about that at this point.” The actor announced the project, four-and-a-half years after she starred in Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Deepika signed a cross-cultural romantic comedy, developed by Eros STX Global Corporations’ division STXfilms.

Deepika will not only feature in the project but her banner Ka Productions will also co-produce it. In a statement, Deepika had said, “Ka Productions was founded to develop and produce purposeful content with global appeal. I’m thrilled to be partnering with STXfilms and Temple Hill Productions, who share Ka’s ambition and creative vision and look forward to bringing impactful and dynamic cross-cultural stories to the world.”

Meanwhile, Deepika was last seen in Shakun Batra’s Gehraiyaan. The film also stars Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa, Rajat Kapoor, and Naseeruddin Shah.

Fans will see Deepika in Pathaan next along with Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham. She also has Nag Ashwin’s Project K, alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhas, and Disha Patani in the pipeline. The actor will be seen in Fighter with Hrithik Roshan and Anil Kapoor.

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