Lin Laishram, model-actor from Manipur, calls out the discrimination during the casting process of film Mary Kom in the 2014. Lin Laishram and Priyanka Chopra Jonas collaborated in 2014 for the film Mary Kom.
Lin thought that although Priyanka Chopra Jonas had worked hard for the movie Mary Kom, a girl from the Northeast East or Manipur ‘could have been surely cast to represent us’.
Lin said speaking to 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.”
“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?” Lin noted while talking about inclusivity in the industry.
“It happened in my building in Mumbai. I was in the compound and a middle-aged man walked passed me and called me coronavirus and kept chanting it till I left. I found it very strange because it was around February and by then we weren’t so aware of the situation. I went home, read up and saw what was happening in China Town in the US and it was then that it hit me. It was so unfortunate,” she had said while in conversation with Hindustan Times about racism.