The actor claims that she rejected Hollywood proposals that portrayed Indians in a negative manner, and she also discusses Indian performers participating in worldwide films in blink-and-you-miss-it parts.
Nitu Chandra made her Hollywood debut in the film Never Back Down: Revolt earlier this year. As one of the film’s female leads, she appeared in high-octane fighting sequences. While being managed by actor Irrfan Khan’s crew in Los Angeles, she has landed two additional Hollywood films. She also insists on portraying Indians in roles that aren’t skewed in their image. “I’ve turned down two films where Indians aren’t portrayed in a positive light,” she says. I don’t want to do something that will tarnish our name. I want three billion Indians to be proud of me all around the world.”
In recent years, Indian actors who have participated in Hollywood films have been criticised for their brief cameos. Chandra explains, “There have been films when they’ve done a two-minute or five-minute role.” They were, however, widely publicised and hyped, with huge promises made to the audience. And, being sensitive individuals, we Indians were unsatisfied after witnessing those films.”
“I’ve been listening to interviews where Indian actors say they’re thrilled to be a small part of a project, but I felt quite gratified to be one of the main leads in a commercial Hollywood film,” says the 37-year-old actor. Chandra has bought a home in Los Angeles and hopes to buy another in London, United Kingdom, so she may concentrate on her work in the West. “I want to be able to work in any nation and in any language.” “I also did a Greek film with a lot of action (Block 12; 2016),” she says, adding, “I frequently thought why not go out and take opportunities all around the world?” As women, we have tremendous power, and I think we can accomplish everything we set our minds to.”