Were we wrong about Basmati Blues? Image: Twitter
The most racially insensitive thing on the Internet of late — the Basmati Blues trailer — apparently doesn't represent the movie in its entirety. The trailer of the Brie Larson-starrer came out last week, and offended many, owing to its ridiculous stereotypes and its 'white saviour' complex. But makers have now come out to state that they regret the international version of the trailer, which had goats tugging at suitcases and feet-washing (yeah, for real). Producer Monique Caulfield and director Danny Baron feel that the trailer does not depict what the movie is all about.
“This movie is not about an American going abroad to solve India’s problems. Unfortunately, the international trailer has given the wrong impression of the film’s message and heart," read a joint statement by the makers via The Playlist. "We deeply regret any offence caused by the Basmati Blues trailer. We have heard a number of voices that have understandably reacted to a trailer that is not representative of the film as a whole,” added the statement.
I just saw the trailer of Basmati Blues. pic.twitter.com/Fqtsc4h25G— Pri (@siriuslyveiled) November 9, 2017
Basmati Blues features Academy Award-winner Brie as a scientist who goes to India to sell a genetically-engineered rice, as part of an American corporation. She later finds out that the rice is messed up, and ends up saving the farming village from exploitation. Tweeple obviously couldn't help but point out the colonial complex that the movie encashes on.
WHAT THE FUCK IS BASMATI BLUES IS IT 2001— sree (@IemonchoIy) November 9, 2017
Basmati Blues.— AB Film Review (@ABFilmReview) November 9, 2017
Come on Brie.
You can't not clap Affleck and then turn around and do THAT.
There is a sequence where Brie literally rides a horse to stop a train full of rice sacks, and leads a group of villagers for a victory lap. The trailer of the film has been hailed as terriby racist and stupid, especially at this point of time when cultural misappropriation is such a significant issue.
But the makers claim the film is an ode to Indian culture. "Basmati Blues is a love letter to multiple eras of Bollywood cinema, musicals, and classic Hollywood romantic comedies. We are confident that the film, when seen in its entirety, will bear out our appreciation and respect for India and its people," read the statement.