Brie Larson has been accused of perpetuating stereotypes after sparking a race row online over her new film Basmati Blues.
Larson, 28, plays an American scientist who heads to India to sell genetically modified rice, only to later discover it will destroy the farmers she set out to help.
But the trailer has now come under fire, with some accusing film bosses of stereotyping Indian culture by having a white person “save” an Indian village.
The clip was branded “embarrassing” while others blasted it “white nonsense” and questioned why an Oscar-winning actress would take on the role.
One user tweeted: “So f****** done with Hollywood films of white people coming to save our souls & rice & lands! Blood Diamond formulaic b*******! Disgusted by @brielarson's choice, what a sellout! F*** the white saviour narrative in films...nothing is further from the truth! (sic).”
Another wrote: “I cannot believe Brie Larson is gonna be in a movie called... wait for it... Basmati Blues, where she plays a white savior helping out the local Indian population. Smh.”
Sweet mother of god... that Brie Larson trailer is every Indian cliche in two minutes. White saviour, people riding on train tops and spicy food. STOP THIS MADNESS. https://t.co/BmIv1w0LDA— Monisha Rajesh (@monisha_rajesh) November 14, 2017
Dude. What is Hollywood doing? First this Brie Larson India movie and now Pikachu talks? Get outta here with that— Avi Saini (@AvikarSaini) November 13, 2017
Did Brie Larson do Basmati Blues when she was short of cash? Only thing that makes sense.— Harry Harris (@CmonHarris) November 14, 2017
How has someone like @BrieLarson made a movie like Basmati Blues? Where is the self-awareness?— ]]>🎃🎃