Deepika Padukone talks about conversations on diversity in Hollywood; says, ” It’s surface-level”

Deepika Padukone criticizes Hollywood’s attempt at diversity as ‘surface-level’: Long way to go before the substantial change.

Deepika Padukone came into Hollywood after conquering the Hindi cinema, signing a huge franchise and making her Hollywood debut with xXx: Return of Xander Cage in 2017. The actress announced her second project in August 2021. Deepika will feature in a romantic comedy for STXfilms and Temple Hill, which she will also produce under her Ka Productions label, according to Deadline. The movie is described as, “a sweeping cross-cultural story centered on Deepika.”

Deepika was recently questioned in an interview with Faye D’souza for Vogue India about what stories she hopes to bring to worldwide screens that will promote diversity. In response, the Padmaavat actress stated that Hollywood’s current diversity effort is “surface-level.”

She said, “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 per cent of the people in charge are still looking at inclusive casting as a box to be ticked. No doubt, there are some who 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.”

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