‘Pink’ actress Andrea Tariang is an RnB and Soul singer from Shillong

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Andrea who can’t speak Hindi playing for her band ‘Lavender Groove’ in Shillong.

The decision to include Shillong-based musician Andrea Tariang among the lead cast in  “Pink” is a deliberate coup.

That is a move by producer Shoojit Sircar, to make the others turn their attention to the discrimination faced by people from northeast India fr0m other parts of the country.

He said without a character from the region, the cast of the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer would have been incomplete.

Sircar, who co-produced the film with Ronnie Lahiri, said: “Ronnie is from Shillong. I grew up in Delhi for most of my life and have a lot of friends from northeast India and I knew how men or women from northeast are looked upon. When we wanted to do the film about three working women, Ronnie and I suggested to the director that without a northeastern character the cast would not be complete. We felt that’s a big statement we had to make, for sure, and ‘Pink’ was the best platform we got.”

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Andrea said: “I did not grow up watching Bollywood films because I don’t understand Hindi that well. The only Bollywood movie I watched recently was Piku. That was before we shot for the film (Pink),” she said in earlier in an interview.

Post, Pink, Andrea is keen to do more Bollywood films, “…that is if I can improve my Hindi first” but is also eager to sing for a film as she is unsure of how the music her band composes can fit in the Bollywood context.

Andrea is into a lot of music, especially contemporary RnB and Soul. She used to play in a band called Lavender Groove but since she moved to Bombay, she’s been doing a few duo hugs with Karan Joseph, a very talented keyboardist based out of Bombay.

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Andrea plays one of three young women who face assault charges after being molested by a group of men in the Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury directed “Pink”.

Taapsee Pannu and Kirti Kulhari portray the other two women.

“Andrea is a musician from Shillong and she has done a brilliant job,” Sircar added. – CINEWS

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