‘Pink’ cast was incomplete without northeast Indian character: Sircar

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Kolkata, Sep 22 (IANS) The decision to include Shillong-based musician Andrea Tariang among the lead cast in the film “Pink” was a deliberate one, says filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, who wanted to make a statement against the discrimination faced by people from northeast India in 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 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.

–IANS

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