Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Scary, Small Indian Sidekicks

Saw Narnia yesterday. More later on that, but first I can't get over the choice to cast actor Kiran Shah as the white witch's dwarf sidekick. The heavy Indian accent, the fawning at a British Queen's feet, the sword shaped like a Kirpan at the neck of a white child, the cheers of the audience as Susan's arrow fells him (which is not in the book, by the way) ... I'm still processing Deep Roy's role as all of the oompah-loompahs in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: What's with the inclusion of diminutive Indian people as creepy child-molesting-ish characters in recent Hollywood fantasy blockbusters? On the record: it makes me uncomfortable. Maybe I should be glad that Indian actors are getting any roles at all?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

More about Kiran Shah: http://www.sepiamutiny.com/sepia/archives/002661.html