Why Does Hollywood Have A Fetish For India?
British supermodel Naomi Campbell arrives at Jodhpur Airport on November 4, 2012. The supermodel is in the country for the 50th birthday celebrations of her billionaire boyfriend Vladimir Doronin, whose birthday falls on November 7 and who is planning to stage an elephant polo match during the four-day program. (SOLARIS IMAGES)
International celebrities from all across the globe decidedly seem to have an obsession with all things India.
Calling it a ‘mystical land’ which they must ‘experience’… international superstars, supermodels, and all the bigwigs from Hollywood make it a point to ‘brave the adventure’ of visiting this tropical, mysterious country in the far east.
Whenever India is portrayed, it’s always about street beggars, crowded roads, elephants, havelis or palaces, snake charmers and cows roaming the streets. For the large majority of Indians living in the towns and cities this view comes across as myopic and stereotyped.
A while ago, Oprah Winfrey who wanted to ‘capture a slice of Indian life’ had visited the country. Her special program on India offended a huge number of the population who called her show ‘unaware’, ‘ignorant’ and even ‘snobbish’ and ‘snooty’.
A nation that prides itself on its cuisine and hospitality was taken aback when all Oprah saw was the Indian style of eating. She said, “I heard some Indian people eat with their hands still?