Colour blindness and race inclusiveness are major draws at the global boxoffice. If we go by the record-breaking success of Black Panther. On the other hand Tomb Raider with a female hero in the lead proved a boxoffice disappointment.
This week’s big Hollywood franchise film Pacific Rim Uprising has a Black hero John Boyega in the lead. I am not saying that is a USP. But colour blindness has become a kind of inverted racism in American cinema.And a recent film Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time which converted many of the white characters from the original novel into black, proved to what deleterious limits this colour inclusiveness can be pushed in cinema today.
Speaking of the exuberant exclusiveness that grips Hollywood cinema, Pacific Rim Uprising also has an Indian hero, Suresh(pronounced, ‘Sew-rash’) played by the 19-year old American actor of Punjabi Indian origin Karan Brar who is very excited by the fact that racial inclusiveness makes it possible for audiences all over the world to identify with the characters.
Do you see ticket sales going up in India because of ‘Sew-rash’ in Pacific Rim Uprising?