The star of critically acclaimed movie The Lunchbox, Nimrat Kaur has joined the starcast of hit American drama Wayward Pines and she says she was happy to notice that her ethnicity had nothing do with her casting or character.
The first season of the show revolved around a secret agent’s investigation into the disappearance of two former agents in a small Idaho town, called Wayward Pines.
Nimrat, who had a successful stint on another hit American show Homeland, will play the role of Rebecca and she said it is a great time to be an actor.
“It’s really wonderful to play this part as an Indian. It’s not an ethnic casting. It’s colour blind casting. It’s really good that they are not bothered about where Rebecca comes from or what her roots are,” Nimrat told PTI.
“Obviously, I am going to appear Indian but there’s no explaining done about where she comes from or who she is from that perspective. I feel this is a glorious time for actors to be working across the world. I feel fortunate to be a part of the show and I am looking forward to how this season fares,” the actress said while discussing her role on the Fox show.
Nimrat, 34, believes such casting will eventually become a norm in the industry.
“It’s happening more and more now. I watched a play called Hamilton some months ago. There were siblings who came from different cultural background. I could not understand it for a while but then I realised that the message was that you have to be blind to colour and ethnicity. People are moving in that direction.”
Based on the book series by author Blake Crouch, the story of the show, which will start airing on Star World Premiere HD from today at 10 PM, picks up from where the first season ended.
The focus this time is on the town’s new resident Dr Theo. Nimrat will play his architect wife Rebecca.
The offer for the show came to Nimrat when she was busy with her sister’s marriage. The actress said she liked the way the first episode read and immediately said yes.
“I took an instant liking to the way the first episode read. I had an idea about the show but it was a genre that I had never attempted before.”
American television space is dominated by some of the best creative minds and this is why writing plays a huge part in making one’s show stand out.
“It depends a lot on the writing. It is so much about the writers that they are also the producers of the shows. The popularity of your show depends a lot on how astute the writing is. There is so much happening that you have to keep your audience invested in your characters and story.”
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