Freida Pinto believes there was a time when the world ridiculed Indians for speaking so many languages ââand celebrating so many festivals. The actress says the world needs to imbibe the ethics of Indian culture in this “dark time.” The actress is excited about her new animated show Mira, Royal Detective, woven into Indian culture and traditions. She thinks people will be amazed at the myriad colors and diversity of India. âI think the first thing is the world is going to be absolutely captivated that there are so many languages ââand festivals that we are celebrating,â Freida told IANS in an interview.
âIn the past we have been ridiculed for speaking so many languages ââand celebrating so many festivals. Now they are going to see the beauty of these and then realize what they are missing. They will want to celebrate a few. . here in America and I think they rightly should, like celebrating Christmas, Easter or any other festival, âshe added.
The US-based Indian actress, who rose to fame with Oscar-winning âSlumdog Millionaire,â continued, âI hope they celebrate Eid, Holi and Diwali and understand the meaning of these festivals. All of these festivals are related to Mother Nature but also good and evil, the same way all other religious holidays are related. So I think it will also be great learning and strengthening of perception.
âAlso, in terms of how much Indian culture and tradition is woven around family, friendship and togetherness. I think the world really needs it right now. We need it right now. dark times, âshe added.
Freida has carved out a place for herself in world cinema through her roles in films like “Miral”, “Day Of The Falcon”, “Immortals”, “Desert Dancer” and “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes”. Freida was also seen with Christian Bale in Terrence Malick’s “Knight Of Cups” film, which brought Hollywood to life. His resume also includes projects “Guerrilla”, “Yamasong: March of the Hollows”, “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” and “Love Sonia”.
The actress believes that the lack of awareness of Indian culture has led to stereotypes. “There’s this beautiful thing about Indian culture, is that it’s very welcoming, but because of the lack of cultural awareness over the years, it’s been reduced to stereotypes. And this show (” Mira, Royal Detective “) breaks it all down. No one speaks with a special accent; we all keep our own, just to make it universally understood. This will allow people to see and hear and not make them look silly by watching a show like this, âshe said.
Set in the fictional land of Jalpur, “Mira, Royal Detective” follows the life of Mira, a commoner who is appointed Royal Detective by the Queen. Freida voiced the character of Queen Shanti who appoints a kind, empathetic, intelligent and confident little girl named Mira to be the royal detective of her kingdom.
âPlaying Queen Shanti in ‘Mira, Royal Detective’ is extremely special because first of all, I never grew up watching a show like this. Etc just means that we get to normalize South Asian culture and Indian. We get other people to watch this and be a part of it as well. It’s like we’re all invited to this big party at ‘Mira, Royal Detective’, “she said.
The series features a star cast of prominent South Asian actors including Jameela Jamil, Kal Penn, Freida, Hannah Simone, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aasif Mandvi and Aparna Nancherla, among others. It will also feature 16-year-old newcomer Leela Ladnier as the voice of Mira. The show will air in the United States on March 20 on Disney Channel. It will air on Disney Channel India on March 22.
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