Homeland, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi & the Stereotypical Chocolatey Indian Boy

While watching Season 4 of Homeland on Star World, I noticed the Indian/Pakistani guy on Homeland (Suraj Sharma) looks remarkably similar to the Slumdog Millionaire guy – Dev Patel (not feature-wise, but in the overall innocently-placating eyes, the perfect chocolate-brown skin tone, the stereotypical accent):

And to this guy:

(yes, only later did I realise that Homeland and Life of Pi have the same actor – Suraj Sharma!)

To be honest, I’m not a fan of the way Hollywood stereotypes the South Asian ‘boy’ actor. What do you guys think? Movie links below for those who want to watch:

And to end on a more positive note, the book that I LOVED out of all these: Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I read it whenever it came out 10 years ago or so, and was completely mesmerized. Haven’t really seen the film (only bits and pieces), but the book — wow!

Just checked: Life of Pi won the Booker in 2002! Twelve years ago! I was 16 and I adored it! Available here: Life of Pi: Booker Prize Winner 2002

 

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