'Chakda Xpress' Teaser Garners Criticism Over Anushka Sharma's Brownface In Jhulan Goswami Biopic

On Thursday, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma announced that she is making a comeback to acting after three years. Her next project is a sports biopic film. Titled Chakda Xpress, the film that is produced by Clean Slate Filmz is set to arrive on Netflix. The plot will revolve around the life and career of former cricket captain Jhulan Goswami, a decorated sportsperson in India. The announcement was met with a lot of excitement but fans couldn’t help but notice the casting misfire. They’re now questioning the decision of getting a light-skinned actress with brownface makeup to play a dusky-skinned Bengali woman.

In the teaser video of Chakda Xpress, Sharma appears significantly darker than she is. Donning a cricket jersey, she says a couple of lines in Bengali. In her announcement, the actress also shared the inspiration behind the biopic film and the significance of telling Jhulan Goswami’s story. And while the concept of the film is great by itself, fans aren’t impressed with the star’s look and accent.

Netizens immediately stated the obvious.

SEE ALSO: Anushka Sharma Set To Star In Netflix’s ‘Chakda Xpress’ As Cricket Captain Jhulan Goswami; Teaser Out

Given that Chakda Xpress is already in production, its unlikely that the makers will take note of the erroneous casting, although they should. This isn’t the first time an actress attempted brownface makeup to resemble Goswami, Aahana Kumra has shared a tribute on social media in which she appeared significantly darker. You can blame that on Bollywood normalising brownface over the decades. Here’s what went down and why we should learn from such incidents:

Aahana Kumra Gets Called Out For Offensive Brownface Makeup In Her Tribute To Cricketer Jhulan Goswami

Cover image: Netflix, Twitter


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