"I want to have girls that look like me"
International actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas has opened up about the lack of “brown people” in Hollywood.
The actress is back with her latest release, Evil Eye (2020). However, this time Priyanka has remained behind the camera.
Evil Eye has been produced under her banner, Purple Pebble Pictures and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions.
Speaking to ETonline about the film, Priyanka shared the importance of her new release calling it “a big deal” because of various aspects.
One of which is the “two really strong female parts.” The roles have been played by “brown” actors, Sariya Choudhury and Sunita Mani.
Another aspect which Priyanka adores is the loving relationship between a mother and daughter which is depicted in the film.
Talking about her relationship with her mother and work partner, Madhu Chopra, Priyanka said:
“I have a very, very tight relationship with my mother, and I love that mother-daughter relationship.”
Priyanka Chopra continued to explain why she wants to create opportunities for people like her. She said:
“My quest in life, as a producer, is to influx Hollywood with brown people because we don’t see enough of us.
“And to be able to do an all South Asian cast in a movie with Amazon and Blumhouse – who are both powerhouses – was a dream come true for me.”
“I want to demand leading parts for people who are like me. I want to have girls that look like me … start to be on the poster of a movie.
“It’s my greatest joy and honour to be able to create opportunities where I didn’t have them.”
Based on the best-selling Audible Original production from writer Madhuri Shekar, Evil Eye was directed by Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani.
The story initially follows a seemingly ideal romance. However, things take a turn when a mother becomes convinced her daughter’s new partner has a menacing connection to her past life.
As well as the leads Sarita and Sunita, Evil Eye stars Omar Maskati and Bernard White.
Despite Priyanka’s efforts, some of the reviews have not been favourable. The Hindustan Times review read:
“It’s an interesting idea but hardly milked to its full potential. As it stands, Evil Eye needed to be at least 30% worse or 30% better, to truly be described as a ‘good movie.’
“The scariest thing about it is watching non-Desis speak ‘Hindi’.”
Evil Eye was released on Amazon Prime Video this month.