Priyanka Chopra and Ramin Bahrani worked together on The White Tiger together, and the duo is still basking in the glory of its success. The film has received many accolades in the past few month and is now looking forward to the other nominations like the Academy Awards. The director, who is nominated for an Oscar, recently opened up about how he had to face a verbal racial attack in Atlanta during a QnA session a few days back.
Nahrani was speaking to the camera with producer Ava Duvernay when a man in the streets passed a racist comment at him. Narrating the incident to People, the director said, “I was in Atlanta on location in a residential neighbourhood directing a TV pilot for Apple. We had worked late that day, so I had to do my Zoom interview with Ava on my phone while we were still in the street.”
He continued, “During the interview, I noticed a car parked behind me. When the driver saw me and my colleague (who is South Asian) he said, ‘You all think you run the world. You all don’t run s—.’ His friend told him to calm down and leave it alone. As the driver pulled away, he shouted, ‘Go back to your own country!'”
Chopra got to know about the incident and stepped forward to support The White Tiger director. She said, “Asking me about my thoughts on what happened to Ramin is a sign of where we stand today, and the work we have to continue to do. So my question in response is – who belongs here, and who doesn’t? Isn’t America a melting pot of all people from all backgrounds? This country was built on the back of immigrants in search of the American dream, a life of freedom, opportunity, and a safe place not only for themselves but for their families.”
Bahrani has been nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for The White Tiger at the 93rd Academy Awards.