Shabana Azmi Applauds Steven Spielberg’s ‘Halo’ for Colorblind Casting
- The veteran Indian actress plays the pivotal role of Admiral Margaret Parangosky, but wasn't to change her accent, the color of her eyes, or hair color.
Veteran Indian actress Shabana Azmi has been seen in several Hollywood films. But in all her Western roles, Azmi has played characters of South Asian origin. However, her role in the upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced series “Halo” is groundbreaking. She plays the pivotal role of Admiral Margaret Parangosky, which has nothing to do with her ethnicity.
The series is based on Microsoft’s iconic video game a sprawling science-fiction epic that involves multiple warring factions and far-flung alien species. Pablo Schreiber plays the central character Master Chief.
Describing her experiences on the show as “completely different,” Azmi told Variety that the makers have achieved a colorblind casting. “I realize that they have really got color-blind casting because in spite of the fact that I play Margaret Parangosky, I have not been asked to change my accent, the color of my eyes is exactly the same, they did not color my hair,” she told Variety.
Speaking about her character, Azmi told the portal that “the interesting thing about Margaret is that she’s conflicted because she is somebody who plays by the rules of the game. She is somebody who is used to giving orders and having those orders obeyed/ And here she’s all but manipulated by the scientists to break the rules because she keeps [hearing] that this will be good for humanity and she does unscrupulous things.”
Azmi said, “it’s always interesting to play a character that is conflicted or is saying something on the surface, but beneath that, you can see that there are other considerations.”
Azmi has earlier been seen in international projects like “Madame Sousatzka,” “La Nuit Bengali,” “City of Joy,” and “Son of Pink Panther.” In Bollywood, she will be seen in Karan Johar’s “Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani” and R. Balki’s “Ghoomer.”