Twitter cringes at Anushka’s Bengali accent and dusky complexion in Chakda Xpress

The teaser for Chakde Xpress includes a line spoken in Bengali by Anushka Sharma, which was not approved by Twitter.

On Thursday, Anushka Sharma released a teaser for Chakda Xpress, which sparked a lot of discussion on Twitter. Anushka’s first film in three years, Chakda Xpress, is a biopic of cricketer Jhulan Goswami. She was last seen in 2018’s Zero. Given her ‘weird’ Bengali accent and poor attempt at darkening her skin, some Twitter users believe Anushka should have chosen a different film for her ‘comeback.’

Jhulan Goswami, a Bengali cricketer, led India’s national women’s cricket team as captain. The Chakda Xpress teaser includes a line spoken in Bengali by Anushka Sharma, which was not approved by Twitter. “Kintu chinta koro na (But don’t worry),” Anushka as Jhulan says about her desire to make it big in the cricket world. Viewers on Twitter have described Anushka’s accent as “cringeworthy” and “horrible,” with some even suggesting that a Bengali actor would have been better suited for the role.

Anushka's Bengali.
Anushka’s Bengali.

“I have nothing against Anushka Sharma; she is a brilliant actress,” one tweet read. “However, as a Bengali, I have issues with her strange accent.” “There are some fine actresses in the Bengali industry who could have played Jhulan with elan,” another person added. But, no, that’s not going to happen because we still need to find a well-known Bollywood actor who can put on layers of dusky makeup and still not look the part, not even the accent.”

“Man, she doesn’t even look half as similar to Jhulan Goswami,” a disgruntled Twitter user wrote. Neither in stature nor in appearance. “Even her Bengali accent makes me cringe,” one person said, while another added, “The way she tells ‘Kintu chinta koro na. It appears that the filmmakers mistook Jhulan for a probasi Bangali (a Bengali who lives abroad).”

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Another person who has been ‘offended’ Anushka’s Bengali accent has been described as ‘caricature’ by a Twitter user: “I’m sorry, but as a Bengali, that accent offends me.” Do not accuse me of speaking in a certain way because Jhulan does. This accent sounds like a caricature to me as a native Bengali, and I don’t think anyone who isn’t familiar with the language will understand.”

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