Manipuri Supermodel Lin Laishram to Debut in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Rangoon

    A sportsperson, top notch model and an aspiring actress, Lin Laishram is going to debut in Vishal Bharadwaj’s bollywood film Rangoon.

    She was in consideration for the lead role of Mary Kom

    Lin, who was in consideration for the lead role of Mary Kom in the Omung Kumar biopic until Priyanka Chopra bagged it will now be seen in ‘Rangoon’. Looking forward to her big ticket to Bollywood, the actress has felt respected working with the noted director Vishal Bharadwaj along with the dedicated ensemble star cast.

    Lin has worked with some of the most prestigious names in the glamour world including top designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Shantanu Goenka and Rohit Bal. She has strutted down the ramp at a lot of fashion shows like New York 2008, New York Bridal Week fashion show and Wills India Fashion Week!

    Her First Bollywood Cameo was in SRK’s Om Shanti OmLin-Laishram_Bollywood2

    While Priyanka Chopra ended up playing Kom, Laishram bagged a role of the boxer’s friend and sparring partner. “Two years ago, when I spoke to the director, I think they were looking for someone from the Northeast. Only much later did they decide on PC, and I completely get that — to be able to make a movie salable and a hit, you have to cast big stars,’’ says the actor. Her first brush with Bollywood was a small role in Om Shanti Om. “I was studying at the time but went for it despite my exams because I absolutely love Shah Rukh Khan,’’ she says.

    She faces discrimination in every audition

    Whenever Lin enters an agency to audition for an ad film, she ticks the box which says “foreign” because she knows she won’t be considered for the Indian roles. She faces discrimination in every audition as they categorise her as ‘foreign’ or ‘Asian’ . Because every ad makers or filmmakers want someone with fairer skin and bigger eyes. Many of the ads Laishram has featured in are made for Malaysian and Indonesian markets.

    Her Other Bollywood Films.. Chalo China, Ticket to Bollywood

    She has been cast in a sequel to Chalo Dilli called Chalo China, produced by Lara Dutta’s production house. Where of course, she is playing a Chinese girl. In another movie, she plays Prateek Babbar’s Nepali wife. Only in one film, Ticket to Bollywood, she played someone from the northeastern region.

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    Meghranani is a SIBM graduate working as community manager in Network18 Media. She is a staff writer of Magical Assam. She is fond of watching movies and playing guitar. She spends too much time browsing internet specially scrolling Tumblr.
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