Before we go any further, some preliminary investigation into Basmati Blues reveals that the movie has been in the can for a bit (a brief chat with our own Siddhant Adlakha reveals he'd talked with star Brie Larson about the picture four years ago). So while it seems our future Captain Marvel may have made a bit of a boo-boo starring in this fish out of water slice of cultural insensitivity, it seems only fair to note this going in.
That said: holy shit Basmati Blues. While summing up the plot seems somewhat futile based on the below footage, here's the offical synopsis:
A brilliant scientist is plucked out of the company lab and sent to India to sell the genetically modified rice she created, but what she doesn't realize is that it will destroy the very farmers she thinks she's helping.
Now just watch this sitar-laden nonsense:
We knew we were in trouble the moment the goat kicked Brie Larson in the butt upon her exiting the Indian train. This trailer has already received a fair amount of (well deserved) backlash due to the numerous sterotypes that comprise its two-minute runtime (not to mention the cringe-inducing"white savior in a land of brown savagery" storyline it sells), causing director Danny Baron to issue a statement in response.
Outrage aside, the fact that any filmmaker, producer or star allowed a spot this poorly cut to become available for public consumption is just baffling. On top of the goat joke, Brie eats highly exaggerated spicy food, gets her feet washed in brass plates, and saves the villagers from an evil Donald Sutherland who shouts from a train how ‘the train of progress will not stop’ (all while Larson races the train on a white horse). I mean, I've never been to India, but this feels like the cartoon version they sold in travel brochures during the '50s.
There's no US release date or distributor for Basmati Blues as of yet. Pearl Jam's on the soundtrack, though. So, there's that.