Now here's a strange case of mistaken identities that none of would've seen coming. Apparently, Naomi Scott, who had starred as the female lead, Jasmine, in last year's smash hit, Aladdin — a live-action remake of Disney's own 1992 animated classic by the same name, which co-starred Mena Massoud in the eponymous role and superstar Will Smith as Genie — has come forth and revealed that she was mistaken for Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone while playing the Nagada Sang Dhol Baje song from the latter's hit film, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela, and that, too, by the cast and crew of Aladdin itself.
Opening up on the incident in an interview to BBC, Naomi Scott said, "I was like playing it (Nagada Sang Dhol Baje)... I was on set. I had like an American cast and crew. And I'm playing it because I love that song and literally someone was like: 'Oh, it's so beautiful. Nay (her nickname), is that you? Yeah, it is... it is...I thought to myself that 'You could be compared to worse people that Deepika', and I was like, 'Well, I'll take that. She's pretty beautiful.'" Naomi also revealed in the same interview that the look and feel of the Aladdin remake was very much inspired by the colourful and musical flavour of Bollywood.
Earlier Deepika Padukone herself has been mistaken for Priyanka Chopra by the foreign press, which she had not taken too kindly to. Reacting to it in a 2017 interview, the A-lister had said, "It's not just about me being offended. It's you all in this room who should be offended. It's not just ignorance, it's also racist. Two people of similar colour are not the same people. So, you as fellow Indians should actually be calling them out and educating them instead of encouraging it. Ignorance is ignorance. I feel bad for them."
A lot of mistaken identities going about, right?
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