Holi 2017: Beauty and the Beast actor Emma Watson wishes Indian fans with a 'namaste'
Emma Watson has wished her fans in India a happy Holi, in a video released by UTV Motion Pictures.
In the video, she joins her hands and says namaste, also urging her fans to watch her upcoming film Beauty and the Beast, which releases on 17 March, 2017. Here's what she said:
"Namaste, India. Wishing you a very happy Holi and don't forget to see Beauty and the Beast this March in cinemas near you."
Watson essays the role of Belle, the female protagonist of this film. The video also features stills from the movie, such as the scene where her character meets the talking tea cup and some moments from her interactions with Beast. One of the songs from the film, 'Belle (Reprise)', sung by Watson herself, plays in the background.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, the video is a way for Emma Watson to reach out to her fans in India, as she realises that there's a huge fan base here.
Emma Watson has developed a considerably large fan base in India, following her portrayal of Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter series. Recently, Beauty and the Beast has faced a few issues with respect to the release of the film; a Russian MP and a cinema in Alabama, US have expressed their concerns over the film's homosexual content, and the Alabama cinema has even refused to release it.
One of the characters, LeFou, is gay and develops feelings for Beast's antagonist Gaston. This character is Disney's first openly gay character.
This musical fantasy Disney film has been directed by Bill Condon and its stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans in the lead roles.
Watch the video here: