Actor Charithra Chandan delighted her fans by sharing images of her trip to the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Instagram.
Chandan, who rose to fame after playing Edwina Sharma on “Bridgerton,” shared photos of various sights, including temples and local dishes of the region.
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In the first image, Chandran is seen dressed in a pink traditional outfit with a red bindi on her forehead.
She also posted images of the Airavatesvara Temple, a Kangayam cow, a Kumbakonam coffee shop, some food served on a banana leaf and selfies.
Instagram users appreciated Chandran’s post, with many commenters commending her efforts to connect with her roots.
“I love how you own your roots and culture,” wrote one user.
“U look so beautiful and thank u for keeping it real!” another user wrote. “I love the simplicity.”
Chandran also received positive feedback from model Neelam Gill, singer Pragathi Guruprasad and Mumbai-based editor Divia Thani, among others.
Born into a Tamil family in Scotland, Chandran spent a few of her toddler years in Tamil Nadu before returning to the U.K. when she was 4 years old.
In an interview with The Knot in May, Chandran shared how her role in “Bridgerton” helps address colorism in popular culture.
“Growing up, dark-skinned women across the world are often told that they’re not allowed to go into the sun or there’s something wrong with us – color is seen as a hindrance,” she said. “So, the fact that the diamond and the leading lady of the season are both dark-skinned and it’s not mentioned or made into a thing is so powerful.”
According to Chandran, “Bridgerton” is helping advance more authentic representation in the entertainment industry.
“More than anything, it’s important to normalize this representation,” she explained. “I think what ‘Bridgerton’ is trying to do is to normalize experiences that are different from a lot of people’s. As people get more accustomed to different cultures, it’ll be less of a novelty. It’ll just show another way of doing things.”
For more on “Bridgerton,” see NextShark’s interview with show star Simone Ashley, who talks about” finding the heart” of her character Kate Sharma and Season 2’s Haldi ceremony scene.
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