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But it’s the full-on love affair (sex scenes included) that deserves a closer look, most notably for the fact that race isn’t mentioned once in the movie–Nicky and Jess’s romance is colorblind.“The Hollywood portrayal of interracial relationships is so rare and when it does happen it’s usually in such a minor way or there is some negative consequence,” Ramoutar says.

“Film is a form of cultural transmission–what we consider to be beautiful, what we consider to be successful, those are all things that are transmitted through film and we’re transmitting that message to the next generation of people.”And what’s being passed down from the screen to society can be more damaging than you think.

You could say that Smith has also already bridged the gap between black and white audiences.

As one of Hollywood’s most bankable actors, Smith has starred in some of the biggest blockbusters that have been marketed and watched on a universal level–no one would call the .

It’s not that common to see a pairing of an African American man and an Indian woman on-screen, but that’s exactly what we get in this underrated romantic drama.