May 22, 2019
Sri Lankan Film Producer Crushes Hollywood Stereotypes In Debut Film
One of the first American action films to star a Sri Lankan-American actor debuts featuring a cast and crew of women and flipped stereotypes to challenge our industry’s jaded norms.
Hollow Point tells the story of a traumatized professor whose wife and daughter are senselessly murdered, a cataclysm which forces him to fight amongst a group of charismatic vigilantes, the crime that infests L.A., and his ethical dilemma to seek justice for his family.
Produced by Sri Lankan-American Dilan Jay — one of the first Sri Lankan film producers in Hollywood — Hollow Point represents much more than a lightning-fast story about one man’s resilience and quest for vengeance.
Dilan deliberately recruited and casted women into key roles in the film, such as:
“Not only did I push for women in Hollow Point, but I chose a white American villain to help destroy the stereotype that antagonists are either white, thick-accented thugs from Eastern Europe, or are just black,” Dilan commented.
Starring in Hollow Point is Dilan himself, one of the first Sri Lankan actors in an American action film — a move he hopes will inspire more producers to cast Indians into non-stereotypical lead roles. “I put myself, a Sri Lankan, as the protagonist because I realized that if I wanted to see an Indian star in an American action film like Hollow Point, I simply had to create the opportunity because it does not exist — you just don’t see it happening yet,” said Dilan.
We believe a profound responsibility lies with film producers, media creators, and artists to overtly push against the antiquated idea that movies will not sell with women, Indians (even Sri Lankans), and other minorities in lead roles.
Hollow Point is 100% American-made — filmed and cut in L.A. What racial or gender precedents which occur in Hollywood will and do permeate the rest of the world’s media, and therefore: ideas about people and the opportunities available to them. So although, today, we may witness inspirational conversations about change, the truth is that real change and opportunity does not happen in event speeches nor in newsrooms — we need to see it on the big screen.