Peter Tosirisuk ’07 was kind enough to explain that “NRI” in the post below means “Non-resident Indian” — that is, someone of Indian descent not living in India. He comments:
I’m not all that knowledgeable about Indian cinema, but as far as I can tell Bedi’s situation with playing an NRI girl is that she doesn’t want to be stereotyped; thus the explanation that as long as the NRI roles are different, she can still play them. It relates to the divide in perception between native Indians and their American-born/living countrymen. So I guess it resembles the problem that action stars have with playing dramatic roles, people might start to think that she can only play the role of a non-native Indian.
Of course, any young actress who has the luxury of choosing among different roles is a successful actress indeed.