The very distinguished British actress Olivia Colman who has won this year’s Oscar for best actress for her performance in the dark period comedy The Favourite travelled all the way from London to a small town Kishanganj in Bihar recently. The reason: Ms Colman was searching for information on her great, great, great grandmother Harriet who lived in Kishanganj in 1807.
Sources from the town say the visit created no stir whatsoever. Informs Kishanganj resident academician Bholashankar Singh, “She came to Kishanganj as an ordinary tourist with no baggage and no entourage. She travelled alone and seemed to the locals, like just another tourist. No one had seen her films. And this was just months before the Oscars. If she had come after the Oscars, I’m sure more people would have known who she was. But I don’t think she wanted to be recognised and was happy meeting locals like an ordinary British tourist desirous of finding out more about her ancestry.”