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Kangana Ranaut Says Her Fair Complexion Was The Only Thing Filmmakers Wanted. Okay Then!

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All my life, I have been described as a girl with dusky skin. As if I am merely defined by my skin colour. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I am not pale and fair. My bronze skin tone makes me stand out from the herd. But I have been put through hell for not fitting into society’s impossible moulds of beauty. Most people seem to think that colourism is only rampant only in countries like the USA. They couldn’t be more wrong and ignorant. Every day, girls with a dusky complexion are persecuted by their family and peers. While, on the other hand, our fairer-skinned counterparts are celebrated and given opportunities on a silver platter. In what world is that fair (pun intended) or even acceptable?

Talking about the easy opportunities given to fair-skinned women, today we’re discussing colourism in Bollywood. If you’ve been paying attention, you don’t need me to tell you just how bias the industry is when it comes to skin colour. From the likes of Bipasha Basu to Priyanka Chopra, numerous dusky-skinned actresses have come to the forefront to talk about how the Bollywood industry discriminates against women with a darker complexion. The latest actress to join the fight against colourism in Bollywood is Kangana Ranaut but she’s kind of being entitled about it.  She said in a recent interview that her fair complexion is the least of her favourite things and that she tried very hard to get filmmakers to look beyond her skin colour but that’s all they focused on. Okay Kangana, it must be so difficult.

In this recent interview, Kangana said, “I tried to make my own place and that was a big struggle. If I had to settle for what they were giving me, I don’t think I would have come this far. For them, beauty was being fair. I was fair enough and I could have made a place for myself for 3-4 years, which anybody with a fair complexion can. So, that was all that they wanted. They were willing to give me that shelf life in return for the fair complexion. But I was not okay with that. My fair complexion is the least of my favourite things. There is so much more to me as an individual and I was appalled to see that they didn’t care about that. They had nothing to do with that. Now they must be surprised to see what kind of a person I turned out to be.”


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Agreed, Kangana is known for her kooky and controversial statements but this is worse because she is complaining about such an privileged problem. Despite being handed an easy way, because of her fair complexion, Kangana complains it was almost too easy and she’s not having any of that.

But before this, she was on the right side of the conversation when she spoke about colourism.  According to reports, in 2013, she said in an interview, “Ever since I was a kid, I have never understood the concept of fairness. Especially, in such a case, as a celebrity, what kind of an example would I be setting for younger people? I have no regrets about turning this offer down. As a public figure, I have responsibilities.” Further adding, “My sister (Rangoli Chandel) is dusky, yet beautiful. If I go ahead and be part of this campaign, then, in a way, I would be insulting her. If I can’t do that to my sister, then how can I do it to the entire nation?”

Kangana’s boldness and ability to call a spade a spade never ceases to amaze. This culture of celebrating fair skin while badgering women with dusky skin colour is horrific. Let’s look beyond a person’s skin colour, shall we?

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