Fair Skin-A problem in bollywood or in Pinkvilla?
I often read Pinkvilla articles and comments, and I often find a lot of users claim that Katrina, Nargis etc are only popular because of their fair skin. These comments can be quite harsh, with some people claiming that these actresses don't belong in bollywood, or that bollywood worships "goris" etc.
I personally feel that these people have a chip on their shoulder. It's on thing to discuss an issue rationally, it's another to accuse bollywood of being racist just because a few actresses are fair.
While I acknowledge the fair skin issue is unfortunately prevelant in some South Asian societies, I don't think that's so much the case in Bollywood anymore.
There are a lot of dusky girls big in bollywood, and in entertainment sectors around India...Vidhya, kajol, rani, priyanka, bipasha, Deepika...and some of them are considered beautiful...so why are people still thinking bollywood is only obsessed with fair skin? times are changing.
The past Miss Indias and beyond are not "fair skinned"...Diana Hayden, Sushmita Sen, Lara Dutta, Priyanka, Aishwarya (in my personal opinion)...I mean if there was an obsession with fair skin...wouldn't a Diya Mirza be crowned over Lara and Priyanka?
And who defines "desi beauty"? Some people here claim that "bollywood doesn't like actresses who look Indian" Just because a girl doesn't have big eyes and big lips and dark skin...she no longer looks Indian? Why stereotype the look? There are all kinds of people in India.
People need to think before they say Nargis and Katrina have only made it big because of their fair skin despite lack of talent...because if that was the case...then what happened Isha Sharvani, Sneha Ullal? They were VERY fair skinned and Sneha had light eyes...even in the case of actors...why is neil nitin mukesh not as successful as other actors?
What's even more perplexing is...nobody in bollywood looks white...no actors or actresses. Have some of you seen white people? Why are we all picking on each other for different shades of brown. Katrina is fair but does not look white...if it was white bollywood wanted then Yana Gupta would be on a pedestal.
These are just some of my thoughts...because I find it ignorant and offensive when people have nothing else to say about an actress and start picking on her skin tone...especially when there are so many successful examples otherwise...