Rekha, Sridevi, Kajol and the saga of skin lightening

Colourism and skin tone has a huge role to play in the beauty standards set in Indian society.

This has then filtered into the Indian film industry. Being light skinned is one of the prerequisites. Of course, there are darker actors, but they're barely cast in the lead role.

While it hasn't been admitted on record, several actresses such as Kajol, Shilpa Shetty, Rekha, and Sridevi have supposedly lightened their skin. Perhaps it was to fit into the industry and appeal to the masses more. Recently, there's been significant attempts to accept dark skin and representation. Yet Bollywood is notorious for casting lighter actors and darkening their skin. Bhumi Pednekar's character in Bala was supposed to make a statement against colourism, but she was made to darken her skin.

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