Bhumi Pednekar’s ‘brownface’ in Bala trailer criticised: ‘Do we not have dark-skinned actors in Bollywood?’
Several Twitter users have criticised the decision to cast Bhumi Pednekar as a dark-skinned woman in the film Bala. See reactions here.Updated: Oct 11, 2019 14:41 IST
Actor Bhumi Pednekar’s dusky appearance in the trailer of the upcoming film Bala has been met with online criticism. The actor’s complexion has been visibly altered in the trailer, making her a few shades darker than her natural self.
Describing it an example of ‘brownface’, several Twitter users pointed out that if the filmmakers really wanted to discuss cultural obsession with fair skin, they could have cast an actor who is actually dark. Bala addresses male baldness through actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s character, as well as the desire among both men and women to have fair skin.
“One day Bollywood will realise dark skinned people exist and they don’t have to put 2 kilos of dark foundation on a fair skinned actress. One day,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Wish industry had dark-skinned actresses to properly portray the struggle. But it’ll be way too long before that happens. Until then this is what we get. Painted faces,” wrote another. “CAST ACTORS WITH DARK COMPLEXION !! This is why the world asks us why are we racist towards ourselves!!” wrote another person.
Here are some more reactions:
Why is Bhumi Pednekar's face covered in soot?— Anantika Mehra (@AnantikaMehra) October 10, 2019
This poster is soo weird💀— ๖ۣۜƤiαﾂ (@ShadySGian) October 10, 2019
and why Bhumi Pednekar when we have Konkona Sen Sharma, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra and many more bollywood actresses with dusky complextion https://t.co/uk2I2M4sW0
So Bala is about a man who suffers from hair loss, who is played by Ayushman, and a dark skinned girl who gets mocked because of that. However, instead of maybe hiring a real dark skinned actress they just cast Bhumi and further darken her face. Ironic, to say the least 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/IH9ImpPbyq— lost soul (@theClaiire) October 10, 2019
Dear bsdk Bollywood,— Wellलू (@Wellutwt) October 11, 2019
Why did you have to paint bhumi’s face brown, Is there lack of brown girls in India!? Or dark skinned Women / artists who can do a better job,Wait afterall this is just Bollywood ! 😓
What can you expect😍 #Bala
Just saw Bala trailer. Why couldn't they just use a dark skinned actress than putting black makeup on fair skinned Bhumi?— Rabi Agrawal (@RabiAgrawal) October 10, 2019
Previously, the makers of Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 were asked the same questions, after the actor was made to appear darker. The famously fair-skinned Hrithik played a Bihar-based mathematician in the film, which did tremendous numbers at the box office. Hrithik’s co-star in the film, Mrunal Thakur, defended the decision, and told Mid-Day, “I think it was required for the character. Whenever I saw Hrithik in his dark complexion, I would end up calling him Anand and not Hrithik.”
Another of Bhumi’s upcoming films has attracted a similar controversy. Saand Ki Aankh has been in the spotlight for casting young actors to portray elderly women. While Bala is out on November 7, Saand Ki Aankh will arrive on October 25.
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First Published: Oct 11, 2019 14:41 IST