Nawaz scorns fair­ness ads

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur Prashant Singh Kavita Awaasthi

Ac­tor Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, who re­cently spoke of fac­ing bias in Bol­ly­wood over his ap­pear­ance, specif­i­cally his dark com­plex­ion, has taken a dig at celebri­ties en­dors­ing fair­ness creams. “So much of fair­ness cream is con­sumed in our so­ci­ety, and it’s be­ing pro­moted by well-off, re­spon­si­ble, and knowl­edge­able peo­ple. I think unko sharm aani chahiye,” says Nawaz, whose lat­est film, Babu­moshai Ban­dook­baaz, re­leased re­cently. “You’re pro­mot­ing fair­ness creams in a coun­try where 90% of the peo­ple are brown­skinned. You’re giv­ing them an in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex. Aap lo­gon ko batana chah rahe hai ki, ‘Aapka colour theek nahi hai’?” says Nawaz, whose tweet on the colour bias is­sue had brought it into the lime­light. It had ap­par­ently been said about him that some top fe­male ac­tors couldn’t be cast op­po­site him, be­cause of how he looked. Nawaz re­calls hear­ing such state­ments ear­lier, too. “When I told peo­ple about my in­ten­tion to be­come an ac­tor, they said, ‘Look at your face.’ Maybe we have a cer­tain kind of colo­nial pres­sure on us that makes us be­have this way. When we look at for­eign­ers with fair skin, we au­to­mat­i­cally think they’re rich and beau­ti­ful, but when Get set to see a brand new pair on the sil­ver screen. We have ex­clu­sively learnt that Nawazud­din Sid­diqui will team up with Dangal girl Sanya Mal­ho­tra, who played Babita Phogat. This film is Ritesh Ba­tra’s next after he directed The Lunch­box, which also starred Nawazud­din along­side Ir­rfan Khan. “Sanya came through mul­ti­ple rounds of au­di­tions while Nawaz was al­ways at­tached to the film,” says Ritesh. we go to some other coun­try, they think that our skin colour is beau­ti­ful,” he says. The ac­tor adds, “I thought it’s im­por­tant for me to bring up this is­sue. If my words can help even one per­son feel con­fi­dent, then I think I’ve been suc­cess­ful.”

The TV show Pehredaar Piya Ki has been pulled off the air by its chan­nel, and the cast and the crew are in shock. The se­rial had been get­ting end­less flak for show­ing a ‘love story’ be­tween a boy aged about nine and a woman twice his age — a pe­ti­tion against it reached In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing Min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani, who in turn re­ferred it to the Broad­cast­ing Con­tent Com­plaints Council. The show’s demise has come just when it was pre­par­ing for a 12-year leap in the sto­ry­line. Asked to com­ment, the fe­male lead, Te­jasswi Prakash, says, “I am told not to talk about it.” Pro­ducer Sumeet Mit­tal says, “Our show was shifted from 8.30pm to [the] 10.30pm slot, which didn’t work for us, as we felt it was too late for a fam­ily drama. We then took a call to wrap up the show in­stead and come back with some­thing bet­ter.” A state­ment from Sony says: “Ef­fec­tive 28th Au­gust 2017, we are pulling off... Pehredaar Piye Ki, from tele­vi­sion. While we un­der­stand that the de­ci­sion to end this se­rial will be dis­ap­point­ing to those whose cre­ative en­er­gies are vested in it, namely, its crew and cast, we (as a chan­nel) are con­vinced that we will be bet­ter served by fo­cus­ing in­stead on de­vel­op­ing viewer in­ter­est in our up­com­ing, new shows.” Cast mem­ber Suyyash Rai is “shocked”. He says, “I was wait­ing to re-en­ter the show after the leap. Te­jasswi is a close friend. I wanted to be a sup­port to her.”



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