Nawaz scorns fair­ness ads

HT City - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

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 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.”

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

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