By Sherazade Khan
Gora rung isn’t going to land you your dream job or get you the best rishta. Well, maybe the latter IS true, which is why Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s recent tweet needs our attention. We aren’t sure who the tweet was directed at, but we all know how obsessed this part of the world is with fair skin. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
Thank U 4 making me realise dat I cannot b paired along wid d fair & handsome bcz I m dark & not good looking, but I never focus on that.
— Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) July 17, 2017
Needless to say he had an outpour of support from fellow celebrities from this side of the border.
Fuck everyone! You are the best actor in Bollywood. Complexion is Good given, ur skill is what u shud b proud of which u have aced
— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) July 18, 2017
What’s this obsession with fair skin?
Is it because, in our mind, we’re still stuck in the pre-partition days when we were ruled by the goras and now, we somehow associate power with them? It’s sad to see that something so trivial, as the colour of one’s skin, can influence anyone’s career and even whom they marry. Rishta aunties love to ask, “Aur rang kesa hai?” Mother’s search for DIYs and totkas that can scrape anything, which doesn’t resemble fair skin, off. And young girls (who haven’t yet seen the world) buy bucket loads of whitening ubtans and fairness creams.
How do we make this stop?
Let’s educate ourselves and learn to love people for what they are from within. It doesn’t help that there are a myriad of “fairness creams” cashing in on this societal problem. But celebrities like Mahira Khan, Kangana Ranaut, and Ranbir Kapoor are actively turning down endorsements for fairness creams, to make a point. This is great, because these celebrities can shape opinion of the masses.
Similarly, we need to play our part too and discourage statements that suggest beauty is synonymous to being fair. The next time anyone uses ‘fair’ and ‘beautiful’ in one phrase in front of you, look them straight in the eye and then pointedly look away.