BOLLYWOOD: Nawazuddin Siddiqui thinks that Bollywood’s obsession with fair skin is just a reflection of society. The actor believes that a “total change” was required, not just in the mentality of the film industry, but of society as a whole.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, he said, “Not just the film industry, such taboos exist everywhere. Things won’t change anytime soon. And in Bollywood, it’s rampant, it has always been there. Waise aam janta bhi apni heroine ko gori, aur hero ko gora dekhna chahti hai… Maa bhi chahti hai ki beta gori bahu le kar aaye. So, it’s all a part of society. This mentality reflects in Bollywood… A total change is required.”
Back in 2017, the racist underbelly of Bollywood came to light when Sanjay Chauhan, the casting director of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, said that it would look “weird” if Nawazuddin was cast with “fair and handsome people”.
The actor was unfazed by the remark and took to Twitter to reply, “Thank you for making me realise that I cannot be paired with the fair and handsome because I am dark and not good looking, but I never focus on that.”
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
At the time, there was an outpouring of support from fans, who said that Nawazuddin’s talent transcended looks.