So I was on my usual commentary rounds when I came upon the following statement on the infamous site Pinkvilla.com:
you guys can bash me all you want but it’s the truth 🙂
tamannah will make it big cuz she has the lookd,(sic) complexion, and body just like katrina
katrina is loved world wide because she is beatiful(sic) and her acting but also because of her beautiful skin tone
it hurts to soem (sic)but the truth is that light people with aryan features will always rule india
examples: katrina, bebo, karishma, anushka, etc. — katrinalover
(Posted Sat, 2013-02-09 17:16 )
This quote was in response to a post regarding the upcoming Hindi film ‘Himmatwala’ starring Ajay Devgan and Bollywood newcomer Tamannaah. Based on one photo (a still from the upcoming flick seen below) the afore-quoted genius is/was predicting a successful career for the cross-over actress based on her skin complexion. *Insert incessant blinking*
“Aryan” – A member of a people speaking an Indo-European language who invaded northern India in the 2nd millennium bc. (Google)
“Aryan race” – A 19th/20th century racialist thought that the Nordic people were the true Aryans i.e “the pure race” which was said to be less racially mixed with non-native Indo-European people, an idea most notably embraced by Nazi ideology. (Wikipedia)
21st century, planet earth: Halle Berry, Freida Pinto, Zoe Saldana, Thandie Newton, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Gabby Douglas, Jennifer Lopez, Padma Lakshmi, Naomi Campbell, Beyonce, Alek Wek, Oluchi Orlandi, Kimora Lee, Chanel Iman, Kerry Washington, Rihanna, Iman, Tyra Banks et. al. All women of colour who remain at the top of their respective crafts globally. Not only are they women of colour, they are famous the world over and not affiliates of the so-called “Aryan” persuasion.
The fact is, there are so many talented women in Bollywood as well who are acclaimed in every way imaginable yet are not fair-skinned nor do they have so-called “Aryan” features (i.e. actresses like Chitrangada Singh, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone, Rani Mukherjee, Priyanka Chopra, Konkona Sen Sharma, Seema Biswas, Sameera Reddy et.al.) plus they are worth their salt and can hold candles to their fair-skinned contemporaries but then again in the real world it is not about the colour of your skin otherwise we would not even know these women. Preoccupation with such triviality as the colour of ones eyes or skin or hair and it having to do with who we really are, are the sort of social ills that plague us not only as a society but as this race we call human. The person who posted that racist comment was not even anonymous. We are all entitled to our own opinions but it really is shocking to know that some people still think like this.
Bottom line: Whether or not Tamannaah succeeds in Bollywood will depend on God, her talent, hard work and/or connections not the colour of her skin. After all actor Zayed Khan is as fair-skinned as his brother-in-law Hrithik Roshan, why isn’t he as famous or as successful an actor?
Love the skin you’re in people.