People from the Indian film industry have time and again exposed the double standards of this glamorous world. It is said that there are just handful of people who judge the newcomers as per their talents and skills. Rest follow the old school ways of selecting new faces for their films as per their skin color, looks, features, and beauty. We have come a long way and the industry has progressed a lot with time but there are still some people who believe in ‘fair is beauty’ concept.
Remember how Abhay Deol slammed the elite actors for promoting fairness creams and made many of them apologize for doing the same?
It’s Rajkummar Rao this time who took up this topic on a show with ilmmaker Farah Khan. The duo participated in a show called ‘Tape Cast’ for Film Companion where they had to discuss a wide range of topics related to the industry ranging from nepotism to rumors and double standards of the industry.
In one of the questions, Rajkummar Rao was asked how he dealt with the rejections that happened because of his skin color as he is not a fair skinned actor. To this the actor said:
“I didn’t use Fair and Lovely. I was very proud of my skin colour. I am an actor. I am not here to sell my fairness. I used to laugh, actually. I found those people so ignorant. So regressive. They are still stuck in that era – hero matlab gora chitta, 6 foot.”
Rajkummar also revealed that he was once rejected from a film in which he wanted to play the role of a Parsi character. To this, Farah intervened and said:
“But you have to look like a Parsi, no?”
To this, the actor gave a karara jawaab to the filmmaker by telling her that Naseeruddin Shah had played a Parsi in ‘Pestonjee’.
Farah couldn’t take the actor’s allegations and said:
“He has a Parsi nose. He looks exactly Parsi and behaves Parsi also.”
Rajkummar gave a firm reply asking her:
“But I can look Parsi na. Don’t you think I can play Parsi?”
This made Farah reply with affirmative. Explaining herself, she said:
“But sometimes it is also to do with how you look. If you are playing an African-American, you can’t play it.”
Rajkummar flaunted his knowledge about films and gave an example of Robert Downey Jr. who once played a role of an African-American in ‘Tropic Thunder’ and told Farah that acting has no limit. This made Farah joke with him. She asked:
“Terko Nepali ka role denge toh?”
The actor left the filmmaker speechless by saying that Aamir Khan has played a role of a Nepali in a soft drink ad and this made Farah say that Rajkummar Rao has an answer for every question. Rajkummar unveiled the double standards of Bollywood and made this clear that an actor should be given freedom to become whatever the role requires. A good actor will manage to look what s/he wants the audience to see.
Here’s the powerful video of the show:
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