Actor Kangana Ranaut Speaks Against The Film Industry’s Obsession Over Fair Complexion

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Thalaivi actor Kangana Ranaut recently spoke about the obsession of the film industry with fair skin. Ranaut said that she would have got a “shelf-life ” of three to four years in the industry due to her fair complexion but what she wanted to prove to the filmmakers was that there was more to her than just her looks.

The actor has previously spoken against the concept of colourism in India and has also previously refused to endorse fairness products.
In an interview with a leading daily newspaper, the actor said that she tried to make her own place in the industry and it was a big struggle for her. Ranaut says that she would not have come this far if she would have settled for the projects that she was being given.

Actor Kangana Ranaut Speaks Against The Film Industry’s Obsession Over Fair Complexion

For the filmmakers of Bollywood, beauty meant fairness, which was all they wanted. “I was fair enough and I could have made a place for myself for 3-4 years, which anybody with a fair complexion can. They were willing to give me that shelf life in return for the fair complexion”, said the actor.

However, Ranaut was not okay with what these filmmakers wanted. She said that there is more to her as an individual than just being fair and she was appalled to know that they did not care anything about that. The actor said that those people must be surprised to see what kind of person she turned out to be.

This is not the first time that the actor spoke against colourism. In an interview in 2013, she said that she had never understood the concept of fairness ever since she was a kid. Ranaut said that she has certain responsibilities as a public figure and if she would endorse such products then she would not be setting a good example for the younger people.

In response to a question asked about why she rejected the offer of a fairness product, the actor said, “My sister (Rangoli Ranaut) is dusky, yet beautiful. If I go ahead and be part of this campaign, then, in a way, I would be insulting her. If I can’t do that to my sister, then how can I do it to the entire nation?”

Ranaut will next be seen in the film Thalaivi in which she plays the role of J Jayalalithaa, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The film was ready to be released in theatres but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been pushed indefinitely.