There's been a lot of discussion about some beauty brands promoting racism through their products. In response to the same, many of them removed the word 'fair' and 'whitening' from their taglines to not hurt the sentiments of people at large. In a recent interview, Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain actress Saumya Tandon recites her personal experience.
She said, "You can call someone fair or not fair, that is fine. People calling me ‘fair’ is not an abuse, neither am I apologetic about it. I just want to say every colour is beautiful. But unfortunately, in our society, the conditioning is such that they associate the word ‘lovely’ with fair. That means, they feel only girls who are fair, are lovely, which is not the right notion."
“I lost out on a lot of work because they said ‘she is too fair’ because they perceive an Indian girl to not be that, she should be ‘brown’. A lot of auditions I give abroad, they say ‘oh you are fair, Indian girls are not supposed to be that’. I said it’s so stereotypical. The world outside perceives the Indian girl to be brown. No wonder why, 99 percent of actors of Indian origin, working abroad as Indians, are shown to be brown. They will not accept any other colour. I have been rejected being told ‘you are not brown, so you will not be cast as an Indian,” she added.
She further revealed, "Photographers take dark models because somehow they feel they are more exotic, or they are going to be better for a saree or Indian jewellery ad, they want that ‘Indian-ness’, which in their head is brown. It is not fair for girls like us. What about girls from Kashmir, Punjab, they are fair, don’t you call them Indian?”
While the theatres got shut across the country, one director is still making films and releasing them as well. He is none other than maverick director Ram Gopal Varma. Varma already released two films last month. His directorial movies Climax and Naked had a direct digital release in June. Now, he is back with yet another new film. Titled 12'o Clock, the trailer of this movie got unveiled just a while ago. It looks creepy and gives eerie feels to you for sure.
Ram Gopal Varma made a few sensational horror films in the past. Movies like Raat, Bhoot and Kaun show his mettle in handling the horror and thriller subjects. It has been a long time he came up with such a subject. Finally, it looks like 12'o Clock with fill that void. The trailer is extremely engaging and keeps you hooked to it throughout. Going by it, we assume Ram Gopal Varma shot it long back and is planning to release it now. MM Keeravani composed the music of it.
Seasoned actors like Makrand Deshpande, Mithun Chakraborty, Ashish Vidyarthi, Manav Kaul and Flora Saini have appeared in this intriguing trailer. Having such a talented cast, the film may definitely have strong content in it. Of late, Varma is coming with flicks of no fizz. The trailer of 12'o clock is giving some hope for his fans. Varma will release the film directly on an OTT platform. The release details will get announced soon.
The Coronavirus pandemic has not just changed the way people live but also how they work and function. The Hindi film industry has also seen major changes in the last couple of months. In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, Juhi Chawla has said that a major change will also come in the number of people on any film set.
Speaking about the future of the film industry the 54-year-old actor said, "Like we realized in life that we don’t need so many frills and fancies, we might also realize that on a set we might not needd 150 people, and essentially make the film with just half the number. It could be that kind of realizations.”
The actress also recalled an incident from her past. She said, "I was telling my family about the times when we traveled abroad for a shoot. Here, in India, on a set, we had a crew of about 100-115 people. When I went to shoot Darr (1993) in Switzerland, we had literally 32 people. We went there for a month, and 50 percent of it was shot there, maybe more. Could you tell the difference on-screen?"
"There’s an assistant, who wants another assistant, who wants one spot boy. Of course, there are projects that may require such numbers, but not always," she added.
Juhi Chawla also admitted that she was unsure of what to feel when the lockdown began. However now as time goes on Juhi is much more secure. She concluded saying, "... as days went by, I realized that even with just the basics, you can actually get back quite comfortable. I soon started to enjoy the fact that I didn’t have to do so many unnecessary things. Within a few days into the lockdown, the air in Mumbai was clean; it never looked greener, there were birds every morning. I was in bliss."
Swara Bhaskar recently appeared in the Amazon Prime Video show Rasbhari. The show has received a positive word of mouth from multiple critics already. Indian Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi, however, isn't too happy with Swara Bhaskar's recent show. Prasoon Joshi raised his objections against a particular scene where a young girl is seen dancing in front of adults.
Initially, Swara responded by politely saying that Joshi perhaps misunderstood the scene. Now in a recent interview with Rajeev Masand Swara Bhaskar has called Prasoon Joshi one of the finest writers in all of Bollywood. The actress said, "I cannot believe Prasoon sir didn’t understand the meaning of the scene. He’s one of our finest writers, he’s given us some of our finest work. I have too much respect and regard for him to believe that he didn’t understand what that scene meant.”
"The purpose of the scene is to demonstrate how adults and society sexualize children, and the second thing is how subcontinental parenting we give our girls and boys different values,” she added.
Previously Swara had defended the scene saying, "Respected sir, maybe you are misunderstanding the scene. The way you are describing the scene, it is just the opposite. The child is dancing at her own will. Her father feels embarrassed after seeing this. The dance is not provocative. She is simply dancing and has no idea about how society will sexualize her too. This is what the scene shows. #Rashbhari."
Rasbhari also stars Ayushmaan Saxena and Neelu Kohli in pivotal roles.
आदर सहित सर, शायद आप scene ग़लत समझ रहे हैं। सीन जो वर्णन किया है उसके ठीक उल्टा है। बच्ची अपने मर्ज़ी से नाच रही है- पिता देख कर झेंप जाता है & शर्मिंदा होता है।नाच उत्तेजक नहीं है, बच्ची बस नाच रही है, वो नहीं जानती समाज उसे भी sexualise करेगा- scene यही दिखाता है। #Rashbharihttps://t.co/xUAmRBHHjJ