Giselli Monteiro, Barbara Mori, Amy Jackson... A slew of foreign beauties are playing key roles in Bollywood films. But director Abhishek Kapoor feels this obsession with "white girls" can be damaging to 'desi' actresses.
"Our obsession with white girls playing lead in Indian films is extremely detrimental to the psyche of the Indian girl. As bad as selling fairness cream," tweeted the "Rock On!!" director.
"Our Indian girls are being sidelined to favour of this Caucasian invasion... STOP this madness and recognise our own beauties," he added.
Kapoor, who is now working on "Kai Po Che!", based on Chetan Bhagat's "The 3 Mistakes of My Life", says he is especially disturbed with how filmmakers cast foreigners in the role of an Indian girl.
Brazilian model Giselli featured as a Punjabi girl in "Love Aaj Kal". She also played an Indian in "Always Kabhi Kabhi".
British model-actress Amy Jackson played a Malayalee in "Ek Deewana Tha".
"I have no problem with a Caucasian girl playing a Caucasian... But selling her as a Punjabi or an Indian is deluding the audience and also making the Indian naive woman feel inadequate.
"Extremely harmful to their psyche, and people in power should be more responsible," wrote Kapoor.
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oh my stars!!!!i'm not an indian but i watch desishows because i like the fact that Indian cinema is complete on its own..what's the need for all these white girls with waning charms, so to speak? pls dont saturate bollywood with them otherwise it won't be unique anymore..
He is right, why make the common man seem that an Indian girl is supposedly like a foreigner when they see a white or Caucasian actor playing the role of an Indian. It misleads our audience. Also, when I went to India a few years ago it was sad to see the amount of fairness cream commercials coming up on TV. It felt like that was the only ad, its too bad that the media is influencing the common people into thinking that being "white" is apparently being "pretty". When they don't notice how some tanned skinned actresses like Bipasha look stunning with the brown skin and bohemian avatar.
Edited on:18 May 2012 at 11:03pm
I agree as well! It is fine for a white girl to play someone of her own race! However, getting them to play Indian's is strange! Unless the role is of someone who is part Caucasian and part Indian!
I think Bollywood needs to stop obesessing with foreigners and work with the miriad of locl talent they have! Not to say dont cast foreigners in Bollywood movies, but do it in the appropriate way!
I agree that an indian woman should play an indian role...I have loved bollywood for a long time and I don't want it to turn into 'hollywood'. but plz its not nice to insult white women for their color of their skin, no one should be insulted for that. I am white and I was born that way and I didnt choose to be 'pasty white' , that is the way I am.
I completely agree, so many beautiful Indian women with their gorgeous shades of brown skin and they keep pushing these pasty white women on the audiences.
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