Posted: 28 June 2011 at 1:48pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Darklord_RehanWell, I haven't read all the religious texts out there so I can't comment on all of them, but the ones I did read describe Vishnu and his avatars as dark. Even Lord Vishnu was not blue, he was just dark, and yes, Ram and Krishna were also dark. I remember my mother mentioning once that Vaman avatar and Parashuram avatar were not dark but light-skinned, like you mentioned, but Ram and Krishna were dark, just not blue. It has become a common misconception of people to think Vishnu and his avatars are blue, because of famous paintings and also (mostly) because of the old mythological movies which showed Ram and Krishna in such vibrant blue that it looked as if they were drenched in paint (they probably were).
I personally don't think any of the human Avatars were blue as per original texts. As far as I know,
Vaman was pale yellow
Parashuram was wheatish
Ram was of golden or turmeric hue, much like Sati/Gauri
Krishna was dark-skinned, like Kali
The blue colour is an artistic representation as portraying dark in painting is difficult. In case of Ram, I think they want to distinguish Ram from Lakshman and depict him as Vishnu, so artists portray them as the same colour as of Vishnu ie Cloudy blue. Even Goddess Kali is mostly painted blue while she should be black. The only blue-hued Gods are Vishnu and Shiva. While the former has colour of Cloudy day sky, the latter has a colour of Moonlit night sky.
I think RS Ram (and for that matter all Rams) were convincing as per skin colour. Nitish Bharadwaj was dark skinned as well. So he was perfect as Krishna IMO. But SD Bannerjee was not only fair, but they added pink face powder and magenta lip-colour to made him look a complete mismatch.
Anyhow, we never really know how the Gods looked since all these stories took place so long ago, so like I mentioned before, color really doesn't matter to me. I don't flinch when I see a fair Ram or Krishna, as long as their characterization is spot on and the story is accurate...but like you said, SK's older Krishna did look a bit too fair. But it's not really SDB's fault, because I saw him in other movies and his natural skin color is normal looking...the SK makeup artists powdered him way too much so that he looked even lighter than some Americans. They did not do that to any of the other Krishnas in the earlier phases (Ashok Balakrishnan in particular looked appropriately dark), so I don't know why they did it to SDB.