Twitterati are not happy about Bhumi Pednekar’s character as a dark-skinned girl in 'Bala'. Bhumi Pednekar is casted opposite Ayushmann Khuranna in 'Bala'.
The makers released the trailer on Thursday and seems like it has also disappointed fans.
The trailer shows Ayushmann Khuranna suffering through premature balding. And the condition not only affects his self-confidence but also hampers his professional and love life.
In the trailer, Bhumi appears to be a dusky complexion girl in trailer. The trailer was met with a lot of criticism online. It is pretty evident that the actor’s complexion has been altered to make her look duskier.
Well, netizens pointed out the colourism and described it an example of ‘brownface’. Twitter users pointed out that the makers could have casted an actually dark-skinned actor, if they wanted to talk about India’s obsession with fair skin.
Showing disappointment, a twitter user wrote, “One day Bollywood will realise dark skinned people exist and they don’t have to put 2 kilos of dark foundation on a fair skinned actress. One day,”
“Wish industry had dark-skinned actresses to properly portray the struggle. But it’ll be way too long before that happens. Until then this is what we get. Painted faces,” wrote another.
Here are some more tweets:
Just saw Bala trailer. Why couldn't they just use a dark skinned actress than putting black makeup on fair skinned Bhumi?— Rabi Agrawal (@RabiAgrawal) October 10, 2019
lol @ yami gautam being in a movie about how terrible fairness creams are https://t.co/2Ls6y5muCU— ivya (@laakhsamjhaya) October 10, 2019
Dear bsdk Bollywood,— Wellलू (@Wellutwt) October 11, 2019
Why did you have to paint bhumi’s face brown, Is there lack of brown girls in India!? Or dark skinned Women / artists who can do a better job,Wait afterall this is just Bollywood ! ?
What can you expect? #Bala
So Bala is about a man who suffers from hair loss, who is played by Ayushman, and a dark skinned girl who gets mocked because of that. However, instead of maybe hiring a real dark skinned actress they just cast Bhumi and further darken her face. Ironic, to say the least ??♀️ pic.twitter.com/IH9ImpPbyq— lost soul (@theClaiire) October 10, 2019
This is not the first time twitteratis have pointed out this issue. Hrithik Roshan’s character in Super 30 was that of a mathematician from Bihar. Twitter users had also called out the makers of Super 30 for casting Hrithik and altering his complexion to make him look darker.
Saand Ki Aankh has been in news lately for casting young actors to portray elderly women. Twitter users have slammed the makers for not casting actors who actually fit the age of the character rather than using prosthetics and make up to make young actors like Taapsee and Bhumi look old.
'Bala' is helmed by Amar Kaushik and produced by Dinesh Vijan. ‘Bala’ is slated to release on November 22.
It also stars Yami Gautami.