Bhumi Pednekar Opens Up About Challenging Societal Prejudice: "There's Definitely An Obsession For Fair Skin”

Shravan Shah , 31 Oct 2019
Bhumi Pednekar
Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi Pednekar is making sure that every time she stars in a film, creates noise. The actress has always made sure that her films are relevant and that’s the best thing about her. The actress will next be seen in Amar Kaushik‘s Bala which also stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam. In the film, she will be seen playing a girl with a dark complexion and Bhumi says her choice of roles is directly linked towards raising a strong voice against societal prejudice and affecting social change.

She said:

This is my way of promoting parity in society. I have always wanted my work to speak about societal parity right from my first film Dum Laga Ke Haisha in which I was playing this beautiful, confident, young overweight girl who was comfortable in her own skin. But she is only broken and for the first time, she is hurt that the man she loves doesn’t love her because of the way she looks. But she is too strong to be affected by what he has to say and she brings about a change in him. And then I am doing something similar in Bala, where I am playing a dark-skinned girl. I am not a social activist, I am just somebody who cares, somebody who is aware. I am somebody who truly wants to make a difference.

Bhumi further spoke about the obsession that is prevalent among people for fair skin and calls it total objectification of women.

There is definitely an obsession for fair skin. Period. As an actor, I feel I have enough power that people will listen to us. I mean it’s the most far reached visual medium to people in our country and I want to do my best to fight prejudice through this medium. This is my service to my society. Even what I did in Saand Ki Aankh is exactly that – it is a very strong feminist comment. It speaks about equality, equal opportunities for both genders. Even in Toilet, I stood up for equality and the need for sanitation. But the idea is always to entertain your audiences while delivering a powerful social message.

We are eagerly looking forward to Bala!

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