Chitrangda On Discrimination & Losing Modelling Assignments Due To Dusky Complexion

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Actress Chitrangda Singh has been vocal about her days leading up to her Bollywood career. Previously, she revealed that she has faced the problem of casting couch in the industry.

 

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As per a report in HT, Chitrangda recently opened up about the discrimination she has faced both personally and professionally because of her dusky complexion. She recalled that not only did she face biases while growing up in the north, she also lost out on modeling assignments.

 

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She said, “I know the feeling of living life as a girl with dusky complexion. This is not something that people will say directly to your face. You can only sense it. I have been through the biases, especially while growing up in the north.” Before coming to Mumbai, she lived in several places up north, namely Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi.

Talking about losing out on work due to her skin color, she admitted, “I did lose out on modeling assignments. In fact, when I lost out on one ad in the initial days of my career, I was specifically told the reason as it had come down to selecting between two people for the part.”

 

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But fortunately, she finally got her big break. She explained, “Luckily, the audition that I did for a product was seen by Gulzar saab, who got me on board for his music video. I realized that not everybody goes out looking for white-skinned people here.”

 

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Several other actors like Bipasha Basu, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Shanthipriya have also opened about shadeism in the industry. We hope that going forward, the world becomes more inclusive of people of all skin tones and things change for the better.

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