One of bollywood’s fairest actresses is fair enough not just in the realm of fairness as the color of skin but fairness in the thought behind it and the attitude that goes a long way. We will never know how true the color perception is. We have heard people say every now and then “Dark is beautiful” and yet I wonder how many of us actually believe that. And I sometimes ask myself as to how many would actually be itching to trade off their color for a fairer version. No wonder the fairness cream companies make so much of money.
It feels really good when someone in the mainstream comes out to make a powerful statement like this and not just a powerful one but a very ethical one. Over the last few years, Kangana has really grown as an actress and the respect for her on screen and the portrayal of varied characters has grown immensely. And today somehow when I came across this news piece, the respect grows a little bit more and this time for her as a person which means a lot more than just an actress.
And when asked, she was mentioned saying that she doesn’t believe in the concept of fairness. Now you might say that it is easier for a fair person to take that stand and would have loved a darker one taking that stand, then I would just say that you are being too critical and also slightly hypocritical as well :). She was quoted saying
“Ever since I was a kid, I have never understood the concept of fairness. as a celebrity, what kind of an example would I be setting for younger people?”
How’s that for a statement now?! Source : http://www.scoopwhoop.com/inothernews/kangana-ranaut-ad/
I have never really understood the concept of true fairness and I would be lying if I say I am not biased at all. I mean, I am not blaming the society or the education or the cultural tuning but somehow at some level we have all been trained either by the media or by our education or the environment around us which makes us assume that fair is beautiful. I am shamelessly saying that even I have done it a few times completely inadvertently and later felt completely ashamed about it.
I guess there is more to it than meets the eye when it comes to the concept of fairness. The companies want us to believe that fairness is equivalent to beauty cos that is the way they survive or rather that is the way they prosper. Such a surprising factor isn’t it? More than the quality of your skin, its health and appearance, what matters more is the fairness and all the movies, ads make us feel that so consciosuly which makes us wonder and sometimes subconsciously accept that fairness means beautiful while the truth is that it has got nothing much to do with it and it runs a little deeper than that.
And today when we make this post, it is not to exonerate ourselves from our judgemental attitudes, it is mere acknowledgement of the same and how wrong we have been in accepting the false education without even questioning it. And that’s when these grand gestures come into picture – when they awaken that moral sense within us. And today, kudos to Kangana for doing that.
As for what’s fair, you tell me – What is indeed?
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