The Hindi film industry always has stereotyped female actors. They’re expected to match various unrealistic beauty standards, such as being skinny, fair-skinned, etc. Here are a few actresses who spoke about being discriminated against based on their looks.
• Anushka Sharma
Anushka has spoken openly about the criticism she has faced for not being ‘good-looking enough’ for a part. She stated that they often rely on indirect remarks like, ‘The look wasn’t right.’ She finds such politically correct statements to be highly disrespectful.
• Radhika Apte
The actress revealed that she was initially offered Yami Gautam’s role in Vicky Donor but was later rejected for being “overweight by a few kilos.” She spoke about this incident in an interview and stated that though she doesn’t get affected by rejection at work, this weight thing messed with her mental health.
• Konkona Sen Sharma
The ‘Wake Up Sid‘ actress talked about the pressure the industry imposes on women to look a certain way. She says that the experience was uncomfortable and overwhelming for her. She struggled to get used to the art of acting and the work environment required for the same.
• Nandita Das
Nandita Das revealed that she’s offered similar roles and is often asked to lighten her skin while being offered some parts. She has always been very vocal about her journey and considers colorism an evil that plagued the Bollywood industry.
• Neena Gupta
Often being offered the quirky, inconsequential roles, Neena Gupta took it upon herself to advertise her acting skills. As revealed in Masaba Masaba, she was rejected multiple times due to her age and lack of ‘godfathers’ in the industry.
• Taapsee Pannu
Taapsee faced multiple rejections before making it big in Bollywood. From being called ‘not glamorous enough’ to being seen as a ‘not big marketable name,’ the actress had to struggle ferociously to make her mark in the industry.