The makers of Bala released the trailer yesterday and no doubt Ayushmann Khurrana is back with another entertainer but at the same time, it seems things aren’t going well with them.
The film, which is already facing concept issues with a similar film ‘Ujada Chaman’ that would release a day before Bala. Now, the film is facing criticism on the dusky appearance of Bhumi Pednekar in the trailer.
Describing it as an example of ‘brownface’, several Twitter users pointed out that if the filmmakers really wanted to discuss cultural obsession with fair skin, they could have cast an actor who is actually dark.
Bala addresses male baldness through actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s character, as well as the desire among both men and women to have fair skin.
The trailer didn’t well with the Twitterati. One of them wrote “One day Bollywood will realize dark-skinned people exist and they don’t have to put 2 kilos of dark foundation on a fair-skinned actress. One day,” one person wrote on Twitter. “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. “CAST ACTORS WITH DARK COMPLEXION !! This is why the world asks us why are we racist towards ourselves!!” wrote another person.
Check out more reactions:
Why is Bhumi Pednekar’s face covered in soot?
— Anantika Mehra (@AnantikaMehra) October 10, 2019
This poster is soo weird?
and why Bhumi Pednekar when we have Konkona Sen Sharma, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra and many more bollywood actresses with dusky complextion https://t.co/uk2I2M4sW0
— ๖ۣۜƤiαﾂ (@ShadySGian) October 10, 2019
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
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
This is not the first time an actor’s dusky complexion has faced the wrath. Earlier, the makers of Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 were asked the same questions, after the actor was made to appear darker. The famously fair-skinned Hrithik played a Bihar-based mathematician in the film, which did tremendous numbers at the box office.
Another of Bhumi’s upcoming films has attracted a similar controversy. Saand Ki Aankh has been in the spotlight for casting young actors to portray elderly women.