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Glamour, glitz and artificially light skin: Bollywood stars in their own racism row – The Guardian

India’s film-makers accused of hypocrisy for supporting Black Lives Matter while keeping silent on bias for fair complexions

Priyanka Chopra at New York fashion week last year.
 Priyanka Chopra at New York fashion week last year. Photograph: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters

The Bollywood film industry is a global phenomenon built on glitz and glamour. But it has also faced accusations of being among the biggest purveyors of racism for glorifying fair complexions in its hyperbolic love stories and catchy songs. Now, amid anger over what some consider Bollywood’s hypocritical stance on Black Lives Matter, the industry has finally been forced to confront one of its most enduring taboos.        

Bollywood has witnessed considerable liberalisation in recent years. But while taboos such as same-sex relationships have been relegated to a past in which stars hid behind a rose bush to steal a kiss, the industry’s determination to cling to colourism – prejudice against people of your own race on the basis of skin colour – has become a cause of anger and dismay.          Continue reading