I watched Muni (Raghava Lawrence’s first horror movie) and in it, Vedhika rejects Raghava Lawrence due to his dark skin colour.
Lawrence then sputters a punch dialogue at Vedhika, “My skin colour is like the hair on your head, always on top. Your skin colour is like the colour of the underside of my feet, always at the bottom.” Here’s the video where he says, “Namme karuppe patthi thappa pesra pa,” and then goes on to say that fair skin is not great.
But, in all of the sequels of Muni, Kanchana and Kanchana 2, Raghava Lawrence chose the fairest actresses as his pair. Even in his recent movie, the disabled girl is also damn fair. Why didn’t he introduce a dark girl or a not so fair actress like Aishwarya Rajesh or Iniya or Dhansika as per his glorification of his dark skin colour, being true to his words in Muni?
Because there is only Karuppu Perazhaga, not Karuppu Perazhagi. Dark skin colour is only glorified in Indian guys (in most cases) and can be manipulated to fit the definition of beauty whenever they see it fit, at the expense of both fair and dark Indian girls and this portrayal in Tamil cinema is imbibing the lives of Indians here.
Dark skin colour in Indian guys can never be questioned or compared to – it’s above reproach
You may counter me by saying Shreya rejected Rajini in the movie Sivaji the Boss due to his dark skin colour but watch how the ‘Erimalai Eppadi Porukkum’ dialogue delivery of Vivek in that scene at Shreya’s spurn, glorifying dark skin, saying “Dravidanin unmaiyana nirame karuppu!” How come the Vivek Volcano did not erupt when Rajini rejects Anggavai & Sanggavai (obviously because of their dark skin, and the fact that they artificially made both girls very dark, purposely) outright? And, at the end of the day, Shreya makes the ultimate cartwheel by saying, “Ungge kitte pudichethe anthe karuppu than.” Director Shankar, shame on you!
There is so much hypocrisy in Indian skin colour bias. The same people who thump their chest that Tamil Nadu ode unmaiyana nirame karuppu are the ones who bring non Tamil, north Indian actresses like Hansika Mothwani, Lakshmi Rai, Tapsee Pannu into South Indian film industry and they are solely in Kodampakkam for their fair skin colour, not for their sublime acting capabilities. Now, a white girl, Amy Jackson can pass off as an Indian.
The hero can be pitch black and be paired with a milky skinned heroine in Indian films. An otherwise pairing, where a hero with milky skin colour be paired with a heroine who’s skin colour is dark is non existent in Indian films. In Monster’s Ball, Halle Berry couples up with Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry was also a Bond girl, opposite Pierce Brosnan. Halle Berry is an ambassador for Revlon. When Nina Davuluri, (the gorgeous girl in the meme above) became Miss America, many equally dark and darker machas were like, “Appedi iva enna azhago, Miss America ayita.” Yes, some white Americans were against Nina as well but they thought she was affiliated with Al Qaeda. The Americans were insular while the machas don’t have taste. White women spend thousands to achieve dusky skin effect and white men think dark Indian women are incredibly sexy. That’s why Jim Carrey dated Anchal Joseph, a dark skinned American Indian supermodel, a contestant of America’s Next Top Model.
See how when a not so fair skinned heroine makes fun of a dark hero in a Tamil movie, it is not tolerated and gets trolled as karma had bitten her in the skin colour when in fact, she is not very dark at all. The only heartening thing is the word, ‘karuppunerathazhagi’. Yet, Lakshmi Menon is nowhere near Vishal’s dark skin colour.
Even comedians, Goundamani and Senthil cringe when showed a potential bride who is dark skinned when they are equally dark themselves. You may say that her teeth is a bit on the high side but trust me, if she’s fair, her teeth oru mattere illeh. Yup, they are all the ‘maari’ they call themselves and more. Same goes to all those involved in the film making of scenes that forward such skin colour hypocrisy.
Perhaps the only Tamil movie that shows dark skin as coveted is the movie Paarthale Paravasam, directed by K Balachander, starring Madhavan, Simran, Manivannan, Vadivukarasi and Raghava Lawrence in lead roles.
And, many Indian actresses who are not very fair initially bleach their skin due to pressure – the likes of Priyamani, Asin, Anjali, etc.
How this skin colour hypocrisy in Tamil cinema extends into real life
Fair skinned Indian ladies are insulted or rebuked if they bring up dark skin colour in an Indian man – evident in Muni and Sivaji and this is true in real life as well in many, many cases.
Dark skin colour in Indian men is glorified but dark skin colour in Indian girls is considered ugly, in most cases. Also, it is not tolerated if a fair Indian girl makes a negative comment over an Indian guy’s dark skin colour in most cases. Even I was not spared even when I never made comments against dark skin on anyone. I was told that I made myself through life augmenting stages by the means of my fair skin in an argument which was about another topic altogether. My capabilities as a human were completely denied by the male, Indian person who happened to be dark. I did not ask for a fair skin colour. Actually, skin colour is not the matter here, gender is. If an Indian girl has a dark skin colour she is degraded for having a less than perfect skin colour and if an Indian girl has a fair skin colour she is said to use her skin colour to achieve her ambitions, (sleeping her way to success) not her dexterity.
Look around. Indian guys coupling with/married to fair Indian girls are aplenty – the same is not true otherwise. Indian movies ingrain such a mindset – that a dark Indian guy is entitled to have a fair Indian girl as wife and fair Indian girls thinking dark Indian guys account as Rajini, Vijay, Vishal, Lawrence etc and should accept them (in most cases) because that’s what is shown in movies where very fair ladies fall for very dark Indian guys and reiterated by Indian aunties. Dark skinned Indian ladies are told to settle for any lesser guy. Very rarely, a dark Indian guy is told to settle for a lesser girl.
If an Indian girl with dark skin colour rejects another dark skinned Indian guy, all hell will break loose, she’ll be condemned, “Inthe karuppi ku evelo thimiru, ivvalo karuppa irunthukittu uzhaga azhagi maari scene poduthu.” If an Indian girl with fair skin colour rejects a dark skinned Indian guy, the response is not much different, “Velleya irukka le, anthe thimuru. Ennemo velle tholu rombe osathi maari.” But, if an Indian guy with dark skin rejects a dark Indian girl, it’s, “Avan ethirpaathe alavukku anthe ponnu ille.” The ones who lose out here are both fair and dark Indian girls.
Also, even if a fair skinned Indian girl is fat or has blunt facial features she is still considered more beautiful than a slim and sharp face featured but with dark skin colour Indian girl in most cases.
I have a dark skinned sister and cousin sister and I’ve seen what they went through just because their skin colour is dark – equally dark and darker than them Indian guys rejecting them because they are dark. Now, my sister-in-law’s younger sister is being rejected by arang, karichatti, thagara dappa Indian guys on the pretext that her dark skin colour is not pulchritude. Yup, it is only fair that if Indians think Indian girls with dark skin colour as unsightly then it’s the same for Indian guys with dark skin.
I know for a fact that there are Indians who don’t care about the skin colour of their future spouse as capability, capacity, education, character and independence level assume priority but they are constantly scrutinised and judged especially if the girl is darker than the guy. I overheard one Indian aunty in a wedding where the groom was fairer than the bride saying, “Ivalo karuppana ponnuku, ivalo seghepanne mappilai. Enna vasiyam pannalo..” This type of mentality needs to change. Love shouldn’t come by skin colour – it should come from the heart. Dark skin can be bleached but is there a bleach for dark hearts?
And, in weddings, makeup for Indian brides with dark skin colour is motivated by only one aim – to make the girl appear as fair as possible, ending up making the face of the girl white while the rest of her body parts are of a different, darker skin colour. Even Maybelline Malaysia 100 years promo clip spurned dark skin colour = Indian women – there were no dark skinned ladies featured in that clip that represents Malaysian women – last I checked, Malaysian women come in all types of skin colours. Is fair skin colour only beautiful? My F****** Foot la wei!
Conclusively, skin colour doesn’t account for character – all skin tones are BEAUTIFUL so stop this skin colour bias and hypocrisy PEOPLE!! Make your voices heard!!