Parched movie star “Tannishtha Chatterjee” joked as “Kaali Kalooti”
It’s 2016 and the folks at Color’s Comedy Nights Bachao Taaza still think that calling someone ‘kaali kalooti’ or asking if eating jamuns (blackberries) as a kid is the reason why she is dark-skinned is funny.
This is exactly what happened on the sets of the comedy show that actress Tannishtha Chatterjee was invited to, along with actress Radhika Apte and director Leena Yadav, for the promotion of their latest film Parched. In a long post on her Facebook page, the actress wrote: “I was told that the flavor of the show is comedy and the purpose is to roast, humor, and offend. My perception of roasts was formed by all the Saturday Night Live I watched over the years, and the commonly held perception that a roast is celebratory humor at someone’s expense. It is a mock counter to a toast.”
After sitting through two segments of the show, the National Award-winning actress walked out of the shoot when jokes like ‘kaali kalooti, baingan looti’ didn’t stop. In the post, Tannishtha wrote, “In a country where we still sell Fair and Lovely/Handsome and show adverts where people don’t get jobs because of their complexion, where every matrimonial advert demands a fair bride or groom and the color bias is so strong, in a society which has a deep-seated problem with dark skin, which also has deep roots in our caste system , in a country where dark skin is marginalized — making fun of it is not a roast. Even considering that dark skin is a joke comes from that very deep prejudice”.
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