Bollywood is filled with glamor, and there are many individuals who look stunning. But the sad reality is beneath this glamour world, and there is very little space for actual talented.
Especially for the female actress, no matter how much talented you are. You will always get judged by your looks. Your physical appearance is far more critical in the industry than your acting skills. Many actresses have gone through lip job, nose job and stuff like that and many have rejected the suggestions like these. Among those who denied these suggestions is Deepika Padukone.
In a recent interview with Evening Standard, Deepika was asked about the climate in Bollywood in the wake of the Me Too and Time’s Up campaigns that changed the industry abroad.
Talking about it, she told-
“There’s so much more awareness. Some so many people speak up, and I think in the same way that we see the wheels moving in the right direction globally, I see the same thing happening in India as well.”
She then talked about her initial days, when she was struggling and the suggestions she received and the pressure. She continued,
“There were lots of things I was advised (to do). To get a b**b job, do the beauty pageants. They felt it was the right way to be recognized or picked up by a Bollywood director or producer. It might be an easier way to achieve what you want to achieve. But I haven’t been that person; I’ve always followed my gut.”
We love what she did, and believe that everyone should make decisions like her. However, it’s really a shame that there are these kinds of sectors in Bollywood. There is a lot of talented people, but not many get to see spotlight just because they don’t look good enough. One example of that is Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Even though he is so talented and such a natural actor, it took him so many years to finally get a breakthrough. But honestly, in the end, we should ask ourselves. Don’t we judge what we see and follow people who look good? On social media, some people judge celebrities based on their physical appearance. If there is a demand like that, no wonder producers make such claims.