New Delhi: Model-actress Esha Gupta has a large social media following that follows all of her posts. Recently, the actress discussed how Bollywood is obsessed with fair skin and how she was asked to use make-up to make her dark skin appear lighter.
Esha Gupta told Bollywood Hungama, “I remember, initially, when I came, there were some actors who I hadn’t even worked with… But then they approached me and said, ‘Tu apna makeup thoda kaala karti hai, gora kiya kar (Your makeup is very dark, you should lighten it)’, and I was like, ‘Dude, what?’
“There were also makeup artists who would always try to make me look fair, and then they’d have to paint my entire body because my body doesn’t match my face.” So now I’m resembling a clown. “I’ve done two multi-starrers, and they told me, ‘You’re the sexy one,’ because black, which is considered black in our country, can only be sexy or negative, and fair skin has to be the girl next door and sharif,” she recalled.
On the work front, Esha will be seen in the thriller series Nakaab, which she is currently promoting, alongside Mallika Sherawat and Gautam Rode.
Soumik Sen is the director of Nakaab.