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Konkona Sen Opens Up About Her Struggles, Says External Validation Not Important

In an industry where preference for lighter skin is dominant and fair actors often bag roles for their skin tone, Konkona Sen too felt she wouldn’t get roles because she didn’t “fit in”.

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THAT Bollywood has played a key role in dissing any colour which isn’t the conventional ‘white’ isn’t really a secret. For years, actors have promoted “fairness creams” and other skin lightening products with the promise that they too can realize their dreams of achieving fame and success by getting one shade better.

In an industry where preference for lighter skin is dominant and fair actors often bag roles for their skin tone, Konkona Sen too felt she wouldn’t get roles because she didn’t “fit in”.

In her recent interview with Film Companion, the actor said that she too had to struggle in the early stages of her career to look in a particular way. “I’ve been acting for twenty years and I’ve struggled in the early part of my career to look a certain way or to fit in. It’s great in a way because it has helped me not seek external validation. I feel we have a very narrow focus on what’s desirable and it’s nice to be able to talk about this.”

Actress-director Konkona Sen Sharma has been receiving a lot of applause for her short film in the streaming anthology Lust Stories 2 which is streaming on Netflix.

For the unversed, Konkona’s short film, which stars Tillotama Shome and Amruta Subhash as the lead characters, explores female gaze and voyeurism.

Sharing her thoughts on the existing stereotypes around women and their need for sexual and romantic pleasure, Konkona Sen Sharma said, “Very often, the bodies that are allowed to feel the sexual/romantic pleasure are very limited because usually they have to be thin, fair, rich and young – that was the fourth factor. So usually only those kinds of bodies are allowed to desire and also there have been certain limitations in terms of how people from different economic backgrounds are portrayed.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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