"Admit that we are racist:" Gohar Rasheed on troubling trend of fair complexion in showbiz

"Admit that we are racist:" Gohar Rasheed on troubling trend of fair complexion in showbiz

The ‘Laal’ actor stated that "fair complexion and toxic masculinity are prevalent criteria in the subcontinent's entertainment industry
"Admit that we are racist:" Gohar Rasheed on troubling trend of fair complexion in showbiz

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2 Feb 2024

Renowned actor Gohar Rasheed shed light on the troubling trend in the entertainment industry, asserting that nowadays, having a fair complexion alone is sufficient for pursuing acting, and individuals resorting to expensive injections to achieve fairness can secure roles quickly.

“The Legend of Maula Jatt” actor emphasised, with a touch of criticism, that having a fair complexion could be the sole determinant in securing favourable opportunities in the entertainment industry.

"Regardless of one's acting abilities, a person will be cast based on their fair complexion," he maintained.

According to Gohar Rasheed, an individual with fair skin may not be aware of their acting abilities, “but the production house recognises their talent and informs them of their proficiency in acting.”

"After the fair complexion injection, the person's journey to becoming an actor begins, and they are offered a variety of roles," he said.

The ‘Laal’ actor stated that "fair complexion and toxic masculinity are prevalent criteria in the subcontinent's entertainment industry," claiming that these traits "sell."

He urged acknowledging biases and confronting the reality of racism within our nation, asserting, "We must admit that we are a racist nation.”

When asked about how long it took him to realise he doesn't fit conventional beauty standards, Gohar replied, "I used to mention I wasn't conventionally good-looking, but I have realised that I am the most conventional.”

Expanding on his point, he said, "Conventional is what's most common, and I believe I relate with most people,” suggesting that his persona aligns with the common societal norm, in contrast to individuals who stand out primarily due to their exceptionally good looks, especially due to their fair complexion.

“People with fair complexions are unconventional and unique,” Gohar stated. 

Numerous actors in the entertainment industry have acknowledged that their fair complexion played a role in securing opportunities, whereas several others have confessed to facing initial rejections due to their darker complexion.

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