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This Actress Called Out The Jokes That "Comedy Nights Bachao" Made About Her Dark Skin

"In an India of 2016 I still have to be apologetic about my skin tone? What is this white-skin hangover?"

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Actors Tannishtha Chatterje and Radhika Apte were invited to the show earlier this week to promote their film, Parched. Chatterje later wrote a Facebook post about how she was disturbed by the content of the jokes made in the “roast”.

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She added:


"When I told the organisers what I felt, they said, “But we told you it is a roast!” I explained to them the common perception of roast and how it is different from bully. That there is no humour value in a joke about someone's physical attributes especially one that stems from deep prejudices. I don’t think they got it. Some friends also told me don’t take it so seriously, it’s just a comedy. I think that’s what the show also thinks. It’s all fun and games! Except there is nothing funny about this. Precisely because in a country where we still sell Fair & 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 colour 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 marginalised — making fun of it is not roast. Even considering that dark skin is a joke comes from that very deep prejudice. And I tried to explain why this is not personal and it is a larger issue about what our mindset is. And why cracking jokes about deep biases in our society is irresponsible. And that it is not a question about apologising to me, but propagating this idea and continuing with this mindset in the name of comedy is what is hugely problematic, especially because it is a popular show on a nationalised channel."