KANPUR: There is above all certain uncalled for impatience about the colour of the human face. In actual life, the mother is acceptable to the children in whatever hue she is physically standing before them. But the Bollywood world hankers after the fair mothers as has been disclosed by the film actress Seema Pahwa from her own existent experience. The film production houses do not leave the search for a fair complexioned mother in the role. She has supposed to have waited for a decade for securing roles in the Hindi movies only when the small town stories received importance in the Bollywood.
In our society, the quest for fair daughter-in-law is prominently rampant. No family rests with contentment unless it secures a beautiful fair Bahu. However, the matter is different in the film world. There is sought fair mother despite all the tall talks or claims. Progressive thoughts seem to be sidelined at this chance. Whenever the matter is related to the practical thoughts and role offers, the film industry prefers fair skin textured women for mother’s character. When the small town stories took over the films, it was only then dark or shadowy actresses got roles.
This might be because of the fair heroines get older with the time and their market value is pulled out in that differently performed transparent role. The film production houses must be targeting the fans which remain stuck with those yester-year fair-haired heroines. Why does colour distinction in regard to the mother’s role persist in the motion pictures? Are the characterisations not fitting well in darkly tinted mothers? She does give credit to directors like A L Rai for including small city’s story into the films. Tannu Weds Mannu, Dum Laga Ke Haeshha, Aakhon Dekhi, Bareli Ki Burfi and Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan are some of the Hindi films based on such stories.