Samantha Akkineni, who played a suicide-bomber, Raji in the recently released web series ‘The Family Man 2’ is again surrounded by the controversy for her brown-face make-up in the series.
Twitter users are offended by the deliberate generalization of skin color. While the show received enormous appreciation and love from the fans, Twitter got outraged by Raji’s attempt to look darker on screen.
A Twitter user wrote, “Apart from the brown face on Samantha, Family Man 2 is acceptable.”
Apart from brown face on samantha family man 2 is acceptable
— Agila ulaga young superstar ⭐⭐ (@TR_lite1) June 5, 2021
While the other said, “Not taking away from anyone’s performance in Family Man but did they really have to do a brown face?”
Not taking away from any ones performance in Family man…but did they really have to do a brown face?
— Mr. Tamborine Man (@RegularRam) June 6, 2021
Some users wrote that a brown face is a disaster:
Okay, I’ll go first. I think the brown face was a disaster. I thought Samantha played Raji brilliantly but perhaps casting a bonafide star took precedence over anything else. Your turn.
— Abhinav Chakraborty (@AbhinavCJ) June 6, 2021
The directors, Raj and DK dismissed the criticism on Samantha’s dark-skin make-up. The duo said that every decision was made while in the service of the character, and they are responsible filmmakers.
Raj in an interview with Film Companion said that this whole thing comes in the context of beauty, where one is trying to say dark skin is not beautiful and fair is. This is not the context here, number one. There is no context of skin beauty in the series. We are all shades of brown. Now, the idea is that if each one is a shade of brown, it’s not about getting a different race to play this (character). It’s not a race thing either. These are the two contexts where it should be looked down upon, and that’s where the main problem is. And we are well aware of it; it’s not like we are irresponsible filmmakers, to propagate something of that kind.”
To which Twitter users responded, “Why hire a fair actress to do a dark skin role.”
Nobody has a problem with Raji having a brown face.
The question is – why hire a fair actress for a role that requires brown skin tone?
Yeh sahi hai. Ask wrong questions and give the makers an out. https://t.co/MbuCyBUpvA
— parvathy simp (@cinemagrinch) June 8, 2021
While some say that they are glad, people are calling out on Family Man, they wrote, “but we’ve been rather blind to brown, black and other variant faces in general.” The user posted some Bollywood film posters, where actors did brown face make-up to look dark.
Am glad that we are calling out brown face in family man.
But we’ve been rather blind to brown, black and other variant faces in general.
An exhibit- pic.twitter.com/arZOgHfdot
— Raj S || রাজ শেখর (@DiscourseDancer) June 5, 2021
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