‘The Family Man 2’ Creators Raj And DK React To Samantha Akkineni’s Brownface Criticism

Samantha Akkineni
Samantha Akkineni as Raji in a still from The Family Man 2

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.”

While the other said, “Not taking away from anyone’s performance in Family Man but did they really have to do a brown face?”

Some users wrote that a brown face is a disaster:

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.”

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.

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