B-Town shows support for Tannishtha over jokes on skin tone


Bollywood stars like Ajay Devgn, Nandita Das and Hansal Mehta have rallied behind actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, who has publicly slammed a TV comedy show for making fun of her skin colour in the name of roast.

As a part of the promotions for her film “Parched”, Tannishtha along with director Leena Yadav and co-star Radhika Apte went to show “Comedy Nights Bachao”.

The 35-year-old actress, in a Facebook post, wrote about her frustration with the way her dark skin tone was made fun of.

Ajay, who has produced “Parched”, said, “There has to be a limit. I have not seen it (episode). I need to see to comment correctly on it. Sometimes sense of humour goes overboard, there has to be limit.

“We all have sense of humour and we all accept jokes on self. The person who cracks the jokes has to draw a line.

I think the mindset needs to change;” he told reporters at an event here.

Das, who has been outspoken about the issue in the past as well, tweeted, “To be sexist, racist, regressive is just not funny. It is not cool. These days prejudices seem to surface more…”

Mehta narrated one of his experiences related the to colour prejudice, saying nothing has changed.

“In 1994 one of my first short films was rejected by a TV channel not because the story was too dark but because the actors were too dark. Nothing has changed as is obvious with @TannishthaC in a so-called ‘comedy’ show. But @TannishthaC nothing to despair about. Indian television does not deserve you,” wrote Hansal on his Twitter page.

Director Rensil D’Silva re-tweeted Tannishtha’s post about the incident.

(With inputs from PTI)


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