Nawazuddin Siddiqui Opens Up About His Childhood Struggles with Fairness Creams
Nawazuddin Siddiqui shared his personal experience growing up with societal pressures and beauty standards. The actor, known for his stellar performances and profound acting skills, revealed that he, too, was influenced by the prevailing obsession with fairness during his youth. In this article, we delve into Siddiqui’s revelation and discuss the broader issue of colorism in the entertainment industry and society at large.
While speaking with Cinema Express, Nawazuddin said that he, too, would apply fairness creams to make his complexion fairer when he was young. “I too grew up applying these fairness creams, expecting miraculous results. In fact, I remember that once, I didn’t even realise that the cream I was using wasn’t Fair and Lovely, but some fake called Fare and Lovely. I spent a lot of time trying to make my skin fairer,. In mainstream Bollywood cinema, is there any really dark actor, male or female? I had an inferiority complex at first. But I guess the good thing is, I realised that since I couldn’t do anything about my face, I would be better start focussing on my craft. I knew I was nothing when it came to my personality or my looks. It took sometime to come out of that trauma, but I’m glad I made that decision.” (also noted here).
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s revelation sheds light on a deep-seated problem in many societies: the obsession with fair skin. He candidly admitted that he grew up applying fairness creams, hoping for miraculous results. This admission resonates with millions of individuals who have been conditioned to believe that fair skin equates to beauty and success. Siddiqui’s honesty is a reminder that even successful and influential personalities are not immune to the societal pressures of conforming to narrow beauty standards.
Changing Perceptions and Celebrating Diversity
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s journey from applying fairness creams to becoming one of the most respected actors in Bollywood highlights the importance of challenging societal norms and embracing one’s unique identity. As a society, it is crucial to move away from the narrow definition of beauty that has plagued us for generations. Embracing diversity in all its forms – be it skin color, body size, or ethnicity – can lead to a more inclusive and accepting world.
In Netflix’s latest movie, “Raat Akeli Hai,” acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui portrays Inspector Jatil Yadav, a righteous cop grappling with mild body image issues. Interestingly, Siddiqui found a personal connection with the character he played on-screen. In real life, the actor shared a commonality with Inspector Jatil Yadav, adding depth and authenticity to his performance in the film. Through his portrayal, Siddiqui not only brought the character to life but also drew from his own experiences, creating a compelling and relatable portrayal of a complex individual.
Discussing his approach to acting in the film, Nawazuddin Siddiqui shared with PTI, “My acting process relies heavily on directors; I place complete trust in them. I approach each role with an open mind, considering myself naive until we delve into the project. Once we start working, I focus on understanding the director’s vision. Moreover, collaborating with exceptional actors elevates my performance, pushing me to improve my craft.” Siddiqui’s dedication to his artistry and his willingness to learn from his collaborators underscore his commitment to delivering compelling performances on screen.
Published by HOLR Magazine.