Upper caste = Fair skin = touchable. Lower caste = dark skin = untouchable…
Tannishtha Chatterje Talks About Getting Roasted For Her Dark Skin On A Popular TV Show Comedy Night Bachao.
Tannishtha Chatterje was on a popular comedy show to promote her upcoming film, Parched. After a few segments, she decided to walk out because her skin colour was the topic of a twisted discussion by the host. Following which, she took to Facebook and wrote a long post.
“Something shocked me out of my wits yesterday. I was invited as a guest to a popular comedy show called Comedy Nights Bachao to promote my latest release Parched with my director Leena yadav and my co-actor Radhika Apte. I was told that the flavor of the show is COMEDY and the purpose is to roast, humor, and offend. My perception of roast was formed by all the SNLs I watched over the years, and the commonly held perception that a roast is a celebratory humour at someone’s expense . It is a mock counter to a toast. I was actually looking forward to be roasted. And then the show began. And this was an entirely novel understanding of roast that equates itself with bullying. To my utmost horror, I soon realized that the only quality they found worth roasting about in me was my skin tone.” wrote Tannishta
“It began with “Aap ko jamun bahut pasand hoga zaroor… kitna jamun khaya aapne bachpan se?” And went on in that direction. The only thing they could roast about a dark-skinned actress was of course her dark skin.
“When I told the organizers why I felt, they said, “But we told you it is a roast!” I explained to them the common perception of roast and how it is different from bully.
“Why does skin tone still lend itself to jokes? How is it funny to call someone dark? I don’t get it. In an India of 2016 I still have to be apologetic about my skin tone? What is this white-skin hangover? Where does all our pride as a nation go away when it comes to the acceptance that most of us have a darker skin tone?”
A spokesperson for Colors TV responded to Ms Chatterjee’s post on Facebook saying that they would ensure the episode aired would be free of offensive content and that channel management had ‘taken this up seriously’ with the makers of Comedy Nights Bachao.