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Exclusive: Tannishtha Chatterjee talks about racism in Indian media and society

Tannishtha Chatterjee talks about race issues in Indian media in an exclusive interview on WION's Konversation show Photograph: (WION)

WION New Delhi, India Sep 29, 2016, 06.42 AM (IST) WION Edge

Internationally acclaimed actress Tannishtha Chatterjee expressed deep resentment in a Facebook post after being mocked for her dark skin at a comedy TV show.

She was appearing to promote her film, Parched, alongside co-star Radhika Apte and director Leela Yadav. In the Facebook post she says that, while she was informed about the Comedy show's concept of "roasting" people, she was not prepared for the skin-tone shaming. The actress was called "kaali kalooti" (meaning dark skinned in a demeaning, rude way) and asked if she was eating jamun (black plums) since childhood because of which "mooh kala hai" (her face is black).

In this unreleased episode of WION's Konversations show, she explores the topic of racism in India:

 

 

Here is the original Facebook post:

(WION)

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