Dibyendu Bhattacharya accuses Indians of Racism

Dibyendu Bhattacharya claimed that Indians have become racist. He said that darker-skinned actors do not get as many roles.

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"I think Indians have become very racist."

Television and film star Dibyendu Bhattacharya accused Indians of being racist.

In an interview, the Poacher star stated that while he is always prepared to work with diligence, he knows that he is not going to get work in high-budget projects:

“I do whatever work I get.

“I don’t have any aspiration of starring in a Rs. 500 crore film.

“I don’t get offered such kind of parts. But whatever I get, I do it diligently.

“I think Indians have become very racist. The racism outside of India is very clear but they want to get out of it.

“They are embarrassed of their racism. It is a global issue.

“I was once watching a show called Shri Krishna on TV.

“And they cast a fair-skinned man as Krishna and I thought this is their talent that they have made Krishna fair-skinned.”

Dibyendu Bhattacharya then quoted a line from Swades (2004).

He likened the dialogue to the idea that racism will never end:

“There was a very good dialogue in Swades. ‘Jo kabhi nahi jaati usi ko kehte hain jaati’ (The things that never go are told to go).

“These things will never leave us.”

Dibyendu has not been the only Indian celebrity to claim that their skin colour proved to be an obstacle in working in the entertainment industry.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas spoke about how fair-skinned actors were promised more work.

The actress added that despite being fair-skinned, she observed this discrimination:

“When I joined the movie business, if you were fair you were guaranteed some form of success or casting.

“But if you were darker, I’m not even that dark, for darker girls it was, ‘let’s lighten you up’.”

In August 2023, while promoting Goldfish (2023), Kalki Koechlin also explained how she felt her skin colour affected her roles.

She said: “Anyway, there are few roles for someone like me in the industry since the colour of my skin limits my roles in Bollywood.

“[Goldfish] being about the identity of a half-Indian, half-Britisher was something I knew I was cut out for.”

Dibyendu has had an extensive career both in film and television.

He has featured in acclaimed movies such as Dev D (2009) and Pari (2018).

His television appearances include Sacred Games (2018), The Railway Men (2023) and Poacher.

In Poacher, Dibyendu Bhattacharya played Neel. The series is executive produced by Alia Bhatt.



Manav is a creative writing graduate and a die-hard optimist. His passions include reading, writing and helping others. His motto is: “Never hang on to your sorrows. Always be positive."

Image courtesy of Dibyendu Bhattacharya Instagram.






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