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Aahana Kumra Faces Backlash over Dark Skin Makeup in Tribute to Cricketer Jhulan Goswami

Image shared by Aahana Kumra on her Instagram

Image shared by Aahana Kumra on her Instagram

Soon after Aahana Kumra's post on Instagram, cricketer Jhulan Goswami responded to it.

Actor Aahana Kumra has come under backlash after she shared a post as her tribute to cricketer Jhulan Goswami’s life, where she is seen wearing dark-face makeup to look like and match the cricketer’s skin tone. “No I’m not promoting any film. This is purely a tribute to a woman I admire the most after spending time with her and learning her whole story about her journey, her hardships and her passion for the sport! (sic),” Kumra wrote in the post on Instagram as she shared her look from the film. Soon after Kumra’s post, Goswami wrote, “Great job keep it up!! (sic).”

As the post became viral, several netizens condemned Kumra’s look as being ‘offensive’ as it reiterated colour stereotypes.

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Earlier, movies like Mary Kom, Haseena Parkar were riled up in similar criticism as several people pointed out as to why the actors with similar physical features were not used and instead popular actors were cast using heavy makeup techniques to match the look.

Kumra has acted in films like Lipstick Under My Burkha and last seen in the SonyLIV original series Sandwiched Forever with Divya Seth and Kunaal Roy Kapoor.

first published:March 22, 2021, 13:32 IST