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Being dusky wasn’t even a topic of conversation in my family, says Apeksha Porwal

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Being dusky wasn’t even a topic of conversation in my family, says Apeksha Porwal

Indians are obsessed with fairness. If you are not fair, you are looked down upon. Pregnant women are even asked to have things like saffron milk or oranges, so that they have a fair child. It is still a big topic of discussion in majority of the households. But Miss Diva 2017 runner-up, Apeksha Porwal says she is lucky that being dusky was never an issue to be talked about at her home.

“I am a dusky girl myself and have always been proud of it. I was privileged to be born in a family where being dusky wasn’t even a topic of conversation. It was the most natural thing ever and my upbringing made me own it. But I look around myself and not everyone has that privilege,” she said.

“I’ve seen girls apply layers of powder to look fairer because they just didn’t feel good enough. I’ve seen parents lament at the birth of a dark daughter because that would mean they’d have to give more dowry, another abominable practice,” she added.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, following the death of George Floyd in the USA, a huge debate about skin colour started doing rounds worldwide. Cosmetic companies, too, received a lot of backlash for promoting a certain skin tone or colour. As a result of that, Hindustan Unilever recently announced that it will remove the word “fair” from its popular product “Fair & Lovely”.

Sharing her opinion on the same, the “Undekhi” actor said, “I think it’s an absolutely great move on Hindustan Unilever’s part to drop the usage of the word ‘fair’ and link success to it in its communication. I definitely hope that other similar brands quickly follow suit. This change is long due, but definitely better late than never.”

“It is finally good to see this move because branding has a deep subconscious influence on consumers. The obsession with fairness is so entrenched in our brains, that I hope we make an effort every single day to make everyone around us feel beautiful, whether fair or dark or white or black, until we completely stamp this discrimination out,” Apeksha signed off.

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Here is why actor Pearl V Puri ditches the flights and drives to Agra from Mumbai to be with his parents

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Here is why actor Pearl V Puri ditches the flights and drives to Agra from Mumbai to be with his parents

Actor Pearl V Puri talks about his experience of travelling from Mumbai to Agra by road, and says that his parents were elated on seeing him, especially his mother who was extremely worried.

With interstate travel now allowed after relaxations in regulations, many are taking the first available opportunity and heading back home to be with their families. TV actor Pearl V Puri also drove from Mumbai to Agra last week, to be with his parents.

While flights are a preferred option for quick travel, Puri chose to take the road. He shares how, along with one of his friend, completed this 24-hour-long drive in his car and reached home safely.

“I don’t think flights are safe right now,” says Puri, adding, “From what I’ve heard, many have been infected while on their way. My parents are old, so I didn’t want to take any chance with their health. We had stocked up on food and other essentials and stopped once or twice in between in unpopulated areas.”

Even though the journey was “tiresome”, it was “worth it” for the Naagin 3 actor, whose parents — Vipin and Pummy Puri — were elated and emotional on seeing him.

“Since the lockdown my mother has been worried about my health. And after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, so much that has been happening around, she was all the more worried and would often end up crying while talking on phone. That was one of the major reasons why I decided to take this journey,” he shares.

For someone like Puri, who often takes trips to his home town whenever he would get spare time in between shoots, this three-month-long lockdown was too much to handle.

“This pandemic has definitely made us realise the importance of families in our lives. That we must coexist with other living being sin nature and show love and respect to all. I might sound philosophical here, but that’s what I felt during these days,” he explains.

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Janhit Mein Jaari: Watch Kettan Singh explain nepotism in the quirkiest way possible

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Janhit Mein Jaari: Watch Kettan Singh explain nepotism in the quirkiest way possible

Kettan Singh is back again with his fabulous show “Janhit Mein Jaari” and the recent episode was dedicated to the most talked about topic “Nepotism”. Titled “Nepotism – A Curse or a Boon”, Kettan talks about dynasty politics as well in the video.

The word nepotism was used popularly for Bollywood, especially after Kangana Ranaut called Karan Johar as the “flag-bearer of nepotism” on his chat show “Koffee With Karan”. It is being talked about again now after the sad demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He was found hanging at his Bandra home on June 14. Post his demise, people from the industry and the netizens said that the “Kai Po Che!” star succumbed to depression as he became a victim of nepotism.

In the beginning of the episode, Kettan said, “This word existed in the dictionary but came into limelight after Kangana Ranaut used it on Karan Johar’s chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’ and called him the flag-bearer of nepotism. And the social media made it viral.”

He explained that the word came from latin words nepos which means nephews and mentioned how nepotism existed even during the times of Ramayan, and even in politics. He also admitted that nepotism is not just limited to India or Bollywood, it happens in Hollywood as well as Western countries. It is not something which is industry specific.

Though he shared some statistics and figures and elaborated more on nepotism, the audience will not once get bored in the nine minute video.

Watch Kettan’s quirky take on nepotism here:

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Flight delay plays spoilsport on Srman Jain’s birthday plans

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Flight delay plays spoilsport on Srman Jain’s birthday plans

TV actor Srman Jain was planning to celebrate his birthday on July 1 with his family in Agra after almost 14 years. However, a last-minute call for shooting in Mumbai, followed by the local airline’s postponing of flight played spoilsport. The Trideviyaan actor was in his hometown, Agra, ever since the lockdown was imposed. “Ever since I moved to Mumbai in 2006, I never got a chance to celebrate my birthday with my family. Everyone was planning to celebrate in a big way this year. I was supposed to catch a flight on July 1 (Srman’s birthday date). As there is no direct flight from Agra to Mumbai, I took a flight from Jaipur, which is the nearest airport. We had a pre-birthday celebration on June 30. We had a family feast, along with a cake-cutting ceremony. When I reached Jaipur, I was informed that the flight was postponed to 2 pm. I had to stay at a family friend’s place in Jaipur, and neither could I celebrate my birthday with my family, nor could I reach on time to resume the shoot.”

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