Color doesn't define beauty: D'Cruz on film 'Unfair & Lovely'
(Sourced from PTI)
Ileana D'Cruz says that her upcoming film Unfair & Lovely, which deals with the obsession with fair skin in the country, is a beautifully written story that deals with the issue sensitively. Set in Haryana, the film also stars Randeep Hooda. It chronicles the story of a dusky woman who faces social prejudice and how she deals with it.
The film marks the directorial debut of Balwinder Singh Janjua, who has served as a screenplay writer on films like Taapsee Pannu-Bhumi Pednekar-starrer Saand Ki Aankh and Mubarakan starring Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor. D'Cruz plays the titular role of Lovely. She says the film will strike a chord with the audience and will hopefully change the conservative mindset of people regarding beauty.
D'Cruz said. "This story is beautifully written. It is not overtly in your face preachy. It is an entertaining fun story that touches upon a very sensitive topic. It gives you the most human perspective to it."
The 33-year-old actress finds the obsession with fair skin bizarre. "Color doesn't define beauty. It is like saying, the sky is not beautiful at night but it is as you get to see stars," D'Cruz said. Backed by Sony Pictures Films India in association with Movie Tunnel Productions, Unfair & Lovely is slated to release this year.
Asked whether the film industry fuels society's obsession for a certain standard of beauty, D'Cruz said that Bollywood has all sorts of women who are equally "loved and are successful." "There is this obsession not in the film industry but more so in the country. I don't know if the film industry has to be blamed for it because we idolize women," she added.
D'Cruz recently featured in The Big Bull where she played the role of a journalist, Meera Rao. Produced by Ajay Devgn and Anand Pandit with Kumar Mangat Pathak and Vikrant Sharma attached as co-producers, the movie, also starring Abhishek Bachchan, Ram Kapoor, Supriya Pathak, Saurabh Shukla, Nikita Dutta, and Soham Shah, released on Disney+Hotstar on April 8.