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Shobhita Dhulipala estimates that the beauty business is still influenced by colonial hangovers and the idea that lighter eyes are more attractive.

Regarding beauty standards, Shobhita Dhulipala has said that there is a ‘colonial hangover’ in our film business. Shobhita, in an interview with The Quint, discussed her early days in the film industry and her efforts to change her image.

In an interview, Sobhita commented, “When I was auditioning for advertisements, the concept of beauty was a bit narrow-minded. And yes, at that age, I did not have the maturity to question his decision. But I was looking for ways to improve myself in order to get a job.

She further said that she considers herself lucky to have got roles like Made in Heaven, where she played Tara, a middle-class woman who is not expected to have conventional beauty. She also praised director Zoya Akhtar for her decision to cast someone beyond the norms of beauty.

When asked if she was troubled by such prejudice, Shobhita revealed that it actually motivated her to improve her character and make more meaningful decisions in life.

Can you define “standard beauty”?

When she was asked if she knew what traditional beauty was, she questioned her knowledge. “I don’t even know what traditional beauty is; Perhaps bright eyes are ideal. There is a colonial ideal of beauty, although I don’t know how many Indians hold it or whether it is truly representative of the majority. I, as a member of the audience, was unable to sympathize. A lot of my sculptures always look different from this.”

She further said, “I can’t put her in a neat little box, like you did with Vyjayanthimala. Sorry, Rekha ji. Tabu, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra, Smita Patil, Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi. So many women. They all had style, charisma, sexiness, charm and personality. I didn’t think his appearance was a hindrance to his achievement, and he was a great source of inspiration to me.

Shobhita emphasized that she is now confident in herself and works hard to be authentic rather than conforming to anyone. She also reflected on how reassuring it was as a young girl to see “the South Indianness of Deepika Padukone’s beauty in Om Shanti Om”. He also said that “now more than ever” people of color should be celebrated.

Shobhita started her acting career with Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0, but it was in Zoya Akhtar’s web series Made in Heaven that she really found her identity. The first two seasons of the show have received positive reception on Prime Video. Sobhita’s most recent appearance was in the American version of the British series The Night Manager 2 on Prime Video.

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