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The contradictory response to Deepika’s Padmavati look, reveals a lot about our mindset

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • September 25, 2017
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The first look of Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, in her upcoming film Padmavati has been revealed. As with all things Deepika-related, we were all shook by the boldness and beauty in the poster, and there was a huge hue and cry on social media about it, as well, predictably. However, the look reveal did not come without an unusually high number of negative responses, which is quite a departure from the general reaction of audiences to any Deepika look.

Deepika is sporting a unibrow in the poster and is all dusky and glowing, which is a refreshing departure from the way actresses are normally portrayed in films. The trouble is, many can’t seem to be able to handle it. Commenting on how Rani Padmini was a beautiful woman, everyone is talking about the fact that Deepika isn’t “good-looking enough” for the part. There are numerous comments on how she doesn’t look “elegant” or “classy” like Rani Padmini. While this is clearly ludicrous for many reasons, it reveals a great deal about our narrow-minded idea of beauty.

You see, Padmavati, or Rani Padmini, who is being spoken about, is shown with very strong eyebrows in many of the miniature paintings depicting her. To us, that might seem strange in this era of waxing, plucking, bleaching and threading. So, we are quick to reject this look as “ugly” because our modern idea of beauty is based on polar opposite ideals. That’s not all. Many are comparing Deepika to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and saying that Aishwarya should have been given the role of Padmavati, as she is “more beautiful.” Isn’t beauty a subjective thing? Some might think that Aishwarya’s porcelain skin and green eyes are beautiful. The same way, many might think Freida Kahlo’s unibrow is beautiful and unique.

Indian films have always had “fair and lovely” actresses with threaded eyebrows and pale skin. Is it so bad that we get to witness Deepika Padukone in all her dusky, glowing glory, untamed brows and all, for once?

The first look of Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, in her upcoming film Padmavati has been revealed. As with all things Deepika-related, we were all shook by the boldness and beauty in the poster, and there was a huge hue and cry on social media about it, as well, predictably. However, the look reveal did not come without an unusually high number of negative responses, which is quite a departure from the general reaction of audiences to any Deepika look. Deepika is sporting a unibrow in the poster and is all dusky and glowing, which is a refreshing departure from the way actresses are normally portrayed in films. The trouble is, many can't seem to be able to handle it. Commenting on how Rani Padmini was a beautiful woman, everyone is talking about the fact that Deepika isn't "good-looking enough" for the part. There are numerous comments on how she doesn't look "elegant" or "classy" like Rani Padmini. While this is clearly ludicrous for many reasons, it reveals a great deal about our narrow-minded idea of beauty. You see, Padmavati, or Rani Padmini, who is being spoken about, is shown with very strong eyebrows in many of the miniature paintings depicting her. To us, that might seem strange in this era of waxing, plucking, bleaching and threading. So, we are quick to reject this look as "ugly" because our modern idea of beauty is based on polar opposite ideals. That's not all. Many are comparing Deepika to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and saying that Aishwarya should have been given the role of Padmavati, as she is "more beautiful." Isn't beauty a subjective thing? Some might think that Aishwarya's porcelain skin and green eyes are beautiful. The same way, many might think Freida Kahlo's unibrow is beautiful and unique. Indian films have always had "fair and lovely" actresses with threaded eyebrows and pale skin. Is it so bad that we get to witness Deepika Padukone in all her dusky, glowing glory, untamed brows and all, for once?

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