11 December, New Delhi
Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor says she faces discrimination whenever she travels abroad and terms it as part of human nature to judge people on the basis of “brown skin”.
“I’ve faced discrimination in different countries always. They see brown skin and they judge you already. That’s the way it is,” Sonam said at a session of Agenda Aaj Tak on Friday here.
When asked for her opinion on Bollywood supertstar Aamir Khan’s intolerance remark and the controversy over Pakistani artists performing in India, Sonam shared: “Intolerance is a very broad term. Certain issues have always been there.”
“I don’t understand India-Pakistan politics at all, but if people of our country can work everywhere, I don’t think that there is anything wrong in people from anywhere else to work in our country. Whether it’s Pakistan, US, Paris or England – anybody has right to work everywhere,” she added.
The “Khoobsurat” star said people’s attitude changes on the basis of physical appearances.
“People automatically treat you differently. If they see a pretty girl, they treat her differently… But at the same time they judge you in a different way… They feel you are always in ‘parda’ or your parents are very conservative.”
“We also do the same. A lot of my friends think that white skin are prudes. So there is always judgement for all kind of people,” she added.
Sonam, who was last seen on-screen in “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” alongside Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, said politics should not “enter” the frame of art and sports.
“It (politics) should never enter that. They all should be different fields. So the fact that I’ve worked with Fawad Khan in ‘Khoobsurat’, who I think is a brilliant artist, is completely different from the fact that he is a Pakistani,” she said.
So does she feel that there is intolerance in the country?
The daughter of actor-producer Anil Kapoor said that “intolerance has always been there”.
“We have seen all kinds of nightmares happen in the past 60 years and it’s intolerence on different levels.”
Sonam added: “We have too many religions in our country. We have too many languages, but at the same time there have always been stereotypes and judgements. The fact that people are aware about it and there are dialogues happening on it, is a very healthy atmosphere.”