Racial Casting in Bollywood Vs. Ordinary Indian

Indians have varying degrees of Caucasoid and Australoid ancestry, and actors in Bollywood tend to come from regions with more of the former. They also use skin bleaching, not just to look younger and more attractive for the screen, but as part of a growing trend in India to appear more Caucasoid.

The difference in phenotype between “enhanced” Bollywood stars and ordinary Indians is visible in these facial composites:


Indian Male
South Indian Male
Bollywood Male
Indian Female
South Indian Female
Bollywood Female



One thought on “Racial Casting in Bollywood Vs. Ordinary Indian

  1. Interesting to think about. In American films it seems we cast the opposite in that if an ethnic actor/actress is needed than the more exotic the features the better unless they are trying to make a Caucasian into an Asian (think David Carradine here). When we portray ourselves, we tend to look for perfect specimens; otherwise we use character and diversity as our guide. Our screens are filled with quite a mixed bag.

    It seems to me it is the same in Japan as it is in India. More diverse countries like the US and UK being different in this regard.

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