Chennai Filmmakers Give A ‘Real’ Makeover To Indian Goddesses
If I had a penny for every time an aunty told me, “Beta, apply a besan and milk ubtan at least twice a week. Rang saaf ho jaayega,” I would be a billionaire! Thanks for ‘caring’, aunty, but I do not really need unsolicited advice regarding my complexion—an ubtan can’t change the way you look.
We have always seen gods and goddesses as milky white in different TV shows and books. But it was not so, earlier. They were portrayed to be dark-skinned—dark blue, in some cases—and slowly their complexion began getting lighter and lighter.
These days, with everybody being obsessed with fairer skin, and advertisements where dark skin is seen as a ‘skin ailment’, a change in mindset in long overdue. This where two Chennai-based filmmakers, Bharadwaj Sundar and Naresh Nil, come in play.
The duo shot a couple of pictures of Hindu deities and the results were amazing:
Divinity has many forms, and colours have been used in various ways to depict the Divine. The jury is out, but in common culture, we still find godliness being depicted through ‘white’ or ‘fair’ skin, right from the small photo of God in the neighborhood store, to the big framed photo hanging inside a house. By depicting Gods we revere as dark-skinned, this initiative aims to celebrate a different view of their divinity, serenity and all pervasive beauty by going beyond perceptions. Dark is not just beautiful, but divine. Production House – Slingshot Creations Concept & Creative Inputs – @monkeyheadatwork, @nithukarnee & @naresh_nil Photography – @naresh_nil Art – @mrkarthikrajkumar Styling – @nithukarnee Makeup & Hair – @rameshsridevi Creative Associate – @samlovemusic89 Copy – @architokes Production Manager – Guna Sekaran Costumer – Selvaraj Post Production Saintart & Sathish Sathya Illustrator – Narendar Asst Photographers – @avinash1414391 & @naveenkrishh Asst Makeup – Mary Special Thanks to Philomin Raj Arosam Media Solutions Monisz Monisha@Diya Vandana Mazan Vagu Mazan Vaishnavi Kannan Suganya Vijayaragavan Vinay Jonathan Srv Saran Aral Ak Selvaraj Jayakannan Gurusamy
Their Instagram post says, “Divinity has many forms, and colours have been used in various ways to depict the Divine. The jury is out, but in common culture, we still find godliness being depicted through ‘white’ or ‘fair’ skin, right from the small photo of God in the neighborhood store, to the big framed photo hanging inside a house.”
They have named the series, ‘Dark is Divine’ and we think it is absolutely fitting!