Sara Ali Khan’s unabashed opinions have usually been received well by people because they find them honest and relatable. However, in an interview with Barkha Dutt, her opinion on colourism in India has left Twitterati divided.

During an interview, Sara commented that people can adopt easy fixes to change their skin colour, if they so desired. She also added that skin colour is not something that should ‘define’ a person.

If you wanna be tan, just put some on some bronzer, and if you wanna be fair, put on some powder. It’s not the end of the world, and it shouldn’t define you at all. There is a higher probability and success rate for you to attempt to change yourself, than the world, because they are not going to change.

Colourism is a big issue in Indian society. In fact, fair-skinned’ is one of the most common ‘requirements’ on matrimonial sites. And that’s just one example of how widespread colourism is in India. 

Consequently, certain people believed that Sara’s views were tone-deaf and came from a privileged point of view – because they ignored the widespread bias society subjects dark-skinned people to. 

However, certain people also agreed with her opinion, and added that it’s important to believe in yourself rather than depend on society’s validation (or lack thereof). 

You can watch the complete interview here: 

In a society that continues to believe in, and even promote, illogical ‘beauty standards’, is self-love the solution, or debunking irrational perceptions? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.