Salim Ghouse was the victim of colour prejudice: Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal who had the opportunity to work with actor Salim Ghouse who passed away on April 29, a number of time, feels the actor deserved a lot more, especially in the commercial cinema

Actor Salim Ghouse

“But you know how it is in our film industry as well as in the wider social hierarchy. We suffer from a massive colour prejudice. We boast of plurality in skin pigmentation. But when it comes down to actual facts we suffer from a massive skin phobia. I guess that is what came in the way of Salim’s success in commercial Hindi cinema. Otherwise he was a very good actor,” says Benegal who worked with Ghouse repeatedly in films like Sardari Begum and Well Done Abba and of course the historic serial Bharat Ek Khoj on Doordarshan.

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