The first trailer for Hrithik Roshan’s upcoming movie “Super 30” is out and we couldn’t be more astounded with the acting skills, storyline and the way the movie has been directed. Telling the story of Anand Kumar, a teacher who fought long and hard to run his own coaching center for underprivileged kids in Bihar and train them for IIT, the trailer is a dose of reality.
Ending with an epic dialogue “Ab raja ka beta raja nahi banega, uhi raja banega jo haqdar hoga”, the trailer for the movie explores class division and the business of education in our society, yet it has created a controversy of its own.
The trailer shows Hrithik in brown skin, dressed in shabby garb, talking in a somewhat controversial Bihari accent. It also shows CID fame Pankaj Tiwari in a prominent role, trying to make his gold by selling the talent that Hrithik’s character possesses and making a business out of this.
The problem with the trailer was the fact that Hrithik darkened his skin considerably to portray the character and it is the “brownfacing” and the accent that has drawn backlash from people.
The outraged is similar to the one observed in Hollywood in instances when actors such as Jake Gyllenhaal and Scarlett Johansson practiced ‘brownfacing’ for their respective films, Prince of Persia and The Ghost in The Shell. People have taken the fact that a considerably fair actor was cast to play the part of a brown person yet again, to their hearts. The deep seated prejudice in the movie industry against dark skinned actors is nothing new, yet the trailer was a reminder of how far we still have to go.
Though, the acting and the storyline seem to be on point, the outrage hasn’t died down.
The trailer shows the protagonist fighting his way to educate and prepare children who have not dared to dream for a life that seems almost unreachable, telling them how they can be a Marine Biologist, a scientist in NASA and whatever else they want to become. Uttering the iconic dialogue “jab samay ayega to sabse uncha chhalaang hum hi marenge”, which has already become the butt of several memes as does anything of significance in pop culture.
The trailer has left people wondering and thinking about everything that is wrong and right with our society at the same time, where a fair skinned actor is cast to play the part of a significantly brown-er man who is fighting caste and class division in the country.
Watch the trailer here: