Exclusive – Sumbul Touqeer on Facing Hardships Because of Her Dark Complexion: Actually She Had Started Believing That If I Have This Skin Tone, I Can Never Be A Hero

Sumbul Touqeer, who has become a household name with her popular TV show, Imlie enjoys a huge fan base. She is acclaimed for her acting skills and dancing prowess and, at just 19 years old, the young actress has managed to buy a house of her own in Mumbai. Sumbul is indeed a true inspiration to many women out there. On this Women’s Day, the actress joined ETimes TV for an exclusive chat and chatted about buying a home at age 19, how she’s been impressed for being “dark-skinned.” Sumbul broke her own negative thoughts of her when she bagged the role of Imlie. Excerpts from the interview:
“I am very happy and this is not only my achievement but it is also my sister’s and my father’s. This house where I am sitting right now is the hard work my father, sister and I have put in over the last 9 years. It is the result of perseverance. This is one of my dreams and I am happy that we were able to make it come true,” said the actress.

Sumbul, who started her career as a child actress, spoke about the struggles she faced with having dark skin, she said, “When I came to Mumbai my interest was never to become an actress. The My goal was to become a dancer but I changed my mind. My early days were very difficult. I started out as a child actor and every time I went to auditions they only wanted fair skinned actors. The requirement was always for blonde child actors. It was very humiliating and offensive. it was something i never liked and i didn’t like it, for me the color of the complexion doesn’t matter, it would have affected him a lot and i had started to believe that if you have dark skin you can’t be a main heroine. , if you see them all, they were mostly honest. I have nothing against anyone, but that’s what I started to believe. But this stereotype broke when I bagged Imlie.”
She added, “Even when I bagged Imlie things didn’t change instantly. People were calling and saying ‘Arre kaisi ladki ko cast kar liya, kaali hai’. I had felt very sick that day and cried a lot but after that” things about broadcast television started to change. Our opening TRP numbers were 2.2 and the number just went up from there it never went down until the time I was a part of it. People forgot how I looked, they just noticed my work. People who didn’t like me also started praising me. I feel like all of this is based on convenience.”

Talking about how she was affected by the negative comments, Sumbul shared, “Yes, I was affected by these comments. My sister has never been affected by these comments because she has fair skin. Kids are affected by these little things, they have Won’t say, but these comments affect them. It also happens in our society that we jokingly comment on the complexion and it stays with the child and they are hurt. He stayed with me and I couldn’t express it. “

The actress, who is currently one of the most popular faces in the television industry, also revealed how the success and love of Imlie from the public have made her regain the lost trust: “I actually started to believe that if i have this skin tone i can never be a heroine.When Imlie was offered to me,i was not convinced that i would get that role,i directly said no and declined the offer at first.Mujhe laga main kya lead role karungi. But they asked me to send audition. Abhi tak ke life ka sabse kharab audition agar koi raha hai Mera Woh wohi tha I gave for Imlie. I didn’t get a call for 2 weeks and then suddenly they called me and they asked me to come for the shoot. I was shocked because the addition was really bad (laughs). From there I gained confidence and when people started loving Imlie, I started to feel confident about myself. Main apne aap kol ekar confident feel karne lagi. I felt that people really loved me the way I am,” she concluded.


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