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Dusky Divas Who Underwent Skin Lightening Treatment

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Whether we want to accept it or not, Bollywood industry is fixated with fair skinned people. Freida Pinto, the Slumdog Millionaire actress has accused Bollywood of being fascinated with white-skinned actors. Freida isn't the first Indian actress to accuse Bollywood of being partial toward fairer-skinned ladies.

Thanks to tremendous growth in the medical and cosmetic industry, the actresses are no longer worried about their dusky complexion. With a simple treatment, a dusky looking actress becomes a fair skinned actress. These skin lightening treatments have been utilised most effectively by our Bollywood actresses. Earlier it was small things like, getting their nose fixed to getting fuller lips. The obsession with perfection increased so much that they went on to get the desired angular faces and silicon implants.

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While the Europeans spend an insane amount of money for fake tans to achieve that dusky-dark look, we Indians cannot get over our age-long mindset to get fairer skin. Fair skin is an obsession that Bollywood hold close to it's heart. This is especially true when you see our Bollywood actresses, who are ready to go to any length to get a fairer looking skin.

Bollywood actresses have left no stone unturned when it comes to enhancing their features by going under the knife. While surgeries to enhance their features are now passe, the latest trend in Bolly-world is skin lightening. If you don't believe us, then we here is a list of Bollywood divas who have undergone the skin lightening treatment. There many that you would have never expected to feature on this list. Take a look, and you will have the proof to justify why they are on our list.

Let's take a look at a few celebs who are rumoured to have undertaken skin whitening treatment...


Just look at the pictures above. Sridevi started her career in films at a very young age as a child artist. However, while Sridevi may have continued acting over the years, she got herself entangled in quite a few controversies for her constant change in physical appearance. From a dark, chubby leading lady in Solva Sawan; Sridevi's transformation as a light skinned woman in her other films is very noticeable. The actress is believed to have gone under the knife for a nose job apart from skin whitening treatment.

Shilpa Shetty

She has been in the limelight for quite some time in spite of remaining aloof from acting. Rumours surround her of having undergone skin lightening treatment, but she has dismissed them casually, calling it her pregnancy glow. Well, we never really knew that pregnancy glow can change your skin colour this extent (and permanently), or can it?


Bhanurekha Ganesan was a dark complexioned, chubby teenager who somehow was forced to work in the big bad world of films. However, the South Indian girl took it upon herself and transformed from what she herself called an "Ugly Duckling" and the Rekha we know today was born. Rekha glows with radiance even today and from someone who once called herself "dark complexioned", she is anything, but that today! Gossip mills have been abuzz with the fact that Rekha went through skin lightening treatment.

Priyanka Chopra

Among the many surgeries and treatments she has undergone, skin lightening treatment is one of them. Compare her recent images to those of her Miss World days, and it is clear that she is a fairer reflection of her former self. It is rumoured that she underwent the treatment sometime in the past four years.


Kajol came under the scanner when rumours of her sudden 'fair' skin started doing the rounds. Kajol has off late been making heads turn for her fairer skin that has had industry people in a tizz. Speculations are rife that the actresses has undergone a skin whitening treatment. One may remember Kajol from her earlier films like Baazigar where one can see her skin tone. While later in films like My Name Is Khan Kajol's skin colour lightened for the screen. However, this change was attributed to make-up and didn't create a stir. It was only at a recent event did gossip mongers concentrate on a rather fair complexioned Kajol.

Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu was voted one of the sexiest woman in Asia for the year 2005 and 2007. She was named as the ‘Dusky Beauty' of Bollywood.She was always quoted as saying "I am dark-skinned and am proud of it". However, hypocrisy slipped out of her nature forced by pity taunts and hurtful comments, and she finally gave in. Sometime in the recent past the actress decided to undergo skin bleaching, and a source close to her confirms of media speculations.

Hema Malini

It is believed that the Dream Girl, Hema Malini too could not be spared by the fair skin syndrome. There are rumours that Hema Malini who sported a wheatish complexion from the beginning of her career, became fair over night! Not that we think, Hema Malini needed any of that, there are speculations that she too took the doctor's help. Hema Malini is also believed to have gotten a face lift later on in life. No wonder Hema Malini's face looks wrinkle free and perfect even at this age!

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