PANJAMI raises her face from behind the camera just as her friend, who is in front of it, says, “If you apply this paste for a month, you will be fair.” She whispers to her friend to add the “subscribe to this channel” line.
At home, in the kitchen, she has the paste on her face and cooks dinner with her mother. Her sister teases her and her father asks for black tea. “It is because you always drink black tea that I turned dark,” Panjami says, but does not seem upset about it.
That’s what first catches your attention in Kaakka, a 30-minute Malayalam short film that’s been getting a lot of appreciation for its take on beauty concepts.
Though Panjami, played by Lakshmika Sajeevan, talks about her dark skin and the protruding teeth, she goes about her life merrily, squabbling with her sister into the night and chatting with her friends. Pretty much like another young woman her age.