Women's activists and the moral police are up in arms against a
scene in Badrinath Ki Dulhania in which Varun Dhawan's clothes are
torn off in a dark alley and Alia Bhatt rescues him by covering his
modesty by using her dupatta and everyone shares a hearty laugh at
the joke which is presented in a light hearted manner.
However, not everyone took the joke lightly and have targeted
producer Karan Johar and director Shashank Khaitan for cracking
jokes on a sensitive topic like molestation, whichever gender it
might be. In his defence, Shashank Khaitan said that he did not
trivialise or ridicule the crime and said that his intention was
just to showcase the actor's plight and helplessness in the scene
in a comical way. He said,
"The intent was to show Badri's character at an all-time low.
Emotionally he was down and out. Vaidehi (Bhatt) had stripped him
of his 'mardangi' when she asked him to call his father and he
couldn't. He was emotionally defenceless and was unable to even
protect his physical 'izzat'. The humour was to comfort and not
trivialise the issue."
Shashank Khaitan also pointed out that such scenes in Aamir
Khan's 3 Idiots were made skillfully but if misinterpreted,
everything looks offensive. He said, "One of the most legendary
scenes in recent times is Raju Hirani's 3 Idiots scene. If taken in
the wrong spirit, even that can seem offensive."