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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."