Akshay's Toilet: Ek Prem Katha takes a dig at Hrithik Roshan's 'extra thumb'

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In a scene, Akshay and his on-screen brother Divyendu Sharma are seen staring at a hoarding of Hrithik.

Apparently, Akshay assured the CBFC that Hrithik has been taken into confidence and that he could see the lighter side of the “joke

Considering Hrithik Roshan and Akshay Kumar are neighbours and very good friends, one wonders what made Akshay want to joke about Hrithik’s extra thumb.

For those who haven’t seen Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Hrithik’s reference comes in when Akshay must produce a prospective bride with an extra thumb before his tradition-bound father Sudhir Pande. In a scene, Akshay and his on-screen brother Divyendu Sharma are seen staring at a hoarding of Hrithik. Divyendu volunteers. “Maybe we should ask him. He may know someone like that (with an extra thumb).”

What is the implication here? That people who are specially-abled hang out together? If that is the assumption, then it’s a very crude viewpoint to adopt in a film that purports to be progressive and reformative. Most importantly, doesn’t the CBFC ask for NOCs before clearing the mention of any real person in a film?
Apparently, Akshay assured the CBFC that Hrithik has been taken into confidence and that he could see the lighter side of the “joke.” But the audience certainly can’t.

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