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.