If you are Karan Johar and Akshay Kumar, you can get away with anything. Or so it seems after watching Good Newzz, the posh year-end comedy from Johar’s Dharma Production which casts Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan as a couple desperate to have a child .
In a sequence where Akshay’s character is required to produce a semen sample, he calls up his screen wife Kareena to help him with the needful,.
“Talk dirty to me,” he commands his wife.
When she cuts him short saying she is interviewing Katrina(Kareena plays a journalist) Akshayquips, “If not you, then put Katrina on the line.”
Apparently Katrina, an old co-star friend of Kumar, was informed about the reference.
But does that make it right.
According to former chairperson of the Central Board Of Film Certification(CBFC) PahlajNihalani, the rules clearly state that there should be no reference to any persons living who are a public figure, without their official consent.
“I doubt the CBFC has received a letter from Katrina giving her permission for her name to be used .It is therefore not allowed,” says Nihalani.
But then Katrina is currently shooting with Akshay for Sooryavansh, probably pretending to have a good laugh over the risqué reference.And therein lies the problem with an industry that worships power and success even at the cost of decency.