Barbara Mori's Kites may have failed to soar in the Bollywood skies, but she'd be glad to know that there are some who are willing to fight for her dignity.A character played by Ashish Chaudhary in Indra Kumar's Double Dhamaal, reportedly a spoof on the Latin actress, has been severely criticised by the Censor Board for its insensitivity. In the film Ashish calls himself Barbara Hori and dresses in drags.While Indra has been asked to delete the word Hori as it made to sound offensive, Ashish, who has used prosthetics and silicone implants to give definition to his character, will be called Barbara Gori.A source claims, naming the character Hori was a mistake on Inder's part. "The way the name is pronounced in the film, makes it sound really offensive. It was blasphemous, to say the least. The objection from the Censor Board was expected."The Censor screening was presided by the CEO of the Censor Board, Pankaja Thakur. Did Indra imagine he would get a clean chit? Indra claims, "Not at all. It was not intentional."
When contacted, Thakur said, "There is no question of U or A certificate here. It's not a sexual comedy scene where a filmmaker wants to retain it for some reason. This 'Barbara Hori' just couldn't stay.You are talking about a woman's dignity here and not about a Hollywood or Bollywood heroine. I cannot allow this to pass." Taking potshots at a living person will not be tolerated, says Thakur, adding, "Ashish's get up and the Spanish dialect made it very evident who he was referring to."Ashish and a few other actors had to redub all the dialogues where the name Barbara Hori crops up. "It was a tough job. But Censor Board was adamant even with an A certificate, as it amounts to showing a Hollywood actress in very bad light," added the source.The filmmaker seems to have been chastened suitably. "I want to thank the Censor Board, especially Pankaja Thakur, for showing me the right path. Double Dhamaal is a family film and it is better if there is nothing objectionable in it," he added.
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