That’s the line from Kareena Kapoor’s Heroine that seems to have the whole of Dubai up in arms these days. In the film’s recently released trailer Kareena’s character lashes out at the way journalists make assumptions and start rumors about actresses—”and god forbid, if she goes to Dubai you people make her a rate card.”
The term “rate card” is in reference to stories of Bollywood actresses traveling to Dubai to have sex with wealthy businessmen there for money. Of course not every star who pops over to Dubai for the weekend is there for anything untoward—but the stereotype exists for a reason.
Many in Dubai got offended by the line, and now it appears that Heroine director Madhur Bhandarkar, conscious of the fact that his film is hoping to do extremely well at the Dubai box office, is caving to the reactionary, easily offended masses by censoring his own film.
In order to not lose money in the Dubai market, Bhandarkar is making sure a new version of the trailer, with the line deleted, will be released, and when the film is shown in Dubai theaters Kareena Kapoor’s speech will be dubbed over with something more palatable to these knee-jerk whiners.
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