We saw Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra graced the couch on Karan Johar’s popular chat show, Koffee With Karan 8. The episode, which premiered at midnight, has been generating buzz for various reasons. Among the revelations and anecdotes shared on the show, a particular clip has caught the attention of social media users, with many interpreting it as a subtle jab at the perceived artificiality of Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s abdominal muscles.
In the realm of cinema, the discussion surrounding the authenticity of actors’ physique remains a recurring topic. Several film stars have faced criticism for allegedly relying on visual effects and computer-generated imagery (VFX/CGI) to enhance their appearance in action sequences and showcase toned physiques.
Following the episode’s broadcast, a Reddit user shared a clip on the platform where actor Varun Dhawan appears to make a subtle remark about the use of VFX to enhance on-screen physiques. When asked by Karan Johar if he believes he possesses the best body in Bollywood, Dhawan responds, “No. I think VFX creates the best body.” This remark quickly sparked online discussions, with netizens drawing comparisons to previous instances of Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan being criticized for their on-screen physiques, particularly in films like “Tiger Zinda Hai,” “Sultan,” and “Happy New Year,” respectively.
In response to the video, a user commented, “Can you name any actors who don’t use VFX? Ranbir, Salman, SRK, Akshay, Sunny… Everyone does it. No offense, but even Kareena used VFX to hide her baby bump, which is totally fine.”
Another user quipped, “Look who’s talking! Why doesn’t he use VFX to make himself at least taller than his heroines?”
A third user questioned, “Why drag SRK into this? Check out the behind-the-scenes footage of ‘Jhoome Jo Pathan’; he even showed off his abs in a live show at Google headquarters with Sundar Pichai.”
A fourth user added, “There was a whole viral video of Salman’s abs being manipulated by the VFX team for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai,’ if I remember correctly. But that doesn’t mean everyone relies on VFX.”