Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: In an incident that can now spin-off a major IPL controversy a fan uploaded on youtube a leaked “hidden cam” footage of KKR dressing room prior to the MI vs KKR match, where several players were seen using “mardo waali” fairness creams and constantly looking at their faces in the mirror. Players were also seen comparing their faces to the “multi skin-shade strip” and feeling more and more confident about their skin tone which apparently directly relates to their performance in field.
Although SRK has not been spotted in the video, his stammering voice could be easily distinguished in the background instructing players to be a “man” and not to use “aurton waali” fairness creams as ladies skin is soft like that of Scarlett Johansson and men’s skin is like that of Hulk. During the later part of the footage he was also heard endorsing several other products such as chyavanprash, pan-masala and high-end wrist watches to the team, all aiming to boost morale and performance of players in the field.
Among other objectionable content captured in the video the usage of these performance enhancing products has been found to be most unlawful by lawyers who have seen this footage. Senior advocate and Public Interest Litigation (PIL) specialist, Mr. Jagdeesh Patrick commented on the whole issue in detail:
“I file 13 PILs every week on various socio-political and economic issues and this is a grave case of breach of sporting integrity and breaking of fan trust. You can’t just use fairness creams and boost your confidence, while fans and viewers think you are playing on your own merit. I think law is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of performance enhancing drugs and fairness creams can be easily interpreted as PE drugs. At minimum I see a ban for next 20 IPL matches for the whole team, at maximum it may attract disqualification from all forms of cricket. We are working on re-interpreting the law in this case and will file a PIL soon.” – Mr. Patrick quipped.
While Mr. Patrick is quite confident on his allegations, cricket experts have rubbished the whole issue as a failed attempt to gain mileage out of an illegally shot video. SRK himself has also called the video a complete hoax as the brands he generally endorses in dressing room are not the ones mentioned in the video.