Mukesh Khanna defends himself after backlash on #MeToo remarks
The Shaktimaan and Mahabharat actor took to Twitter to say that his words were "perceived in an extremely wrong way"
After the backlash that followed his remarks on #MeToo, Shaktimaan and Mahabharat actor Mukesh Khanna defended his remarks in a statement. The actor took to Twitter to say that his words were "perceived in an extremely wrong way."
Earlier, in a clip from a recent video interview, Mukesh opined that the role of a woman is to take care of the household. “The problem of #MeToo began when women started working. Today, women talk about walking shoulder-to-shoulder with men,” Mukesh was heard telling The Filmy Charcha.
The actor’s statements were roundly criticised on social media and many expressed disappointment with their childhood superhero.
In a series of tweets denying his remarks, Mukesh also said, "I am surprised that my statement has been perceived in an extremely wrong way, and is being looked at in a totally flawed context. The whole thing has been blown out of proportion. It's being said that I am against women."
चाहे वो डिफ़ेन्स मिनिस्टर हो, फ़ाइनैन्स मिनिस्टर हो , विदेश मंत्री हो या स्पेस हो हर जगह नारी ने अपना परचम लहराया है। तो मैं नारी के काम करने के ख़िलाफ़ कैसे हो सकता हूँ। उस इंटर्व्यू में मैं सिर्फ़ नारी के बाहर जाकर काम करने से क्या दिक़्क़तें आ सकती हैं उस पर रोशनी डाल रहा था।— Mukesh Khanna (@actmukeshkhanna) October 31, 2020
"If my statement has upset or hurt any woman, then I am really saddened that I haven't been able to put across my thoughts in a more cohesive, correct manner," added Khanna, who is best known for playing the titular character in the Doordarshan's superhero show Shaktimaan.