Veteran actor Mukesh Khanna found himself in hot waters for his misogynist remarks on the MeToo saying the movement began after women started stepping out for work. "Aurat ka kaam hai ghar sambhalna (The job of a woman is to take care of the house). Problem kahaan se shuru hue hai #MeToo ki jab auraton ne bhi kaam karna shuru kar diya (The problem of #MeToo began when women started working). Aaj aurat mard ke saath kandhey se kandha milane ke baat karti hai (Today, women talk about walking shoulder-to-shoulder with men)," Khanna had said in a video which has now gone viral on social media.
The comment made by Mukesh Khanna, who is best known for playing the desi superhero Shaktimaan on the small screen, left many netizens furious including Yeh Hai Mohabbatein
actress Divyanka Tripathi.
Unleashing her wrath on Khanna, Divyanka called the actor's views regressive and outdated while condemning his remarks about women and the MeToo movement. "How regressive & outdated is that! It's cringeworthy when people at respectable positions make such remarks.
Misogyny may be a result of a traumatic memory or past. That's the only benefit of doubt I can think of. With due respect - I condemn this statement of Mukesh ji!" she tweeted.
After facing backlash for reportedly saying that the MeToo movement began after women started stepping out for work, veteran actor Mukesh Khanna has issued a statement in his defense.
According to him , his words were "perceived in extremely wrong way". "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.
"But I can say with confidence that not many have as much respect for women as I do. I never said that women shouldn't work," he added.
Khanna denied making misogynist remarks.
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