Twinkle Khanna clarifies her stance while supporting hubby Akshay Kumar in the Mallika Dua controversy
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Twinkle Khanna clarifies her stance while supporting hubby Akshay Kumar in the Mallika Dua controversy

Actor-author Twinkle Khanna, in a Facebook post, has expressed regret for cracking ‘lame jokes’ on stand-up comic Mallika Dua; says her reaction ‘trivialized the cause of feminism’.

bollywood Updated: Nov 03, 2017 18:18 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
Akshay Kumar,Twinkle Khanna,Mallika Dua
Twinkle Khanna has cleared her stance in the recent Mallika Dua- Akshay Kumar controversy via a Facebook post.(Yogen Shah)

Actor-author Twinkle Khanna never shies away from expressing what she feels is right. She has always been appreciated for the clarity with which she discusses societal problems and taboos too. Recently embroiled in a controversy after she came out in support of her husband, actor Akshay Kumar who had allegedly cracked an off-colour joke against stand-up comic Mallika Dua on the sets of a TV reality show, she has now penned down her thoughts in a lengthy Facebook post.

After she faced criticism on Twitter for her post that described Akshay Kumar’s ‘bajata hun’ comment as merely “a pun on the words and actions related to ringing of the bell”, Twinkle is graceful as she admits in the post that her reaction rode on emotions. “ As I reflect on my actions this past week, I realize that I got pulled into this debate not as a social commentator but as a wife and unlike my normal, slightly rational self, my reaction was purely emotional and without perspective, and I have been rather miserable about it ever since”, she writes.

Twinkle adds, “I would like to apologize to everyone who felt that I was trivializing the cause of feminism especially because I strongly believe in equality and have been a feminist from the time I was a young woman, much before I even knew the term.”

Mallika, in the course of the controversy, had referred to Twinkle’s five-year old daughter Nitaara, when she wrote, “Would the superstar be offended had someone jokingly said to his daughter “Nitaara ji, aap bell bajaaiye main aapko bajaata hoon”? – most probably.”

Twinkle reveals that this was the last straw that led to her comments.

“... when in this latest episode regarding my husband, my five-year-old was also dragged in for something that she had absolutely nothing to do with, I reached breaking point. And with my protective instincts in overdrive, I reacted irrationally with the only tools I have that help me retain my sanity in this fishbowl existence -words and lame jokes -though they have got me into trouble often enough in the past as well,” she wrote. Here’s the full post:

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First Published: Nov 03, 2017 17:15 IST