Mukesh Khanna defends himself after being slammed for his remarks

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Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) 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.

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“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.

“A year back, I had made a video for my YouTube channel. In that video too, I never mentioned that women shouldn’t go out and work. How can I say or imply something like that now? I just want to request all my friends and well wishers to not twist or present my statement in a wrong manner,” he said.

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Khanna further said that he respects women a lot.

“In our country, women have succeeded in each and every field — be it becoming Defence Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister or even going to space. Women have always made great strides in every sphere.

“My film/acting career proves that I have always had great respect for people in general and women in particular. I humbly request that women shouldn’t be against me. 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 more cohesive, correct manner,” Khanna, who is best known for playing the titular character in the Doordarshan superhero show “Shaktimaan”, concluded.

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The whole controversy erupted after a video of him went viral online, wherein he said that women should not compete with men and stay at home while the men go to work.

“Disgraceful,” a Twitter user reacted to the video.

“Such sexist remarks,” another user slammed Khanna.

–IANS

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