Recently Mukesh Khanna’s remark on #MeToo fired a huge backlash on him. The veteran actor, after saying that the #MeToo movement began after women started stepping out for work issued another statement in his defence.
He also shared a video on his YouTube channel last night where he defended himself saying he’s the same person who has spoken against exploitation of women, girl education and other social causes. According to him, his words were “perceived in extremely wrong way”.
He also slammed people who called him out and said he is doing this for publicity. He said, “Mai aaj bhi keh du ki jitne ye Khan brothers popular hai, pure Hindustan me – utna hi Mukesh Khanna, Shaktimaan and Bhishma Pitamah bhi jaana jaata hai.”
The veteran actor also challenged to leave the Industry if anyone proves that he disrespected anyone in the last 40 years of his career. “Industry me koi mujhe prove karde ki maine kisiki ijjat nahi ki hai, ya maine aisa koi kaam kia hai toh mai Industry chodne ke liye tyaar hu.”
Mukesh Khanna released a statement that read, “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 made misogynist remarks to defend himself.
“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.
“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 concluded.
Recently a video went viral where Mukesh Khanna said that women should not compete with men and stay at home while the men go to work, on which the internet users started bashing him.