The controversial remark of Akshay Kumar on the comedian Mallika Dua on the show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge was unwelcomed by the comedian and her journalist father Vinod Dua. Akshay Kumar had commented, “Mallika ji aap bell bajaaiye, main aapko bajaata hoon.”
Ever since the controversy sparked, Vinod Dua in support to his daughter voiced against the comment made by the actor. Moreover, Mallika Dua too wrote a blog condemning the act of Akshay Kumar. However, in the wake of the events, Twinkle Khanna in support of her husband Akshay Kumar took to her official Twitter handle to clear her view on the same, Twinkle wrote, “Words, especially humour has to be seen in its right context. I have always stood up for freedom within comedy including defending AIB’s infamous roast on numerous occasions in the past and that is my stance even today. So kindly stop tagging me in this debate.”
Her statement was unsolicited by Vinod Dua who called her statement “a prosaic excuse from an embarrassed wife.”
As the controversy got heated up on social media, Twinkle Khanna apologized for her preceding statements by writing another note on Facebook.
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.
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.
I think this came at a point where I was already reeling from an onslaught of abuse against various members of my family, which started with vicious and personal comments about my mother and went on to a widely shared open letter where the writer as a comeback for my comments about Karva Chauth tried to fling muck at every single member of my family. So 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.
Once while embroiled in an earlier controversy (the story of my life it seems), I had written that a wise woman keeps her hands firmly in her pockets and does not accidentally unzip anything including her mouth. I am not this woman clearly, but I am going to try to be a little wiser from now on.”