What happened after the ouster of Mallika Dua from the comedy Television show, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge is not a hidden secret now. Mallika’s father, Vinod Dua took offence to Akshay Kumar‘s comment on the show, “Mallika ji aap bell ko bajao, main apko bajata hoon” and called out the actor for the same.
When Akshay’s wife, Twinkle Khanna started getting tagged in numerous tweets and posts on the controversy, Twinkle came out and defended Akshay’s comment saying that humour should be seen in the right context. She had even cracked some jokes on Mallika and her father.
Now, looks like the actress regrets her former stance as she has apologised to all those who felt she had demeaned the cause of feminism, despite being so vocal about it in the past. The actress took to her Facebook account and posted an apology letter, saying that her comments came after her innocent daughter Nitara was also dragged into the controversy for no apparent reason and hence what followed was an emotional outburst.
Here’s what her statement read:
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.”