A lot was wrong and damning about everything that went down between Akshay Kumar and Mallika Dua. In the aftermath, a lot was said to mend the broken image but unfortunately, it did more harm than it did good.
Yes, I’m talking about Akshay’s wife, Twinkle Khanna’s stance on the entire row where she defended her husband saying that he was being held for something that has always been acceptable in the comedy circle.
Worse, when Twinkle decided to uphold ‘freedom within comedy’ and took to Twitter to crack ‘lame jokes’ about Mallika Dua. You remember it right, Twitter was not happy and neither was Mallika. But while we thought that’d be the last we hear of the episode, another chapter has unfolded and honestly, it’s one we are not complaining about.
Twinkle Khanna has finally come around to realising her mistake and has issued a sincere apology stating her side of the story. The actor took to Facebook to pen her heart and it deserves a read. She wrote,
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.
While it is too late to take sides, Twinkle’s words resonate in the mind, echoing how it is never late to say sorry at least. I’m not sure if Mallika feels the same though. However, time will tell better.