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Twinkle Khanna lambasts TVF’s Arunabh Kumar; husband Akshay Kumar supports her

The actress-turned-author has come down heavily on the TVF founder for his ‘sexy’ remark.

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Keyur Seta

Online digital channel The Viral Fever owner Arunabh Kumar has been in the news for the past week after several women accused him of sexual harassment at the workplace. Although there hasn’t been any probe in the matter, the man had defended himself saying, “I am a heterosexual single man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she is sexy. I compliment women, is that wrong?” 

His comment hasn’t gone down well with some and this includes actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna. She has come down heavily on Arunabh for his remarks in a guest column for a daily. She felt his comment “is more akin to the hooting of the siren on top of a politician’s car that speeds through traffic lights and pushes its way through crammed spaces, declaring that here is a privileged someone who believes that the rules are meant for everyone else.”

She elaborated, “‘Sexy’ is an acceptable compliment within a work environment only if she is a stripper and you are her pimp trying to boost her confidence before she takes the stage. Telling a woman she is sexy in the bedroom is fine, telling her the same thing in the boardroom simply deplorable. So think before you croak or it may just be your turn to be doused in formaldehyde and dissected next.”

Khanna highlighted the importance of accepting refusals. “If your heart beats fiercely at the sight of a particular woman walking down the office corridor, respectfully ask her out for a drink, and if she refuses your polite offer then go and drown your sorrows in that very drink and leave her alone. Do not stalk her, touch her, send her lewd messages and emails. And as far as compliments go, try telling her about her great presentation skills, her way with numbers, her astute negotiations.” she added. 

Akshay Kumar, Khanna's husband, supported her stand by tweeting the article with the caption, “A relevant piece where @mrsfunnybones' punches are harder than mine! What do you think?”