The Indian Express | 1 week ago | 19-03-2023 | 11:45 am
Actor Sonali Kulkarni was recently under the scanner for her comments at a recent event. The Dil Chahta Hai actor called Indian women “lazy”, and stated how they want a partner who earns well but “forget to take a stand for themselves.” As social media users called her out, Sonali shared a statement clarifying her stand. She also apologised to women, who she unknowingly hurt with her statement.“Dear all, I’m overwhelmed with the feedback I’m receiving. I would like to thank all of you, especially the entire press and media for the extremely mature conduct of connecting with me. Being a woman myself, my intention was not to hurt other women. In fact, I have extensively expressed myself time and again in support of us and what is it being a woman. I’m grateful to all of you for reaching out to me personally to appreciate or to criticize. Hope we will be able to have more open exchange of thoughts,” a part of her statement read.She further wrote “In my capacity I am trying to think, support and share warmth not only with women, but with the entire mankind. It will be only strengthening if we women with our vulnerabilities and wisdom shine through as fair and able beings. If we are inclusive and empathetic, we will be able to create a healthier, happier place to be. Having said that, if unknowingly, I may have caused pain, I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart. I do not thrive upon headlines neither do I want to be the center of sensational situations. I’m a diehard optimist and I strongly believe that life indeed is beautiful. Thanks for your patience and support. I have learned a lot from this incident.”pic.twitter.com/UbPeEuSeRh— sonalikulkarni (@sonalikulkarni) March 18, 2023 At a recent event, during an on-stage chat with Bhupenddra Singh Rathore, Sonali said, “Bharat mein bahut saari ladkiyan aalsi hain (in India a lot of women are just lazy). They want a boyfriend or husband, who earns well, owns a house and gets regular increments. But, in the middle of this, women forget to take a stand for themselves. Women don’t know what will they do. I urge everyone to bring up such women in your houses that are able and can earn for themselves. Who can say that yes, we want a new fridge in the house, you pay for half of it, I will pay the other half.”She further went on to add, “I think when boys turn 18, they have this pressure on them that the studies and fun are about to get over and now you have to earn. I feel like crying for my brothers and my husband. He got selected from the campus interview when he was all of 20 and he started earning.”Actor Uorfi Javed and singer Sona Mohapatra also criticised Sonali’s words as they called out her ‘privileged and entitled’ gaze.Sonali Kulkarni has worked extensively in Marathi and Hindi cinema. She was last seen in 2021 series Whistleblowers on SonyLIV.