'Took Sonakshi's name as an example, didn't mean to demean her': Mukesh Khanna defends his comment on the actor
Days after Shatrughan Sinha slammed the Shaktiman actor for his comments, Khanna has come forward with a clarification.
It all started when television actor Mukesh Khanna reacted to the news of popular mythological series Mahabharat and Ramayan being retelecasted on Doordarshan during this lockdown. Khanna, who had essayed the role of Bhishma Pitamah in BR Chopra’s Mahabharata, reportedly said,
“I think the reruns will be useful to many who haven’t watched the show earlier. It will also help people like Sonakshi Sinha who have no knowledge about our mythological sagas. People like her don’t know who did lord Hanuman get Sanjivani for. There is a video doing the rounds where few boys are asked whose Mama (uncle) was Kans and they got scared to answer. Some said Duryodhan, others said something else, so they are not aware of the mythology.”
Slamming Khanna for his comments, Shatrughan Sinha said, “I believe someone has a problem with Sonakshi not answering a question on the Ramayan. Firstly what qualifies this person to be an expert on all things to do with the Ramayan? And who has appointed him the guardian of the Hindu religion?”
Now, days after Sinha's reaction, the Shaktiman actor has come forward with a clarification. In a recent interview, he said, “People have blown my comment out of proportion and presented it wrongly to Shatruji. I have known him for long and have immense respect for him. I took Sonakshi’s name as a mere example. It does not mean I was trying to demean her or question her knowledge. My intention was not to target her. However, I am shocked to see how the current generation is not aware of many things.”
“Recently, I was watching a video in which an IT student didn’t know whose maternal uncle Kans was. Someone even answered ‘Duryodhan’ to that question. I am not claiming that I am the guardian of Ramayan and Hindu literature, but as a citizen of India, I do feel that it is our duty to introduce our literature and history to today’s generation because they are more interested in TikTok and Harry Potter. Once again, if Shatruji feels that taking Sonakshi’s name was a mistake, then yes, it is. But, it was not intentional.”