Taking a dig at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath for his rather off-the-cuff remarks on ‘women’s protection’, author-columnist Twinkle Khanna on Friday suggested that he needed to do a yoga ‘asana’ which eases “releasing gas”.
At the India Today Woman Summit 2017 held yesterday in Delhi, when writer-producer and interior designer Twinkle Khanna was asked about her thoughts on Yogi Adityanath and his controversial remarks about women, Twinkle said, “He needs to do an asana…, which helps release gas.”
“But I think he’s also changing fashion. In fact, I had tweeted as well that Asian Paints must announce the new colour of the season Beguiling Saffron with a tagline: Orange is the new brown.”
Women empowerment and feminism is a subject close to the heart of the actor-turned-writer, whose latest column explored sexual harassment at work.
Of late, Bollywood’s leading ladies like Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha and Deepika Padukone, have been flaunting T-shirts with feminist slogans. But there’s a need to go beyond that, says Twinkle, who believes in the event presenter Vivel’s ‘Ab Samjhauta Nahin’ tagline.
“As long as you believe in equality, you’re a feminist. Having said that, these days I see a lot of proverbial T-shirt wearing feminists, and that’s fantastic.
“There’s one (T-shirt) by Dior that I really want… But with me, I feel like I need to go a bit beyond that.”
What is she doing on that front?
“I think for me, my version of feminism is based on me pushing the envelope by picking stories I tell and projects I plan. So I am making a movie called Pad Man. It revolves around menstruation and sanitary pads.
“I’ve put my money, my clout, my goodwill and determination behind a project which I believe will alleviate the burden from a lot of women, and will take a part of our biology that is right now wrapped in newspaper and shoved down black plastic bags and bring it out for open discussion.
“That’s my version of feminist.”
Pad Man is Twinkle’s debut film production and it features Akshay Kumar. It is based on a real life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who devised a cheaper way to make sanitary pads for women in his village and also sells the machine which makes low-cost pads to NGOs to work towards women’s hygiene.
Twinkle says she chased Muruganantham for eight months, and when they spoke, she found an instant connect with his one-liners and how he doesn’t take himself very seriously. He once told her: “You look like the actress… Raveena Tandon.”
“I was about to drop his story,” Twinkle quipped, adding another joke when she narrated how she was recently handed over a bag at home, and told that it had her Pampers.
“I hope am a friendly mother. I try to be. Aarav’s friends call me ‘savage’. I believe it’s a compliment in today’s times. It sounds awful, but I believe it’s a good thing. My son says so, at least,” Twinkle said in an interview with DNA. Twinkle also spoke about protecting her children from the limelight. “I am a mother at the end of the day, so it’s my duty to protect my kids. I don’t like putting pictures of either Nitara or Aarav because they might be kids but they also need their privacy.”
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