The actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha irked a controversy over his sarcastic cum controversial statement over #MeToo movement. However, he clarified that his statement should not be taken otherwise as he is not making fun of the #MeToo movement, in fact, his comments should be taken in the "right humour".
"Today is the time of #MeToo, and there shouldn't be any shame or hesitation to say that behind a successful man's fall is a woman. Behind the troubles and infamy of successful men, there have been mostly women that I've seen in this movement," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said at an event.
"I really call myself fortunate that in today's times, tamam harkate karne ke bawajood (despite everything that I have done), my name hasn't come out in the #MeToo movement. Hence, I listen to my wife and often take her as a shield with me so that even if there's nothing, I can show that I am happily married, my life is good," he added.
Sinha said his wife, Poonam, is a "goddess" and his "everything".
"Even if anyone wants to say anything about me, please don't say," he added.
Last year the #MeToo movement in India hit Bollywood, following which several woman and men came out with their stories of sexual harassment and rape by actors and filmmakers from the industry. This fire also slammed several other industries, including media houses.
When sidelined BJP MP from Patna Sahib was asked if whether he was making fun of the movement, Mr Sinha said his statement should be taken in "right humour."
"Don't take it otherwise. Please take it with a plain sense of humour. I highly appreciate and applaud the women, who, better late than never, have come forward... I salute their courage and guts."
"But beyond that, I don't want to go further at this hour because it's a book launch event and we should not cross our limits. But having said this, I understand what you are saying and I am highly supportive of what you said," Mr Sinha added.