Kartik Aaryan Clarifies ‘Women With Defects’ Comment, Says They Were Not His Words
Kartik Aaryan was slammed for saying Ayushmann Khurrana does films about “men with defects” while he takes up those about “women with defects”. He has now defended himself after facing severe flak
Kartik Aaryan has landed himself in hot waters following an alleged sexist remark in a recent interview. For the unversed, the Pyaar Ka Punchnama star was addressing the kinds of films he takes up while speaking to Radio City alongside his Love Aaj Kal co-star Sara Ali Khan. While talking about being compared to Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik said, “It often happens that Ayushmann does films about men with defects while I do films about women with defects.” His controversial comment made Sara raise eyebrows too. She instantly questioned him about what exactly he meant and asked what is flawed about her character Zoe in the Imtiaz Ali film. Quoting a song from the film, Kartik responded, ‘Haan Main Galat’. Social media users were furious at Katrik’s behaviour and slammed him for disrespecting women.
After being severely bashed, Kartik has now come forward to clear his stance. He clarified that “women with defects” was not his own comment and he was in fact reading a meme. “Kai baar news reporting me itna gadbad hoti hai, usme cheeso ko cut short kar ke dikhate hain. (Things are sometimes messed up in news reporting and you cut short stuff to show something.)We were discussing a meme where there were some things written and I too reacted on it by saying that I too have stumbled upon it. It was kind of funny to notice that thing. About us (Ayushmann and Kartik). I don’t believe in such things. It’s not me,” he said.
Kartik continued, “We sometimes tend to take things out of proportion. I do not believe in such things and it was just a light moment. We just read what was written on it and not comment on it. We didn’t even talk about it, we just said what was written,” he added. Kartik also received ample flak for his last outing, Pati Patni Aur Woh, which featured a derogatory dialogue on marital rape. The line was later removed from the film. Responding to the controversy, Kartik said the decision was taken after they realised people were hurt after watching the trailer. “When the trailer came, we realised that we shouldn’t hurt anyone and should remove it immediately. Usually this doesn’t happen in films. We took responsibility because it might have come across as something that wasn’t our intention. We realised we shouldn’t use that word rape at all so we have rectified it and made changes,” he concluded.