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When filmmaker Karan Johar, who was moderating the event of friend Twinkle Khanna’s book launch, noted that her new book is feminist in nature. Before he could say anything, Twinkle interrupted and said, “I want to say something. Many journalists, who have read the book, came and asked me hesitantly ‘Are you… a feminist?’ They were behaving as if the question was ‘Are you a Justin Bieber fan! Feminism means wanting equal opportunities and those who say they are not and they don’t believe in feminism are idiots.”
“Women are trying very hard to find a place in the world which should be theirs anyway but man had locked them in a cage and they are now trying to get out,” she added.
The new book is titled The Legend of Laksmi Prasad and the launch was attended by Twinkle’s family including husband Akshay Kumar and mother Dimple Kapadia, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonali Bendre, R Balki, Shabana Azmi, Homi Adjania and his wife Anaita Shroff Adjania.
The event had Twinkle giving a sneak peek into the four short stories in her book with Shabana, Ranbir and Alia reading out a passage each from the novel.
One of the stories in the book is titled The Sanitary Man, which is based on Arunachalam Murganantham, who is the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine. Twinkle said Murganantham, who she fondly calls Murga, is a bigger feminist than any woman.
“This story is of a man who wanted to dispel the taboo around menstruation and sanitary pads. We talk about women being feminists and I feel Murga is a bigger feminist than all of us put together,” Twinkle said.
Akshay took to twitter to share an exclusive picture from the launch.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 15, 2016
— Filmfare (@filmfare) November 15, 2016
Twinkle had recently left her fans shocked by making some major revelations about her married life when she came as a guest on Karan’s chat show Koffee With Karan with Akshay.