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Fortunate that my name hasn't come out in #MeToo movement: Shatrughan Sinha

File photo of Shatrughan Sinha. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 07, 2019, 07.33 PM (IST)

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha had a lot to say on #MeToo movement at a recent book launch event. Talking about the much-talked-about movement that rocked the Bollywood industry last year, Sinha said “there shouldn't be any shame or hesitation to say that behind a successful man's fall is a woman” and clarified that he was not against the movement while adding that his comments should be taken in “right humour”. 

He said, "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.”

He then spoke about himself and said, "I really call myself fortunate that in today's times, tamam harkate karne kay bawajood (despite everything that I've 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, 'I am happily married, my life is good.'"

Sinha is married to Poonam and he called his wife “goddess” and his “everything”. He added, "Even if anyone wants to say anything about me, please don't say."

To this, Sinha was asked if he was making fun of the movement. Sinha clarified, "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.”

He was present at the launch of the book "A Touch of Evil" by author Dhruv Somani. 

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He said, "Even if anyone wants to say anything about me, please don't say' and added that his comments should be taken in "right humour".