While Karan Johar’s celebrity talk show, Koffee With Karan, often grabs attention for all the revelations celebs make on it, the episode with Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and K. L. Rahul went a little too far.
After being dropped from Team India to losing the Gillette endorsement deal, things have been on a downslide for Hardik Pandya and his teammate. K. L. Rahul. Now if all this was not enough, Hardik’s alleged ex-girlfriend Esha Gupta has criticised him for making offensive remarks about women.
At an event in Mumbai recently, when Esha was asked about her opinion on the remarks made by Hardik on the show, the actress said, “Who is the one who told you, he is my friend?”
Esha Gupta, to explain her stance further, added that in her opinion, no one should ever say anything so harsh about women. “Firstly, women should not compare themselves with men. We are the best in every respect. I don’t want anyone to feel bad, but why don’t you give birth to a child? We suffer from periods five days every month and even then we have to dance, go to an office, and take care of the children. When you can do all this, you become superior,” she told reporters at the event.
As the controversy built up in the following days, Hardik Pandya took to Twitter to issue an apology: “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee With Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who, I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”
Apparently, Hardik has since reportedly also apologised to head coach Ravi Shastri and former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. And though Rahul didn’t make any controversial comments himself, social media users have blamed him for not intervening and taking up a stand.