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Actor Sonali Kulkarni apologises for ‘women are lazy’ comment after outrage

Indian women look for partners who earn well instead of being independent, Sonali Kulkarni said at a recent event, angering a wide section of social media users.

March 19, 2023 / 11:21 AM IST
Actor Sonali Kulkarni said her intention was not to hurt women.

Actor Sonali Kulkarni said her intention was not to hurt women.

Actor Sonali Kulkarni has apologised for her furore-generating comment that women in India are "lazy" and look for partners who earn well. In an Instagram post, Kulkarni said her intention was not to hurt other women, which many argued that she did.

"I have extensively expressed myself time and again in support of us and what is it being a woman," the actor said. "If unknowingly, I may have caused pain, I want to apologise from the bottom of my heart."

Kulkarni added that she wasn't someone who "thrives upon headlines" and didn't want to be at the centre of "sensational situations".


"I have learnt a lot from this incident," she said.

Her comments had angered a wide section of internet users, who called out her entitlement and privilege.

“In India, we forget a lot of women are just lazy," Kulkarni had said at a recent event. "They want husband, who earns well, owns a house and gets regular increments. Women forget to make a stand for themselves. I urge everyone to encourage women and make them self-dependent."

Many social media users reminded Kulkarni that most women India never get the education and skills to achieve financial independence.

"You can't call all women lazy when the gender equality balance is so skewed," comedian Kajol Srinivasan said. "Yes there are women who want to marry wealth. But most women in this country aren't given education or the freedom to work."

"She needs to read the government data on what women go through in this country," read another comment. "Look at women in this country. The amount of unpaid labor women do almost feels criminal."

Here are some more reactions to what Kulkarni said: 


first published: Mar 19, 2023 11:09 am