Archana Vijaya responds to the derogatory news involving Virat Kohli
“In India, women are kind of objectified so you have to make your work load harder," Archana said.
by Ankit Editor
Published - May 3, 2017 7:04 pm | Updated - May 3, 2017 7:07 pm
Internet journalism stooped down to a new low when a media agency used an image from Virat Kohli’s interview with Archana Vijaya and reported that the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper was checking her out. The news went viral on social media and the portal was severely thrashed for posting such a degrading article and for irresponsible journalism.
Archana who missed out from the Indian Premier League’s presenter team last season made a comeback this time and was interviewing Virat while he was staring down, the article stated that he was looking at her ripped jeans. After the storm subsided, Archana in her response was miffed and said that the Indian skipper was just trying to steal a look at the cue cards.
“My first thought was: Oh my God, are people trying that hard to make headlines? Are people so starved to bring people down?” she said in an interview to India Today.
The 28-year-old was just trying to cheat since they were playing the rapid fire round and Archana was utterly disappointed that major media houses didn’t think twice before favouring such stories. “We were playing a round of rapid fire and the poor guy was just trying to cheat by looking at the cue card. It was the cue card he was looking at,” she added.
She rather praised the Indian skipper for what he has been able to achieve on the cricket field and with his personal discipline. “Virat has had such a remarkable growth as a cricketer. We all admire his amazing discipline. He has such clarity of thought and look at what people did.”
Opening about the off camera interaction she had with the RCB skipper she said that Virat rather welcomed her back since she wasn’t there in the scenes last season. “When he saw me, he asked, ‘Dude, where were you last year? Welcome back!’ That’s the sort of ease we have.”
Archana also emphasized on the need to change the objectifying mentality that the Indian society has. “In India, women are kind of objectified so you have to make your work load harder. It’s a constant challenge and the mindset needs to change. And the change needs to start at the top,” she concluded.