Deepika Padukone lashes out at Shobhaa De


Recently, Deepika Padukone entered into a war of words with a leading daily for insensitive reporting. She vented her anger via social networking site for publishing disgracing article about her cleavage show. Now the long legged actress entered into a brawl with noted writer Shobhaa De. Deepika and Shobhaa’s tryst dates long back when the actress debuted in Bollywood.

This is not the first time Deepika and Shobhaa De had a cat-fight. Once during a Karan Johar’s interview, Shobhaa had called Deepika "Overrated and very average- looking."

After Deepika was tagged Maxim's sexiest woman on earth, Shobhaa said, "Deepika Padukone is the sexiest woman on earth? Are you kidding me? She would not win a Miss Dombivali contest. I mean look at her closely. Go-on jawline? Too wide, eyes? Buldging. Hairline? Untidy, speech? Verni.”

The write-ups on TOI fume the ‘Chennai Express’ a lot and she reacted strongly and criticized the daily for demeaning feminine write-ups. The author questioned Deepika in one of her recent blogs by saying what does feminism has to do with such kind of write ups.

The actress, on Friday posted a long note on her Twitter/Facebook page with obvious answers to the questions raised in De's blog.

 Here's what Deepika had to say:

 My Point of View...

There is only ONE sign that a woman wants to have sex and that is that she says “YES”. 

 The reason I write the above line is because we all know that in India we are so desperately trying to make a change in the way sections of our society think in order to move towards a happier world devoid of inequality,rape,fear and pain.

 I am not naive about my own profession; it is one that requires lots of demanding things of me. A character may demand that I be clothed from head to toe or be completely naked, and it will be my choice as an actor whether or not I take either. Understand that this is a ROLE and not REAL, and it is my job to portray whatever character I choose to play convincingly.

 What my concern is and I am stating it clearly so it is not misconstrued or confused with Shahrukh’s 8-pack or any other woman’s or man’s anatomy. I have spoken out against an ideology that such regressive tactics are still being employed to draw a reader’s attention at a time when we are striving for women’s equality and empowerment. In a time where women should be applauded for making headway in a male-dominated society, we blur the lines between REEL and REAL life and dilute all our efforts by making a one-year old back sliding piece of news a headline. Digging out an old article and headlining it “OMG: Deepika’s Cleavage Show!” to attract readers is using the power of influence to proliferate recessive thought.

 When an actresses inner wear decides to do a "peek-a-boo",she most definitely did not step out with the intention to do so.So instead of zooming in,circling it and pointing arrows at it,why don't we give her some 'respect' and let it go instead of making it 'headlines'!? Are we not human?Yes we marvel,envy and drool over a male actors 8pack abs in a film,but do we zoom in on the mans 'crotch' when he makes a public appearance and make that 'cheap headlines'??!!

I have no issue celebrating my body and I have never shied away from anything on-screen to portray a character. In fact my next character portrayed is a bar dancer (sorry Farah for the spoiler!) who titillates men as a means to support her livelihood. My issue is you propagating the objectification of a REAL person,and not a character being played. Sure,dissect my characters if you wish-if it is of so much interest then discuss the character’s cup size and leg length if it is relevant to making the role convincing. All I am asking for is respect as a woman off-screen.

It is not about breasts,penises,or any other body part being reported.It is a matter of context and how out-of-context the reportage is just to sell a headline. And more so during a time in dire need of an attitude shift towards women.

For me this topic ends here.Everyone is entitled to an opinion.I have little interest to take this further as it might get more attention than it deserves and might be further misconstrued and twisted to sell more undeserved headlines.

Having said that,please may we show love,dignity and respect to each other.

Live well, laugh often and love much.

Deepika Padukone