Deepika Padukone reacts strongly to Swara Bhaskar’s criticism


Swara Bhaskar’s open letter to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created a lot of hullaballoo. Bollywood divided into two over Swara’s allegations against the makers of ‘Padmaavat’.

Swara slammed the makers for glorifying ‘jauhar’ and ‘sati’ in ‘Padmaavat’. The actress wrote after watching the periodic drama she felt “reduced her just to a vagina. When Deepika Padukone was asked to comment of Swara’s open letter, the actor said ‘Anarkali of Aarah’ actor might have skipped the disclaimer which says the film not intend to glorify the practice.

Speaking to the TV channel, Deepika said, “She probably missed the disclaimer at the beginning of the film. You probably went out to buy some popcorn and missed the initial disclaimers that come out. I think, secondly, the fact that it is important to view a film in totality and to see in which period it was set in. Third of all, I think for me this film is not just about the act (jauhar) that they all committed, but it stood for so much more. For me, it’s a celebration of women and their strength, power and dignity.”

Swara wrote in the letter, “Women have the right to live, despite being raped sir. Women have the right to live, despite the death of their husbands, male ‘protectors’, ‘owners’, ‘controllers of their sexuality’.. whatever you understand the men to be. Women have the right to live — independent of whether men are living or not. Women have the right to live. Period. Women are not only walking talking vaginas,” she wrote in her letter.

Reacting to the letter, Shahid Kapoor who portrayed the character of Maharaja Rawal Ratan Singh in ‘Padmaavat’ said,  “Yes, I got to know that Swara has written an open letter. But I haven’t read the letter, it is very long and we are all busy. I have no clue what is her issue but I think her issues are with Bhansali sir. I can say that this is not the right time for such things. Padmaavat represents the entire film industry, it represents freedom of expression and freedom of speech. The journey of the film, reaching the audience has been very tough and the entire film industry stands with us right now. Given the circumstances, her letter seems quite frivolous. Though, she has expressed her personal views and everyone has the right to voice their opinion.”

'Padmaavat' opened with rave reviews and going strong and fast inching towards 200 crore club.