Shahid, Imtiaz Ali, Rohit Shetty react to Swara Bhaskar’s open letter

Swara Bhaskar in a long open letter slammed filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for glorifying the practice of ‘Jauhar, Sati’ in 'Padmaavat'. Bollywood celebrities like Shahid Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Imtiaz Ali and Divya Dutta reacted to Swara's letter stating that every filmmaker has his or her own perspective, which should be respected.

Shahid said that he is aware of Swara criticising ‘Padmaavat’ in her letter, but he has not read it. "Yes, I have come to know about Swara's letter, but honestly I haven't read it yet because it is a long letter, and we are very busy these days. I don't know what issue she has. Perhaps, whatever issue she has, it is related to Sanjay sir (Sanjay Leela Bhansali)," Nav Bharat Times quoted Shahid as saying.

Shahid Kapoor further said that he felt Swara’s letter bit disgusting because in this crisis period when the entire industry is standing together and representing freedom of expression, Swara Bhaskar stands aloof. 

"I would say this is not the time for all these. Padmaavat is representing the entire film industry. It is also representing freedom of expression and freedom of speech. We had a tough time in making this film reach the audience, and at a time when the entire film industry stood beside us, I find this open letter a bit disgusting. But everybody has the right to put forward his or her views, and she has put out her personal views in the letter," Shahid told the publication.

Divya Dutta said that she enjoyed the film very much and saw it as a story set centuries ago. “The film has been told like a story. Everyone has their own viewpoint. Swara kept hers, I respect that. She felt something… That visual (jauhar scene) is very strong when it comes across. But the film is set in another century, whose mindset was different. So, my view point is different. I enjoyed it (the film) very much. I respect her opinion but I take the film for what it is, absolutely,” Divya said at the red carpet of 2018 Mirchi Music Awards.

Ayushmann Khurrana said, “A movie does two jobs: either it gives something to the society or it takes from it. Every director has his or her own perspective. The intention of every piece of art is to cause a debate, a discussion, there are critics also who discuss and then the audience also gives its opinion. So, everyone has their own opinion. Art is always subjective, never objective.”

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali said, “Any kind of obstacle that comes in a film does not feel good. There’s nothing in ‘Padmaavat’, which should cause any kind of protest but then everyone has their own opinion.”

Filmmaker Rohit Shetty refused to comment on the letter, requesting the media to “let Padmaavat run peacefully.” The director said making comments on anything about the film will only increase problems for the team, which has already gone through a lot.

“Please let it breathe. I will say something, then someone else will say something else, that way we will get this film, our film in some or the other trouble. Now, we have given it to the audience, so, let the audience watch and decide.”

“It is doing a great business. The whole team has gone through a lot- Bhansali, Deepika, Ranveer, the whole team – they have endured a lot, so, let it remain with the audience now. What’s the use if we start talking about what he said or she said. I will not say anything. Let the film breathe now, for God’s sake,’ the director said.