Swara Bhaskar has been making a lot of news with her open letter on Padmaavat where she questions Bhansali for glorifying ‘jauhar’ instead of taking a critical approach against it. Now Deepika Padukone has come out with a strong statement wherein she seems to be defending Padmaavat against such accusations.
Deepika Padukone said, “Let me put things in perspective. We are not endorsing jauhar. You must see the scene/practice in context to the period in which it was shown. And when you do that, you will realize, it’s so powerful. You do not feel like she is doing anything wrong. You want her to embrace the flames because she is going to be united with the man she loves.”
Deepika’s stance has been supported by her co- star, Shahid Kapoor who told PTI, “What happened right before the jauhar scene? The king died. How can it be a celebration when the king has died? Every practice happens for various reasons. Within this film, Padmavati believed she would want to go into the fire as opposed to handing herself over to a man who is so evil, that he is ready to kill the entire kingdom to achieve one woman. Now you decide whether that’s a good thing or a bad.”
Swara Bhaskar, who overtly expressed in her open letter that she ‘felt reduced to a vagina- only” after watching Bhansali’s magnum opus, wasn’t expecting the amount of news her letter would make. In a recent interview with ANI she said, “I didn’t expect so much chaos just because I used a word which starts with ‘V’.
Although neither the actors nor the director have openly come forward with any reply, Shahid clarified that he hasn’t read the letter yet. He added, “We have been busy with other things, but I think this isn’t the right time. It has been a tough battle for us to be able to bring forth the film to the audience. It feels great to receive support from the entire industry but it feels odd that someone said something on a personal level”.
Despite all the chaos and controversies, Padmaavat has successfully crossed 100 crores and is making a lot of buzz for the wonderful performances by all the actors.