‘Dutch’ Deepika feels In­dia ‘re­gress­ing’

The Free Press Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

Deepika Padukone has de­cided to step into a mine­field: She has lashed out at those protest­ing against the re­lease of Pad­ma­vati, in which she plays the main pro­tag­o­nist. More im­por­tant, she has mud­died the wa­ters by her po­lit­i­cally loaded com­ment that we have "re­gressed as a na­tion."

Trust BJP leader Subra­ma­nian Swamy to latch onto the com­ment and come crash­ing on Padukone like a tonne of coals. Talk­ing to a TV chan­nel, Swamy said that the ac­tor had no right to give a lec­ture on re­gres­sion, adding, "I am told the ac­tress is not even an In­dian cit­i­zen, she's Dutch."

Deepika in her in­ter­view to IANS said, "It's ap­palling, it's ab­so­lutely ap­palling.

What have we got­ten our­selves into? And where have we reached as a na­tion? We have re­gressed," she said, com­ment­ing on the hul­la­baloo the movie is caus­ing pre-re­lease.

One of the pri­mary ob­jec­tions to the re­lease of the movie is that the San­jay Leela Bhansali movie - set in the back­drop of the 1303 siege of Chit­tor­garh by Alaud­din Khilji - "dis­torts" his­tory and shows the Ra­jput queen and her com­mu­nity in poor light.Deepika dis­missed th­ese al­le­ga­tions say­ing, "As a woman, I feel proud to be a part of this film and to tell this story, which needs to be told. And it needs to be told now." The ac­tor said the fi­nal call on the film has to be with the cen­sor board. "The only peo­ple we are an­swer­able to is the cen­sor board, and I know and I be­lieve that noth­ing can stop the re­lease of this film," said Deepika, adding that the film in­dus­try's sup­port sym­bol­izes how "this is not about 'Pad­ma­vati'... We're fight­ing a much big­ger bat­tle," she said in her in­ter­view to IANS.

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