We have regressed as a nation: Deepika
New Delhi: Deepika Padukone, who plays the title role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati”, said on Tuesday that “nothing can stop the release of this film” even as over 50 activists of Rajput Karni Sena vandalised a cinema hall and a mall in Kota for screening the film’s trailer.
Commenting on the uproar that the film has triggered, Deepika told IANS in an interview, “It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed”.
Several of her Bollywood colleagues came out in support of the film on Tuesday. The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and believe that nothing can stop the release of this film...this is not about Padmavati... we’re fighting a much bigger battle
Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria told newspersons, “We can’t stop anyone from protesting against the film. However, we won’t allow anyone to do it unlawfully”.
Deepika added, “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,” the actor said, adding that the film industry’s support symbolises how “this is not about Padmavati... we're fighting a much bigger battle”.
This is the third film that Deepika is doing with Bhansali. “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,” she said.
This is not the first time Deepika has reacted strongly to the violence and threats over ‘Padmavati’. Last month, after a rangoli dedicated to the film made by an artist was vandalised in Surat, she tweeted, “Absolutely heartbreaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork! Disgusting and appalling to say the least!”
Tagging Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani, she added in the series of tweets, “Who are these people? Who is responsible for their actions? For how long are we going to let this go on? Allow them to take law into their own hands & attack our freedom & right to individual expression time & again!? This has to stop NOW & action must be taken!”
Actor Salman Khan backed Bhansali saying that going by his previous track record, “one should know that he will never portray any character in bad light”. In an interview to a TV channel, he said: “I want to say that you
Actor Deepika Padukone