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.
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”.
In a recent interview with IANS, Deepika opened up about the controversy surrounding Padmavati. “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, adding, “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.”
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.
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 have censor board, they will take a decision. Sanjay (Leela Bhansali) makes very beautiful and excellent films”.
Actor Aditi Rao Hyadri also backed Bhansali by tweeting, “An Indian and an artist we should be proud of… He celebrates our stories, our culture our music. Despite every trial by fire that we put him through… we love you #SanjayLeelaBhansali more power to you #WeSupportPadmavati @FilmPadmavati”
“From never having been to a film set before and to not knowing how to deliver dialogues to today enjoying the craft so much where I am the most peaceful and happiest when I am in front of the camera… I think that’s the evolution. And then along the way you meet a Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who adds so much meaning to me not just as an actor and performer, but also as a human being,” the actor said.
“Ten years ago, thinking that I don’t fit the mould of being a Bhansali heroine, and today working in three films with him back-to-back… It’s been a pretty incredible journey,” said Deepika, who says she senses a soul, heart and mind connect with the director.
“We just understand each other by just looking at each other… I think you can only get to that stage when you reach a different sort of, almost a spiritual level of creativity, where you’re not afraid to take risks or failure. Everything you want to do is coming with a pure heart and a pure intention.”
So, can one expect them to collaborate yet again?
“Well, you never know. As of now, we are all focussed on ‘Padmavati’. And I would love to, although at this point, I also need to heal emotionally, mentally and physically from this experience. I think he and I both need to heal from this experience before we collaborate again,” she said.
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