New Delhi: Opposition to Deepika Padukone’s upcoming release Padmavati has spilled over to Twitter where vitriolic tweets are being directed at the 31-year-old actress after she spoke about her embattled film. Padmavati, based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor, has been met with resistance from certain quarters, mainly Rajput groups, who say the film wrongly implies a romantic relationship between Padmini and Emperor Alauddin Khilji. Protests have included attacks on the film’s sets and demands that it be screened for approval. Deepika, who stars as Padmini, told news agency IANS on Tuesday, “Where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. 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 comment, which should widely be considered reasonable, has been pounced on with glee by trolls. These are some of the less distasteful tweets on Deepika and Padmavati.
Just because there is oppn to her movie Padmavati–Deepika says country regressed–wht an arrogance/wht a semi -literate/tell me your money source -will tell who is regressed:))))) RT
— RVAIDYA2000 (@rvaidya2000) November 14, 2017
Deepika Padukone should not have named her Character #Padmavati , then do all naach gaana she wants to do in mehfil.
Don’t disrespect those who sacrificed to make money.
— Ishkaran S. Bhandari (@Ish_Bhandari) November 14, 2017
Foolish Deepika – shd keep out of this mess OR just do like madhuri
Speak much w/o saying anything really
She does not seem2be fathoming the magnitude of charisma-the word/image “padmavati” resounds in hindu mind
For her it might just be a character
— Nitin Joshi (@duramount) November 14, 2017
@deepikapadukone dear deepika ..agar padmavati ki release ko koi rok ni skta toh toh humari bandook ki goli ko b koi rok ni skta
— RaJpUtAnA (@RaJpUtAnA_1) November 14, 2017
There was also this, which we think is a joke (because with trolls and Twitter, it’s really hard to tell sometimes):
Deepika Padukone height is 1.74m, but Rani Padmavati height was 1.75 m. Bhansali is destroying history so #WeBoycottPadmavati
— Swami (@mohitraj) November 11, 2017
Several tweets also defended Deepika Padukone’s right to speak and asked why the male actors of Padmavati – Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor – have been spared the sort of savaging that their female co-star is being subjected to.
Padmavati, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has been beset by trouble ever since filming was disrupted in January, when Mr Bhansali was assaulted and the sets attacked in Jaipur. Shooting moved to Maharashtra’s Kolhapur area where the sets were attacked again and set on fire.
Despite Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s repeated assurances that the film does not romanticise Padmini and Khilji, motley groups have demanded that they be allowed to watch Padmavati before it releases. A BJP leader called for the director to be prosecuted for treason.
Several film associations and celebrities have voiced support for Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Padmavati, expected to release on December 1.
Padmavati tells the story – considered legend rather than history by many authorities – of how Padmini of Chittor immolated herself to escape the invading Khilji. Ranveer Singh plays Khilji while Shahid Kapoor is cast as Padmini’s husband Rawal Ratan Singh.
(With inputs from IANS)
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