This Open Letter To Sanjay Leela Bhansali By Swara Bhaskar Is Trending On Social Media

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Padmaavat has finally released and crossed all the hurdles in between the release of this mega-opus. The movie is winning hearts of the audiences. But seems like Swara Bhaskar has some other opinions about the movie.

Swara Bhaskar who is known for her versatile acting and for being outspoken about her thoughts has written an open letter to the director of Padmaavat, Sajnay Leela Bhansali about what she felt after watching the movie.

Swara Bhaskar like every other fan of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie watched the first day first show of Padmaavat. The movie left her stunned and she decided to share her opinions about the movie in an open letter to the director himself.She feels that the movie has brought up the questions whether women — widowed, raped, young, old, pregnant, pre-pubescent — have the right to live. She said she felt reduced to a vagina.

“That’s what I felt like at the end of your magnum opus. I felt like a vagina. I felt reduced to a vagina-only.”
“I felt like all the ‘minor’ achievements that women and women’s movements have made over the years – like the right to vote, the right to own property, the right to education, equal pay for equal work, maternity leave, the Vishakha judgement, the right to adopt children… All of it was pointless; because we were back to basics.”
She wrote,
“We were back to the basic question – of right to life. Your film, it felt, had brought us back to that question from the Dark Ages – do women – widowed, raped, young, old, pregnant, pre-pubescent… do they have the right to live?”
She stressed on this point about the right to live:
“Women have the right to live, despite being raped sir. Women have the right to live, despite the death of their husbands, male ‘protectors’, ‘owners’, ‘controllers of their sexuality’… whatever you understand the men to be. Women have the right to live – independent of whether men are living or not.”

She shared what she felt after watching the climax of the movie where Deepika Padukone followed by thousands of women jumps into fire to commit “Jauhar”.

“Women have the right to live. Period. It’s actually pretty basic,” she wrote, referring to the “very uncomfortable”

She wrote,

“Women are not only walking talking vaginas. Yes, women have vaginas, but they have more to them as well. So their whole life need not be focused on the vagina, and controlling it, protecting it, maintaining its purity. (Maybe in the 13th century that was the case, but in the 21st century we do not need to subscribe to these limiting ideas. We certainly do not need to glorify them.”
“It would be nice if the vaginas are respected; but in the unfortunate case that they are not, a woman can continue to live. She need not be punished with death, because another person disrespected her vagina without her consent.
“There is life outside the vagina, and so there can be life after rape… In general, there is more to life than the vagina.”

Swara was hopeful that Sanjay Leela Bhansali would offer critique of Sati and Jauhar through his movie. She wrote,

“Your cinema particularly is inspiring, evocative and powerful. It can move audiences to emotional highs and lows. It can influence thinking and that, sir, is why you must be responsible as to what it is you are doing and saying in your film.”

And finally she signed off as ” “Swara Bhasker, Desirous of Life”.

You can read the complete letter by clicking here : Swara’s open letter

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