It can be easily said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ is one of the most controversial Bollywood movies, EVER. Right from its shooting days to now when it is finally out in the theatres, Padmaavat has been one of the most trending topics of discussion on news channels and social media.
It started with Karni Sena slapping Mr. Bhansali on the sets and later many life threats were given to the cast of Padmaavat, specially the lead actress Deepika Padukone. But, crossing all hurdles, which includes change in the original name Padmavati and many cuts in the original script, the film is out in the theatres and the review from critics and film pundits has been, mostly, good.
Recently, Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar wrote an open letter after watching Padmaavat and created a huge controversy. Swara didn’t like the ‘Jauhar’ scene in the film and thought it was unnecessarily glorified and wrote a long letter to Mr. Bhansali, which went viral on social media in no time.
Many celebrities from Bollywood and also media persons have slammed Swara Bhaskar for her views. While Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has not made any comment on her letter, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have made public statements on her “open letter”.
In the letter, Swara Bhaskar wrote:
“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.”
Shahid Kapoor, who, many believe, has given one of the best performances of his acting career in Padmaavat, replied:
“Yes, I have come to know that Swara has written a letter, but honestly, I have not yet read it yet, the letter is quite long and we are all really busy. I do not know what her issue is, maybe whatever issue she has is with Sanjay sir. “
“When the entire film fraternity is standing with us in such a situation this open letter looks a bit awkward. But she has written about her personal opinion and everyone has the right to have one.”
“I would say that this time is not for such things, Padmaavat has been representing the whole film industry. It is also representing freedom of expression and freedom of speech. It has been really difficult to make this film reach the audience.”
Deepika Padukone, who is the centre of attraction in the movie, also gave a very good reply to Swara Bhaskar’s open letter. This is what she said:
“Let me put things in perspective. We are not endorsing Jauhar. You must see the scene/practice in context to the period in which it was shown. And when you do that, you will realise, it’s so powerful. You do not feel like she is doing anything wrong. You want her to embrace the flames because she is going to be united with the man she loves.”