Pertinent questions

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Feb 2018 11:29:34


Defending her stance on Padmaavat that it made her feel reduced to a “vagina only”, actress Swara Bhasker has said the questions she raised via her lengthy open letter were legitimate and should have become a part of national level discussion.

Asked what prompted her to write an open letter to the Padmaavat filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Swara said in Mumba, “Padmaavat has become part of national conversation and I also want to remind people that from the beginning, I supported Padmaavat, and criticised The Shree Rajput Karni Sena only because each artist should have freedom to express their thoughts through their art in a safer and democratic environment.

“But once a film get released, then it comes for public consumption and I feel this film became an important film for our country as it opened up a discussion about so many issues. I thought that my questions about this film should also become a part of that national level discussion and that’s why I published this letter on a public platform.”
Swara spoke out about it on the sidelines of the Nexbrands Vision Awards 2018 in Mumbai.

Her letter last week was a scathing comment, criticising the Jauhar scene that features the film’s lead actress Deepika Padukone.

Swara said watching the glorification of Jauhar, she felt like a woman was being reduced to “vagina only”. She got trolled also on the social media.“I think everyone in this country has freedom to express their opinions, so whatever I felt about ‘Padmavaat’, I expressed through an open letter,” she said, stressing that she expressed her opinion in a “very polite and respectful manner” and did not have any vicious intent behind it.