The controversies around Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati doesn’t seem to sober down even as Padmavati’s star cast and filmmakers appear confident about the release. Both director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone have been given police protection post threats issued out by the Karni Sena. The actress does not seem to be threatened by any of the intimidation and has given out a statement expressing her confidence in the film.
Deepika spoke to a publication about the film saying, “While we are filming, we don’t burden ourselves with the high expectations. I think now the film is complete, we are just excited. We are feeling confident but also keen and eager to show this film to people because we have made it with so much love, passion and enthusiasm. We hope the audience like it and I know they will. We are all getting this feeling of love already before its release. I can feel Padmavati is heading towards being something really special."
When asked about where she would like to go back in time, Deepika responded by saying, “Right now, I don’t know. I don’t think I am in the frame of mind really to answer that question at this point. I feel like I have done a couple of historical films now and need to take a break from that.”
Deepika remains grateful to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for providing her strong female roles in his films. Asked about working with Bhansali, she said, “It has evolved to a point where we don’t even need to say much to each other. From Ram Leela to now with Padmavati, he has given me such strong female characters. In some ways they are so similar to each other, but in so many ways they are so very different. He has brought out the best in me as an actor. He has nourished and enriched me as a human being. I think our relationship today is full of trust, honesty and there is a lot of comfort that we share.”