For the cast and crew of Padmaavat, its release came with a huge sigh of relief. Now as the movie sees packed audience in theatres, the cast is slowly opening up on their journey. On facing relentless pressure from right-wing elements leads Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh spoke up but Thursday saw its female lead, Deepika Padukone finally speak out about the threats of cutting off her nose issued against her.
To the horrific death threats, Deepika had a very sassy reply, “You can take my feet. I like my nose.” On having faced ban from several state governments against the film’s release, she called it an occasion of bad politics, “Honestly, I don’t understand the politics of this, but I do know is that when you have done something right, you stand for what is right.”
Freedom of expression is a cause the star fearlessly fought for during the dark days before the release. Her first steps towards raising her voice against the baseless agitation against the film united the entire industry to speak against it. “It’s important to make and create and express,” added the actress.
At a time when actresses around the world are fighting for equal pay, Deepika seems to have outdone herself for having been paid more than her co-stars. However, she is not shy of it, “I think I deserve it. It’s not about deserving more than somebody else, it’s about deserving what I think is right about myself,”
When the movie plays on screen, critics and audience alike believed the roles could not have been played by anyone better. But Deepika had a different side to the story, “A lot of people advised them to not do the film, not just for the fact that they were both biting into the challenging roles in their own ways but also because it was named after the female protagonist.”
In spite of all its troubles, the film is seeing a steady collection at the box office.