Padmaavat faced controversies before its release. Even after its release, it is not having an easy time. Arguments and controversies do not want to leave its side. As soon as the film hit the screens, debates over its depiction of Jauhar started making rounds. Actress Swara Bhaskar wrote an open letter to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali asking for justification.
The actress wrote, "Your act of thoughtlessly glorifying this misogynistic criminal practice is something you ought to answer for, Sir." While many have mulled over the point, actress Deepika Padukone who walked down the stairs to commit Jauhar on screen shared her thoughts for the first time, “We are not endorsing Jauhar. 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," she told DNA.
While many stood by Swara’s argument, others dissed it. Shahid Kapoor, one of the leads of the film also stood by Bhansali’s interpretation of the sensitive issue. "Every practice happens for various reasons. Within this film, Padmavati believed she would want to go into the fire as opposed to handing herself over to a man who is so evil, that he is ready to kill the entire kingdom to achieve one woman," said the star.
Post her letter to the director, Swara from time to time has been tagged as fake feminist but the star has stood her ground.
With or without condemnation, Padmaavat crossed one hundred crore on its opening weekend and is expected to cross 200 in the second.