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Deepika Padukone hits back at Swara Bhasker’s hard-hitting critique on Padmaavat

Swara Bhasker has gained a fair share of admirers and detractors after she released an open letter bashing the jauhar scene depicted in Padmaavat.

After Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh’s reaction on Swara Bhasker’s open letter about the climax of Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone too has reacted to her letter. Swara Bhasker had written in the letter that she felt like a vagina after watching the climax of Padmaavat. On being asked about feminists taking a stand against Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone said in an interview with a leading Indian news channel, “I think people miss the fact that this film was set in an era- in the 12th and 13th century when rituals like this were practiced.”

Talking about Swara Bhasker’s letter, Deepika said, “She probably missed the disclaimer at the beginning of the film.”

Adding further, she said, “You probably went out to buy some popcorn and missed the initial disclaimers that come out. I think, secondly, the fact that it is important to view a film in totality and to see in which period it was set in. Third of all, I think for me this film is not just about the act (jauhar) that they all committed, but it stood for so much more. For me, it’s a celebration of women and their strength, power & dignity.”

Speaking about Shahid Kapoor’s reaction over the letter, he had said “it feels odd”, whereas Ranveer Singh had said that Swara had sent him a message congratulating him on his performance in the film.