As Padmavati has been surrounded by several controversies, actress Deepika Padukone has also been receiving death threats from the communities. Many Bollywood celebrities have offered their support to Deepika Padukone and the film. Veteran actress Shabana Azmi too has expressed her solidarity by starting a petition Deepika Bachao. A source close the development revealed, “Everyone has been approached. We are awaiting the signatures of A-listers like Kangana Ranaut, Katrina Kaif, and two more actresses. Once they sign, we will be taking the matter forward.’’
There have been reports about Kangana Ranaut refusing to sign the petition owing to her enmity with Deepika Padukone and also for the fact that Shabana Azmi is leading the petition.
Speaking to a leading daily, Kangana Ranaut said, “I was filming Manikarnika in Jodhpur when I got a call from dear friend Anushka Sharma to sign the petition written by Ms. Shabana Azmi. I explained to her that Deepika Padukone has all my support but I am a bit wary of Shabana Azmi’s investment in left-wing Vs right-wing politics. I have my own set of ideas and opinions about the current situation in our country. I am on the fence about many things and being a part of a feminist movement called Deepika Bachao led by someone who character assassinated me when I was bullied by influential men, seems to be one of them. Anushka understood but I am glad they reached out to me like I said Deepika has all my support I am an individual perfectly capable of supporting who I like without anyone’s support.”