MUMBAI—Starlet Swara Bhaskar, who projects herself on Twitter as a social reformist and keeps making outlandish and sick statements on politics and society 24/7, had written an open letter condemning the ‘Jauhar’ scene in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat.” She wrote she “felt like a vagina” after watching the film.
After getting oodles of needless publicity across the media and press, she also faced rejoinders from the film’s writers Siddharth-Garima, as well as leading lady Deepika Padukone and now director Vivek Agnihotri.
In a scathing retort, Padukone told a news channel that she defended the scene and said that she thought “some missed the fact that the film was set in the 12th and 13th-century era when such rituals were practiced.” Padukone added that Bhaskar might have “probably gone to buy some popcorn and missed the initial disclaimers that come out.”
Padukone added that it was important to watch a film in totality and see that the Jauhar stood for much more. She felt that the act of self-immolation then was a celebration of women and their strength, power, and dignity. In that sense, it was almost like an act of war.