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Deepika Padukone breaks silence on Padmavati protests, says we as a nation have regressed

India Today logo India Today 14-11-2017

The opposition against Padmavati has been so strong, that some have demanded that Sanjay Leela Bhansali be tried for treason. Ever since rumours of a dream sequence between Rani Padmini (Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) started doing the rounds, several groups have taken to the streets to protest against this 'distortion of history'.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the Padmavati team's clarifications that there was no such scene fell on deaf ears and the protests escalated. Even as a sword hangs over the release of the film, Deepika Padukone said at the 3D trailer launch, "Nothing and no one can stop this film."

In a recent interview with IANS, Deepika opened up about the controversy surrounding Padmavati. "It's appalling, it's absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed," she said, adding, "The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film."

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy hit out at Deepika for calling the nation regressive. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, "Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression!! Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective. (sic)"

Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression!! Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective.

Subramanian Swamy had earlier alleged that Padmavati was funded by sketchy sources from Dubai to defame Hindu women.

Meanwhile, several people from the film fraternity, from Salman Khan to Jacqueline Fernandez, have spoken out in support of the film. Padmavati is slated to hit the theatres on December 1.

Also watch: Deepika said this about Padmavati

(Video provided by IANS)

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