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“I did not expect so much chaos” says Swara Bhaskar on her controversial open letter to Padmaavat

Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar has recently made headlines due to all the wrong reasons. The actress recently writes an open letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali and slams the director for glorifying sati and jauhar in his film.




The actress was offended by the end of the film where Rani Padmini (Deepika Paduone) commits Jauhar to safeguard herself from evil Alauddin Khilji. She said that she felt reduced to a vagina by the end of it.


In the letter, Bhasker wrote, “That’s what I felt like at the end of your magnum opus. I felt like a vagina. I felt reduced to a vagina-only.”


Swara has got extreme reactions to her letter; while some agreed to what she has penned, some feel otherwise.


Now, the actress has now opened up on her letter and said that she didn’t expect so much chaos on the particular word which starts with ‘V’.


The actress said, “Everyone has the right to express their opinion. Like me, others also have the right to express their thoughts. I made a point. I said what I felt. I think I kept my point across in a very polite and respectful manner. I didn’t have any bad intention or malice in my heart. I just had questions in my mind and I think they are quite valid. So, I asked them. If people don’t agree with me, it’s totally fine. It’s a democracy, so, it’s good if people think there can be a difference of opinion. Debates and discussion should happen. This is the purpose of art. So, it’s fine. I don’t know why you all are so excited about this.”


When she was asked about that if she feel that so much chaos will be happen to this, she said, “I didn’t think it would cause a row and I never thought people, who are not even connected with the film, will get upset. I also didn’t know that this special word which stars with ‘V’ would cause a controversy. I mean frankly, I said something, others reacted. There’s nothing to be upset about, especially those who have nothing to do with the film, need not be upset.”


When she was asked if she gets any reaction from Sanjay Leela Bhansali, she said, “I haven’t spoken to him (Bhansali) about this. The letter I wrote was in the format of an open letter. I wrote it through a publication. Because this film has become a national talking point, it has become a part of the national conversation. And I want to remind you all who are having fun on its expense that I was among those voices, who constantly supported Padmaavat. We have spoken about this before. I have constantly spoken against Karni Sena. I have spoken for the right of Viacom, Sanjay sir and the whole team of Padmaavat. It’s not only their right but every artiste’s that whichever story he or she wants to tell, they should be able to do that in a protective environment.” added the actor.


 Swara continued, “I have time and again condemned the violence that the team of Padmaavat had to face. So, obviously, I don’t have any bad intent. Once a film releases, it is there for public consumption, and because this movie is so important, it has raised so many other issues in our society. I wanted my questions to be a part of that


national conversation. So, just because of this, I published this letter on a public platform.”


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