Deepika Padukone: Padmaavat is a celebration of womanhood for me

Updated: February 4, 2018 9:46 am

Deepika Padukone shared that in many ways, the film Padmaavat is a turning point in her career. Related News
Padmaavat box office collection day 12: Deepika Padukone film continues to steamrollAfter Gangnam Style ft Khilji went viral, these Khalibali covers and remixes have got the Internet buzzingPadmaavat’s first show in Rajasthan is for HC judge in JodhpurPadmaavat may have led to a furious debate on whether the film is misogynistic and glorifies sati but Deepika Padukone says it has been an empowering experience to be a woman fronting an expensive Indian film. A scene should be viewed in context to the film, and the film has to be viewed in context to the era it was set in. “…I would like to believe that this will open the doors for many more such opportunities where producers are now able to put their money where their mouth is and back not just female-centric or female protagonists films but also back some of the films with this kind of budget.”
The film, which was released on January 25 following a massive controversy over its portrayal of “Rajput pride”, found itself in the centre of more trouble after release. “Yes, it didn’t go down in the way that it usually does but I would say that it’s been the case right from the verystart when there were incidents in February (during the shooting). I cherish that moment.”
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App The film is also a celebration of the fact that this is the most expensive Indian film ever been made with a female protagonist. Deepika doesn’t agree with the criticism. So I would say that the most recent events didn’t really surprise me. It has seen glory that no film has ever seen before. “In many ways, the film is a turning point in my career and yet I was willing to put that on hold to address a much larger issue…,” she said. We have not endorsed it today. So there was a sense of pride and we gave each other a group hug. The film has really come out in a very glorious way. “For me, it is the success of womanhood in so many different ways. The film’s box office success, in her view, is the biggest victory and she is ready to move on with that. Not just for myself but for women in films,” Deepika told PTI in an interview. And
we have moved on. “I respect the fact that people have varied opinions. As feminists and others debated the jauhar scene, actor Swara Bhasker wrote an open letter to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali saying the film glorified sati and watching it made her feel reduced to nothing but a “vagina”. (But) my point of view is that a film should always be viewed in totality and in context. I view that as a victory. “Today we can sit and discuss it but unfortunately, these were rituals that were practised back then. Despite realising that the film was a “turning point” in her career, she was ready to put it on hold and question the protests. The success of the film will, hopefully, open doors for more such films, the actor said. And I think that it is its biggest victory today.”
The actor said she is yet to find the moment to enjoy the success of the film but had a “group hug” with her family post the release. “My film had just released and we were talking about the last couple of days. At that very point, my gut told me that something wasn’t right. Which then brings me to the point – have people missed the disclaimer?” The film faced many hurdles in its journey to the screen and Deepika was targeted by fringe groups along with Bhansali. “There was a fleeting moment on Monday when my whole family was in Delhi together because my father (Prakash Padukone) was getting his first lifetime achievement award. “Different people had different views at that point.