Wrote open letter on Padmaavat to raise questions publicly, don’t have malice in heart: Swara Bhasker

“I have time and again condemned the violence that the team of Padmaavat had to face. “I disagree with what they have said. “I haven’t spoken to him (Bhansali) about this. I wanted my questions to be a part of that national conversation. I also didn’t know that this special word which stars with ‘V’ would cause a controversy. Swara clarified her stand to the media on Tuesday evening at the red carpet of NexBrand’s Brand Vision Summit and Awards. This is the purpose of art. While some agreed with and praised Swara for her take on the film, there are many who have criticised her for speaking against it openly. 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. Debates and discussion should happen. I didn’t have any bad intention or malice in my heart. The letter I wrote was in the format of an open letter. We have spoken about this before. The only thing that she wanted was to raise questions that could become a part of the national debate about Padmaavat. I just had questions in my mind and I think they are quite valid. The actor said she is particularly surprised seeing those people criticise her, who are not “even related with the film.”
“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. And I want to remind you all who are having fun on its expense that I was among those voices, who constantly supported Padmaavat. But I will say this with respect that they have the right to say what they want to. It’s a democracy, so, it’s good if people think there can be a difference of opinion. So, obviously I don’t have any bad intent. So, just because of this, I published this letter on a public platform,” she said. I said what I felt. 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 mean frankly, I said something, others reacted. In the letter released on a news website, Swara Bhasker slammed Sanjay Leela Bhansali for apparently glorifying the practice of Jauhar (self-immolation), particularly criticising the dramatised way that the director shot the climax, where queen Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) is shown walking into the fire with hundreds of Rajput women as the Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) invades the Chittor fort. I don’t know why you all are so excited about this,” she said. I made a point. I think I kept my point across in a very polite and respectful manner. 2018-01-31T15:38:38+00:00″>
Updated: January 31, 2018 3:38 pm

The only thing that Swara Bhasker wanted was to raise questions that could become a part of the national debate about Padmaavat. “Everyone has the right to critique and express their opinion. So, I asked them. Swara Bhasker, however, did admit that she never thought her letter would cause such a controversy. I wrote it through a publication. There’s no big deal about this.”
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Because this film has become a national talking point, it has become a part of national conversation. Like me, others also have the right to express their thoughts. This figure-skater beautifully twirls to Deepika Padukone’s ‘Padmaavat’ songPadmaavat box office collection day 8: Sanjay Leela Bhansali film shows no signs of slowing downDays after she criticised Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat, actor Swara Bhasker has clarified that she intended to make her opinion a part of the larger debate that’s happening around the film, and the open letter didn’t have any hidden agenda to fulfill. If people don’t agree with me, it’s totally fine. I have constantly spoken against Karni Sena. I have spoken for the right of Viacom, Sanjay sir and the whole team of Padmaavat. There’s nothing to be upset about, especially those who have nothing to do with the film, need not be upset.”
The Anaarkali of Aarah star said the fact that she constantly spoke against the Karni Sena, who unleashed violence and incessant protests on Padmaavat, and in favour of the film’s team shows that her open letter has no malicious intention. In a scathing reply to her piece, writer duo Siddharth-Garima, who have penned Bhansali’s Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram Leela, wrote an open letter saying she is among the “biggest road-blocks for feminism.” Swara, who has read their letter, said while she doesn’t agree with them, she sees no issue in them expressing their opinion. Swara Bhasker said she put forward her point in the most respectful manner, without any bad intention behind it, and it’s okay if people don’t agree with her. So, it’s fine. Related News
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