- "Disgusting and appalling to say the least," tweeted Deepika
- A rangoli of Deepika's poster, which took 48 hours to make, was destroyed
- Deepika plays Rani Padmini in Padmavati
absolutely heart breaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork!disgusting and appalling to say the least! pic.twitter.com/Ot2Aki0MiA— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) October 18, 2017
Who are these people?Who is responsible for their actions?For how long are we going to let this go on? pic.twitter.com/2WFN0jcdua— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) October 18, 2017
allow them to take law into their own hands & attack our freedom & right to individual expression time & again!? pic.twitter.com/jlR5p3seds— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) October 18, 2017
The rangoli artist Karan had posted about the attack on Twitter and written, "#Padmavati Rangoli Controversy! A crowd of 100 people cried JAY SRI RAM AND rubbed out my 48hrs' intense work! Shocked." He also shared the pictures of the rangoli, along with the vandalised area.
Here's what Karan posted.
Deepika plays Rani Padmini of Chittor in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama Padmavati. Rani Padmini had performed jauhar (self-immolation) to protect their honour after Alauddin Khilji invaded Chittor fort. Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji while Shahid Kapoor features as Ratan Singh, Rani Padmini's husband.
Meanwhile, after Padmavati's first posters, featuring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, were released, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an outfit of the Rajput community, objected to the nature of reference to Alauddin Khilji. In protest, they had burnt the posters outside Rajmandir Cinema Hall in Jaipur. Before that, the outfit had objected to the portrayal of certain historical facts in the movie. The outfit claimed that the facts have been distorted and hence, they will not allow Padmavati's release unless Mr Bhansali shows them the film. The sets of the film in Jaipur and Mumbai were also attacked earlier.
Padmavati releases on December 1.