- Kangana had refused to sign Shabana Azmi's 'Deepika Bachao' petition
- We should attack patriarchy and chauvinism, not individuals: Kangana
- Deepika Padukone's Padmavati has been indefinitely postponed
"It is absolutely wrong, but I feel it is not something which is very surprising. When my sister was in school, she faced an acid attack from a student and now when I am in a professional environment, a superstar is trying to put me behind bars. So, this is very common that happens in our society," Kangana said, reports news agency IANS. The 'superstar' she refers to is actor Hrithik Roshan who she claims a past romantic relationship with and who has filed a police complaint against the actress for alleged stalking.
"I feel we should not attack individuals, we should attack patriarchy and chauvinism. For individuals, we can call them out and say whatever you are doing is not right," Kangana Ranaut said, reports IANS. It is the view point that needs to corrected, whether expressed by men or women, she added.
Last week, reports emerged of a letter campaign to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to look into the threats made against Deepika Padukone. Spearheaded by Shabana Azmi - one of those who criticised the Censor Board for not certifying Padmavati - the letter was reportedly signed by Anushka Sharma, Vidya Balan and a handful of other actresses. Kangana did not sign and was the only person to acknowledge the letter's existence. In an explosive statement, she explained that she refused to participate in what she called 'Deepika bachao' because of Ms Azmi's involvement and not, as some reports had suggested, because she and Deepika share a rumoured history of friction.
Read Kangana Ranaut's statement about the letter, made last week:
Speaking to the press in Mumbai on Thursday, Kangana Ranaut also dismissed comparisons between her Manikarnika character - she's playing Lakshmibai of Jhansi - to Deepika Padukone's Rani Padmini from Padmavati. "Our film is a different film. It's a film about a warrior queen who fought against British empire. I feel we should feel ashamed that we didn't make any film earlier based on her life," Kangana said, reports IANS.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is expected to release next April. There's no knowing when Padmavati, co-starring Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, will release.
(With inputs from IANS)
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