- "I feel proud to be a part of this film," said Deepika
- "Nothing can stop the release of this film," she added
- Ranveer and Shahid are also part of Padmavati
Of the entire controversy surrounding Padmavati, the 31-year-old actress said, "It's appalling, it's absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film."
Padmavati tells the story of Rani Padmini, who performed jauhar (self-immolation), when Alauddin Khilji, invaded the Chittor fort. Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji while Shahid Kapoor features as Rawal Ratan Singh, Padmini's husband.
Before Deepika, Shahid said that the audience and those criticizing Padmavati should give the film a chance. "I've been saying this since a long time. Watch the film and then decide. Give the film a chance and don't form preconceived notions. We have tried to keep everyone's feelings and interests in mind. We have tried to make film as best as we could. We will respect whatever people think of the film but you should see it first," he told PTI.
Meanwhile, actor Salman Khan also lent his support to Sanjay Leela Bhansali and said, "I want to say that you have Censor Board, they will take a decision. He makes very beautiful and excellent films."
Recently, the Supreme Court turned down a plea seeking a stay on the release of Padmavati and said that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should consider the "aspects before granting a certificate," PTI reported.
During the film's shooting in Jaipur, members of the Rajput Karni Sena vandalized the sets and manhandled Mr Bhansali. Later, the sets were torched near Mumbai and costumes were burnt. The first posters of Padmavati, featuring Deepika, were also burnt. The members of the Rajput Karni Sena have demanded that the film should be screened for them before it releases.
Last month, a rangoli, dedicated to Padmavati, made by an artist in Surat was vandalised. "Absolutely heart-breaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork! Disgusting and appalling to say the least," Deepika tweeted and also tagged Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and for 'action.'
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
Film bodies have appealed to Ms Irani and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to allow "freedom of expression for filmmakers."
(With IANS and PTI inputs)