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Deepika Padukone’s JNU visit creates a splash; Unexpected gesture, expected reactions ? Hindi Movie News

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A day after many in the film industry took to the streets of Mumbai to protest the attack on JNU students, Deepika Padukone made a surprise visit to the university. The actor, who was in town to promote his upcoming film ‘Chhapaak’, took some time to visit the campus before leaving the city to lend his support to protesting students. She arrived at the university campus around 7:40 p.m. and attended a public meeting, convened by the JNU and JNU Teachers Association in response to Sunday’s attack on students and teachers by a masked mob armed with sticks and rods. Deepika showed up while former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was erecting azaadi slogans and left by the time current President Aishe Ghosh started speaking, without making big statements.

As soon as news broke from actor visiting JNU, Twitterati rushed to take sides, with hashtags like #ISupportDeepika and #BoycottChhapaak trend. While one section praised Deepika for taking a stand and showing solidarity with the students, others reprated her and called for her film to be boycicoted.

Deepika

‘It’s not a movie promotion, respect Deepika for standing up’
A number of names from the film industry came out to applaud Deepika for taking a stand and supporting protesting students regardless of how it would affect their next film

‘She joined tukde-tukde gang, boycott movie’

Critics, on the other hand, believe Deepika’s presence at JNU was a promotional tactic and some industry names rebuked the actress for supporting JNU


Vivek Agnihotri


I must congratulate your PR team, in one fell swoop they have free publicity. Everyone is trying to say that this is the voice of the students, but the percentage of students protesting is nothing. In doing this, the star of the film, has conveyed the message that he is not standing with the other 98% students

While talking to Times Now

Deepika: No stranger to controversy
Deepika is no stranger to controversy. Her 2018 film ‘Padmaavat’ was met with a lot of resistance from right-wing groups, who claimed that Queen Rajput was shown in bad light. In the manufacturing stage, several sets were destroyed, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the director, was slapped. Once the film was about to be released, fringe groups like Karni Sena called for a ban on the film, but it didn’t just stop there. In several states, the cinemas showing the film’s posters were vandalized, many right-wing fringe groups, as well as BJP leader Kunwar Surajpal Singh Ammu announced rewards for beheading Deepika and Bhansali, and made other violent threats. Responding to the threats, Deepika had said: “It’s awful, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we come as a nation? We’ve gone backwards. It’s not about Padmavati. We’re fighting a much bigger battle.” Despite all the threats, the film won Rs 585 crore.

p1--Padmavat



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