Due to the controversy surrounding Padmavati and the death threats being levied on Deepika Padukone, actress and politician Shabana Azmi has decided to vocalize her support for Deepika and take this matter to the higher powers in New Delhi. Shabana has written a letter to the government to ensure the protection of Deepika and has asked actresses from the industry to sign it. While most of them have, Kangama Rananut (who was earlier rumoured to have given her consent) refused to do it. As per a report in DNA, Kangana’s problem was surprisingly not with Deepika, despite the fact that have a contentious relationship. Her problem was with Shabana and this ‘movement’.
I was filming Manikarnika in Jodhpur when I got a call from dear friend Anushka Sharma to sign the petition written by Ms. Shabana Azmi. I explained to her that Deepika Padukone has all my support but I am a bit wary of Shabana Azmi’s investment in left-wing Vs right-wing politics.
I have my own set of ideas and opinions about the current situation in our country. I am on the fence about many things and being a part of a feminist movement called Deepika Bachao led by someone who character assassinated me when I was bullied by influential men, seems to be one of them. Anushka understood but I am glad they reached out to me. Like I said Deepika has all my support, I am an individual perfectly capable of supporting who I like without anyone’s support.
Kangana is referring to Shabana’s step-son Farhan Akhtar who wrote an open letter on Facebook defending his friend Hrithik Roshan when Hrithik was in the middle of an intense legal battle with Kangana.