Deepika Padukone is happy with the success of the film as after a huge struggle and mental tribulations the film PADMAAVAT released. Since then Deepika has been garnering accolades for her performance as Rani Padmavati. Just when the film PADMAAVAT was out of the shackles of fringe groups, it got mired into another controversy, as Swara Bhaskar went on to write a 2500 words long open letter
after watching the film.
Everyone was in shock with Swara’s comments on Rani Padmavati’s jauhar act in the film. As by the end of the film Swara thought that the concept of the film was ‘reduced to a vagina’. Post that the industry stood divided on her opinion. While director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ranveer gave an indirect response, Shahid went on to say that one needs to watch the film in the context of 13th century, the lead actress Deepika Padukone took a subtle dig at Swara’s letter.
During the success interviews of PADMAAVAT, Deepika Padukone when asked what is her take on Swara’s open letter, she responded saying, “There was a disclaimer at the beginning of the film it is important to view a film in totality and to see in which period it was set in. I think for me this film is not just about the act (jauhar) that they all committed, but it stood for so much more. For me, it’s a celebration of women and their strength, power and dignity. What I take back from Rani is her courage and the dignity she stood for.”
Intrestingly, in an interview with India Today, Deepika remarked saying, "She (Swara) probably missed the disclaimer at the beginning of the film. You probably went out to buy some popcorn and missed the initial disclaimers that come out."
Well the whole fuss about Swara's letter was the Jauhar scene, when asked Deepika to talk about the scene she said, “It was the toughest scene I have done in my career. As an actor it wasn’t just dialogues it was more of expressions, the last 15 minutes when she was going through the process there were so many thoughts flashing in her mind and I was emoting through eyes. “
With teary eyes, she went on to say, “Rani Padmaavati at that moment had just lost her husband and was about to enter the fire, she had a lot in her mind which she couldn’t say, but wanted too, as Deepika it was challenging for me.”