Amidst Deepika Padukone facing a series of threats over her upcoming film Padmavati, a letter, initiated by veteran actress Shabana Azmi and signed by several other female actors, has reportedly been sent to PM Narendra Modi urging him to take an immediate action.
However, there have been reports doing the rounds that actress Kangana Ranaut refused to sign the letter when Azmi approached her. In a recently released statement, Ranaut addressed the controversy surrounding the “Deepika Bachao campaign”.
A statement released in behalf of the actress:
"I was filming Manikarnika in Jodhpur, got a call from my dear friend Anushka Sharma to sign the petition written by Ms Shabana Azmi, I explained to Anushka 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' lead by someone who character assassinated me when I was bullied, 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."
Padmavati is facing trouble with several Rajput groups and political leaders, alleging that the film's director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has tampered with "historical facts" in the movie. Both Bhansali and Deepika have received death threats for being a part of the film.