The Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker dared to differ on the opinions about Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. The actress wrote an open letter on The Wire and expressed her thoughts on the jauhar scene in the film. Although she praised the director but criticised the climax filmed in his magnum opus Padmaavat.
The Anarkali of Aarah actor faced social media wrath on sharing her thoughts on the film.
Swara Bhasker’s letter ended of conveying that she felt reduced to a vagina only at the end of Padmaavat. Well-known names like Suchitra Krishnamoothi and Vivek Agnihotri were among those who accused her of “fake feminism”. But some names from the industry spoke out in her support.
Here is what they had to say:
It’s appalling how everyone has swooped down so cruelly on @ReallySwara ! Come on guys.. whichever side of the debate you’re on.. you cannot abuse her for expressing what she feels! She is a brave, independent voice. Respect that. Not many of her ilk left around here.
— Mini Mathur (@minimathur) January 31, 2018
Just like SLB sir had a right to make a film and have it release,and we defended that right irrespective, @ReallySwara has a right to her https://t.co/H8hUFPMuN8 can’t coerce,abuse,slut-shame a person over their https://t.co/H8hUFPMuN8 can disagree,don’t disparage.✌️
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) January 31, 2018
You have every right to disagree with someone’s point of view, just remember to keep it civil.
It’s not surprising to see the wrath @ReallySwara is being doled out for expressing her views. But one can hope the discourse will change. Stay brave @ReallySwara
— Shruti Seth (@SethShruti) January 31, 2018
— sayani (@sayanigupta) January 31, 2018
Next time you feel disheartened by ppl trolling you, remember, an army of trolls could not even dampen .@ReallySwara ‘s spirit. They are powerless. Not even an irritation. Laughable.
— Raghu Ram (@tweetfromRaghu) January 31, 2018
Celebrities like Richa Chadha, Mini Mathur, and Jwala Gutta spoke up on the right to opinion and freedom of expression.