While Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat is being hailed by everyone as the director’s best work till date, it goes without saying that while the appreciation for the mega-budget flick is pouring in from all quarters, there are few of those who are slamming it left, right and center.
Sure, we have always seen the members of the vandal Karni Sena protesting against the release of the epic drama with their heart and soul, in a SHOCKING turn of events, someone from B-Town is seemingly in a mood to stir up a fresh new controversy around it, and that is none other than Veere Di Wedding actress, Swara Bhasker.
It so happened that Bhasker, who has been a big admirer of Bhansali and even played a small role in his Hrithik Roshan-starrer Guzaarish, wrote out an open letter to the ace director.
Check it out right here:
I loved the performances by all the actors in #Padmaavat – The film is seductive in its grandeur, scale, beauty, power of its actors’s performances, music, design, vision… and therein lies the problem! Some thoughts.. sorry abt the length 🙈🙈🙈https://t.co/0hYnvlAvAD
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 27, 2018
Although the letter is filled with eight paragraphs worth of praises for the master craftsman and even supported the man over the ongoing protests, she concluded that at the end of the film, she felt that it reduces women to talking vaginas, and even pointed out that she too simply felt like one once the show was over.
Over and above that, a few excerpts came across as pretty shocking to us!
Here are those little snippets:
Women have the right to live — independent of whether men are living or not.
Women have the right to live. Period.
Women are not only walking talking vaginas.
Yes, women have vaginas, but they have more to them as well. So their whole life need not be focused on the vagina, and controlling it, protecting it, maintaining it’s purity. (Maybe in the 13th century that was the case, but in the 21st century we do not need to subscribe to these limiting ideas. We certainly do not need to glorify them. )
It would be nice if the vaginas are respected; but in the unfortunate case that they are not, a woman can continue to live. She need not be punished with death because another person disrespected her vagina without her consent.
There is life outside the vagina, and so there can be life after rape. (I know I repeat, but this point can never be stressed enough.)
In general, there is more to life than the vagina.
Well, that sure raises some food for thought, but also, we think that she’s going a little too far with the controversial Jauhar climax.
What’s your take on this? Let us know!
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