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Saturday, February 03, 2018

Defending her stance on Padmaavat that it made her feel reduced to a "vagina only", actress Swara Bhaskar has said the questions she raised via her lengthy open letter were legitimate and should has become a part of the national level discussion.

Asked what prompted her to write an open letter to the Padmaavat filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Swara said here: "Padmaavat has become part of national conversation and I also want to remind people that from the beginning, I supported Padmaavat, and criticised The Shree Rajput Karni Sena only because each artist should have freedom to express their thoughts through their art in a safer and democratic environment.

"But once a film get released, then it comes for public consumption and I feel this film became an important film for our country as it opened up a discussion about so many issues.

"I thought that my questions about this film should also become a part of that national level discussion and that's why I published this letter on a public platform."

Swara spoke out about it on the sidelines of the Nexbrands Vision Awards 2018.

Her letter last week was a scathing comment, criticising the Jauhar scene that features the film's lead actress Deepika Padukone.

Swara said watching the glorification of Jauhar (self-immolation), she felt like a woman was being reduced to "vagina only".

She got trolled also on the social media.

I asked legit questions and I think this kind of conversation is necessary in our society. I think it is good that it's happening and apart from that, I didn't think people will take so much interest in my letter. I didn't know that people of India have so much interest in reading."

Besides that, she said, she never thought the word "vagina" would create "such a controversy".

The actress became angry when asked if she wrote the letter to Bhansali as a publicity stunt or if anyone offered her money to do so.








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