The Padmavati controversy has taken the nation by storm. Bollywood has not really stood by its ilk in this controversy. Rajeev Masand’s latest blind item seems to suggest otherwise. Barring three women, most of the other female actors have rallied behind Deepika. The actors who haven’t supported her, are all her fiercest rivals. All have given lousy excuses to not support the actress.
Truth be told Bollywood rarely doesn’t stand behind its stars. All of Bollywood stood behind Sanjay Dutt & Salman Khan, when ran into trouble. A lot does depend on your clout we suppose. Imagine celebs not rallying behind Salman Khan if his movie ever got into trouble!
A senior female actor, a firebrand feminist, has reportedly led an initiative to reach out to the Prime Minister, objecting to the manner in which protestors threatened physical violence against the leading lady of a controversial Hindi film.
The veteran actress got a strongly worded letter drafted by a Supreme Court lawyer and sent it around to other top actors, asking them to sign and put their weight behind it. Apparently, several female stars have put their name to the letter—both senior actors, and current-day leading ladies. Only three are believed to have politely declined.
One, famously rebellious, asked not to be involved. Nobody was surprised, given that few have supported her in her own crises. The second, a top star, dithered and delayed, saying she needed to consult her lawyer, but didn’t get back in time. The third, apparently asked to be excused because she holds a foreign passport and did not want to get on the wrong side of the authorities. The inside joke is that she wouldn’t have supported the film’s leading lady anyway, given their own past history.
Actresses: Kangana Ranaut, Katrina Kaif & Anushka Sharma