While the release of Padmavati remains unclear, the controversy surrounding the film and its lead actor Deepika Padukone isn’t dying down. Recently veteran actor and social activist, Shabana Azmi filed a petition called ‘Deepika Bachao’ seeking support from the industry for Padukone’s protection and some reports suggest that Kangana Ranaut refused to sign the petition. Responding to these claims, Ranaut cleared the air, adding that she isn’t against Padukone but Azmi who is spearheading the proceedings.
“Deepika [Padukone] has all my support; I am an individual perfectly capable of supporting who I like without anyone else’s support.”
I was filming Manikarnika in Jodhpur when I got a call from dear friend Anushka Sharma to sign the petition written by Ms. Shabana Azmi,” she said. “I explained to her 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, led by someone who character assassinated me when I was bullied by influential men, seems to be one of them.”
Clearly, Ranaut is not against Padukone as earlier rumours suggested and is supporting her during this ongoing Padmavati controversy. As far as work is concerned, Ranaut is currently shooting for an upcoming historical drama, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi which is based on Rani Laxmibai.