Ahead of the release of her film Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone marking her presence at the ongoing protest about the JNU violence has been applauded and termed brave. While we have seen many names from the industry and fans supporting and celebrating her move, there is also a fair share of criticism and backlash. Payal Rohatgi, a true at heart government supporter, has backlashed at Deepika and accused her of standing with break India forces.
Two days ago amidst the CAA protest, a group of masked goons entered the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi and started beating the students and vandalising the location. The news spread like wildfire there are ongoing nationwide protest against the goons. While the anger regarding the incident is still fuming and the country is lending its support to the students, we saw Deepika on ground zero taking her stand.
Today, lashing out at her is Payal, who in a tweet blamed her if supporting the Breaking India forces. She wrote, “Ram Ram ji #DeepikaPadukone father won medals for India and she stands for two #BreakingIndia forces. Afterall she proved that she is #AliaBhatt BFF. #boycottchhapaak #DeepikaAtJNU #PayalRohatgi.”
— PAYAL ROHATGI & Team- Bhagwan Ram Bhakts (@Payal_Rohatgi) January 8, 2020
Meanwhile, though Deepika kept silent at the venue, she opened up about the issue in an interview with India Today. She said, “I said what I wanted to say 2 years ago when Padmaavat was releasing. It’s the same fear I felt two years at the time. When I see all this, I feel pain. I hope that this doesn’t become the new normal that anyone can say anything and get away with it.”
She added, “I feel scared and feel sad too. I think this isn’t the foundation of our nation.”
Deepika is gearing for her film Chhapaak, which is set to release on January 10 and also stars Vikrant Massey in the lead.