Actress Swara Bhasker, recently, said in a scathing comment on Padmaavat, said she felt like a vagina only after watching the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial. However, director Vivek Agnihotri has a varied take on the same and has tweeted his views.
Swara believes Padmaavat has brought up the question whether women — widowed, raped, young, old, pregnant, pre-pubescent — have the right to live.
In an open letter published on The Wire late on Saturday, Swara has decried glorification of self-immolation customs Sati and Jauhar.
She began her note by congratulating Bhansali for being able to release Padmaavat despite the hurdles — something she says she even fought trolls for on social media.
The actress, who played a small part in Bhansali’s Guzaarish, watched Padmaavat first day, first show, and decided to share her concerns as it left her stunned.
“That’s what I felt like at the end of your magnum opus. I felt like a vagina. I felt reduced to a vagina-only.
“I felt like all the minor achievements that women and women’s movements have made over the years – like the right to vote, the right to own property, the right to education, equal pay for equal work, maternity leave, the Vishakha judgment, the right to adopt children… All of it was pointless; because we were back to basics.
“We were back to the basic question – of right to life. Your film, it felt, had brought us back to that question from the Dark Ages – do women – widowed, raped, young, old, pregnant, pre-pubescent… do they have the right to live?” Swara wrote.
Vivek Agnihotri, the man behind movies like Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal and Hate Story tweeted about the same recently. He took to his Twitter account and said, “We have interviewed many ex-naxal women in Bastar. Each has gut-wrenching stories to tell, full of abuse, rape and misogyny If they marry, they aren’t allowed to have children. I think fake feminist @ReallySwara must make a trip to understand how the Real Vagina feels like.”
In a series of tweets, both had an argument, check out the tweets below:
I’m sorry did u just suggest that i go get myself raped?????????? Like seriously? You typed out this tweet Vivek… ?????
I’d say pretty low and sick even by your own abysmal standards of conduct & civility. https://t.co/d1LCCE9B5I
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 30, 2018
Why is it that whenever we talk about empathy and understanding, fake feminists like @ReallySwara can only think of rape? You can say whatever you want, they end up translating it only with their sexually perverted dictionary. https://t.co/go6sjFR1PR
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) January 31, 2018
What women need to understand that it’s because of the fake feminists like @ReallySwara that the feminist movement gets jeopardised. You just can’t piss off people and win the most critical war of modern times – the gender empathy.
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) January 30, 2018