9 min read.Updated: 10 Jan 2020, 08:01 PM ISTRaja Sen
They said they would boycott her film. They said they would cut off her head. They said she couldn’t act. Deepika Padukone has spent her career putting ‘them’ in their place
The last time Deepika Padukone acted in a film, there was a bounty on her head. A few fringe organizations claiming to uphold traditional values, plus at least one leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, made grandiose proclamations of rewards for those who would bring them the actor’s head — announcements amplified by news channels—since they felt aggrieved by Padukone’s portrayal of the fictional Rani Padmavati, in a film they had not seen. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, “Padmavati" was headlined by the actor, her biggest project to date. All while hoodlums christened her “Surpanakha", encouraging other hoodlums to cut her nose off.