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Deepika Requests Smriti Irani To Take Action Following Padmavati Rangoli Vandalism

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New Delhi, October 20: Deepika Padukone has requested the Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani to take action against culprits who destroyed a rangoli featuring her as Rani Padmini of her upcoming film Padmavati.

One member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and four members of Rajput Karni Sena were arrested for vandalizing the rangoli prepared by a local artist at the Rahul Raj Mall on past Sunday. The artist took 48 hours to make the rangoli and posted a picture of it on Twitter. Police arrested the perpetrators on the basis of a video footage displaying men shouting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ as they destroyed the rangoli.

Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma requested mall owners to come forward and file a case against those who do such wrongdoings. “We have arrested five persons, four of them belonging to outfit Karni Sena and one from the VHP. More persons are likely to be arrested as the video footage recovered by us shows 8-10 persons involved in the activity,” Sharma said.

“I also want to make it clear that the police will deal with strictness against any such action. Freedom of expression is everyone’s right in a democracy, but vandalism will not be allowed,” he said.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been facing a lot of hostility since its inception. Bhansali was attacked last year by members of Karni Sena who claim that history is being distorted in Bhansali’s film. The same group burnt posters last month featuring Deepika, Shahid, and Ranveer. They have also warned to thwart the screening of the film if facts were twisted. The movie is scheduled to release on December 1, 2017.

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Deepika Padukone Speaks About The MeToo Movement

While not directly addressing Tanushree Dutta's allegations against Nana Patekar, Ranveer said gender irrespective, any kind of harassment is unacceptable

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The #MeToo movement is not a man versus woman debate, says Bollywood’s leading actress Deepika Padukone, who feels it is a matter of voices being raised in favour of right over wrong.

Deepika Padukone and actor Ranveer Singh, who made a joint appearance at the 16th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here on Friday, were asked to comment on the raging #MeToo movement in Bollywood.

She said: “For me, the MeToo movement is not about gender. It’s about the victory of right over wrong. So anyone who faces any sort of discrimination or any sort of abuse, I think we as a people must support that person. It’s not about a woman or a man or female vs male, let’s not get confused in that conversation.”

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MeToo movement not about gender, it’s about right over wrong: Deepika. (Wikimedia Commons)

While not directly addressing Tanushree Dutta’s allegations against Nana Patekar, Ranveer said gender irrespective, any kind of harassment is unacceptable.

“Harassment per se, is wrong. Harassment of anyone. Women, men… Any person being harassed is wrong, whether it is in the workplace, public place, the street, at home… harassment is wrong. Right now there is something that has happened, and there are all kinds of speculations, but if it has happened, it takes a lot of courage to speak about it.

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“You’ve been through some very disturbing experience. It takes courage to speak publicly about it. Therefore you must consider what the person is saying. But it’s inconclusive yet, so we are confused about what actually happened. But if it has, it is absolutely wrong and I condemn it emphatically. It is beyond gender… Harassment of any kind. If you maliciously act against anyone, it is absolutely wrong,” Ranveer said, eliciting loud applause from the audience. (IANS)

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