Actress Swara Bhaskar recently made headlines with her open letter to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmaavat in which she criticised the depiction of ‘jauhar’ scene. Furthermore, she said that she “felt reduced to a vagina” after watching the period drama. Her statement created much buzz everywhere and now, the actress has opened up to speak about the same. Swara said that her letter was stupid in an interview to MidDay. When told that her letter was quite bold, Swara told the tabloid, “And an incredibly stupid one too, I hear.”
“I didn’t even know that I was so famous, or my voice mattered this much. Although in a twisted, warped way, it did remind me of the reach I had. However, the Bollywood I know deserves more credit than we give it, because the hatred I received for writing that letter came from social media users, not the industry. Bollywood braves too much criticism. It has accepted me the way I am, and given me the space to thrive. Fundamentally, I have fierce opinions. And if I have them, I must be prepared to deal with trolls. In Bollywood, however, everyone is only trying hard to hold their ground, despite all odds. So, this is not the industry that must be blamed”, Swara Bhaskar was quoted as saying to Mid-day.
Swara's critique of "Padmaavat" as a movie that glorifies 'Sati' and 'Jauhar', sparked a war of words between celebrities like Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Vivek Agnihotri and Raveena Tandoon slamming her.
Swara was seen on the finale day of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2018 where she was seen walking for designer label Crow. She was seen relaxed in a dove grey kurta and pants under a black, multi-slit, tabard-style embroidered cover.
Calling her collection "Fundamental Fragments", designer Shaila for her 'Crow' label, worked around basic shapes.