Deepika Padukone stirred a storm on the internet after she visited the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to express solidarity with the students who were attacked by a mob. She reached the campus in the evening and showed her support to the students. As soon as the pictures and videos of the actress surfaced on the internet, Bollywood stars praised her for showing support in her own way. Anurag Kashyap, Nikkhil Advani, Hansal Mehta, Anubhav Sinha, Richa Chadha, and Swara Bhaskar among others took to Twitter to hail the actress and even asked the fans to support her by watching Chhapaak.
Anurag Kashyap wrote, “The female of the species is, and was, and will always be the strongest of the two #DeepikaPadukone . Chhapak first day all shows. Let’s all those who stand against the violence go to @bookmyshow and show them. Make our silent statement which will be the loudest.”
This, however, could not stop the division of the Twitterverse into two. While there was an army of haters who criticised the actress and asked others to boycott her film, there were several who supported her.
“Let’s not forget she is also the producer of the films .. stakes are even higher . Mad respect for @deepikapadukone," Kashyap added.
Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani tweeted, “As producer today @deepikapadukone would’ve been standing in the preview theatres in Mumbai waiting to hear praise being showered on her maiden production. She instead chose to stand in solidarity with #JNUstudents knowing fully well the ramifications of her actions. #RESPECT.”
Deepika's Chhapaak co-star Vikrant Massey, Sobhita Dhulipala, Swara Bhasker and others also hailed her.
During the promotions of Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone expressed that she is happy people are coming forward with their opinion. She said, “I feel proud about it that people are coming out -- be it on the streets or wherever they are -- they are raising their voice and expressing themselves as it is important. If we want to see change in life and society, it is important that a point of view be put forward."
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