Vastavam web: Deepika Padukone is in the mood to celebrate. The strife is behind her, she says, and she is looking ahead.Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film “Padmaavat” was released this week after months of protests and threats, but the film’s leading lady said the tough times had been overtaken by the love of the audience.”Padmaavat” has been facing endless hurdles in the form of protest and death threats by a group called the Karni Sena since shooting began. The protests continue even now, and some states have even banned it.
The period drama is based on the 16th century epic “Padmavat” by poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. The sena has alleged that it distorts history and undermines Rajput valor claims denied by the filmmakers.The film also stars Shahid Kapoor, who plays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh, who plays Alauddin Khilji, but it was Deepika who faced the wrath of Rajput community who issued death threats to her.”When Rani has so much strength, why would she need others? In my personal life I fight my own battle, I don’t need anyone,” she added.”Being a central protagonist as a female actor and with this kind of budget, I did feel a sense of responsibility so at times I used to go to the sets when I saw a little bit of what they were doing. Other than that, it seems as if we have shot two different films,” Deepika said.
Recalling the experience of shooting for the jauhar sequence when women are shown ready to court death she said the last scene had stayed with her for quite some time.”My parents have seen the film and they were proud of my work, but there was a sense of disbelief, like they were thinking is she our daughter?
“As I don’t stay with them, they don’t know much in detail about the role or the film. I want them to enjoy the film as a normal audience. They had no idea about ‘Padmaavat’ and the story. The last 15 minutes of the film for my parents were tough… they hate it when I die in films,” Deepika said.
She said she was always confident the film would be released, but what she did not anticipate was the love and support of the audience.”The amount of love, support is unprecedented and most important the blessings that I am getting. I feel what have I done to deserve this (love),” she said.For Deepika, playing the part of Rani Padmini in the historical drama was the most difficult role in her decade- long career.