No malice behind writing a letter on ‘Padmaavat’: Swara

Vastavam web: Actor Swara Bhasker says she wrote an open letter criticising “Padmaavat” because she wanted to raise some questions about the film on a public platform.Bhasker’s letter, which criticises director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for apparent glorification of the practice of Jauhar (mass sati), has sparked a controversy online.”I think I kept my point across in a very polite and respectful manner. I didn’t have any bad intention or malice in my heart,” she told reporters at an event here last evening.

The actor said she thought her questions were valid and needed to be asked.”If people don’t agree with me, it’s totally fine. It’s a democracy, so it’s good if people think there can be a difference of opinion. Debates and discussions should happen. This is the purpose of art.” “I didn’t think it would cause a row and I never thought people, who are not even connected with the film, will get upset. I also didn’t know that this special word, which stars from ‘V’, just taking that word would cause a controversy! I mean frankly, I said something, others reacted.”There’s nothing to be upset about, especially those who have nothing to do with the film need not be upset.” “I haven’t spoken to him about this. The letter I wrote was in the format of an open letter. Because this film has become a national talking point, it has become a part of national conversation.”