As Deepika Padukone on Tuesday evening visited JNU in order to broaden support to the students of the university who were attacked in the masked mob chaos, the actress became the subject of criticism, first, on social media and now by the Union Minister Smriti Irani. Smriti makes a citation to Deepika Padukone’s old interview where she is seen supporting Rahul Gandhi as the next Prime Minister and added that the actress had made her political association known in 2011 when she sided with Congress.
At an event organised by The New Indian Express in Chennai, the BJP leader criticized Deepika for standing next to people who rejoice every time a CRPF jawan is killed. She further told that she cannot deny Deepika the right to associate with people who beat up girls but wants to know what her political affiliation is. A picture that exhibited Deepika Padukone standing next to Aishe Ghosh, the student leader who got wounded in the mob attack that happened on Sunday, acquired severe backlash not just from Smriti Irani but other social media users.
Though Smriti Irani was the first BJP leader to criticize Deepika Padukone, another leader Tajinder Bagga persuaded the netizens to boycott her film Chhapaak. Chhapaak is helmed by Meghna Gulzar. The film follows the story of Malti who is an acid attack survivor and illustrates her journey from trauma to triumph. Besides Deepika Padukone playing the lead role, the film also features Vikrant Massey in a key role.