NEW DELHI: Actress Deepika Padukone received support from her colleagues in Bollywood for taking part in the protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University.
She visited the group of JNU students who were attacked by a violent mob including the president of the students’ union Aishe Ghosh whose images went viral on social media.
Her visit to JNU received a polarised reaction where the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act group supported her while the right-wing called for a boycott of her upcoming film 'Chhapaak'.
Bollywood celebrities such as Anubhav Sinha, Anurag Kashyap, Swara Bhakar, etc expressed support to her.
Anurag Kashyap changed his profile picture to Deepika's where she stood before the JNU president Aishe who was brutally attacked.
Her colleagues said that her move was courageous because stakes were higher for her as the producer of 'Chhapaak'.
'Chhapaak' is based on the life and struggles of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Deepika plays Malti, who was attacked with acid by a man whose advances she rejected.
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 .— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 7, 2020
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— Nikkhil Advani (@nikkhiladvani) January 7, 2020
Thank you @deepikapadukone for giving this movement a mainstream narrative. For using your position to choose the correct path. It always comes to the women and yes, they do deliver! Big love sister! #WeAreWithJNU #noplaceforfascism— Sayani Gupta (@sayanigupta) January 7, 2020