Deepika Padukone visits JNU protest; BJP Boycott Calls after her visit

The central university has been in the news since Sunday after an unprecedented attack by vandals. Students and teachers have alleged these armed attackers belonged to the Right-wing ABVP, while it has alleged that the Left student organisations were behind it.

Deepika Padukone visits JNU protest; BJP Boycott Calls after her visit
Deepika at JNU, Telegraph Photo

Deepika Padukone's Tuesday evening visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University instantly polarised opinion on social media.

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Actor Deepika Padukone visited Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the students

Lazim hai ki hum bhi dekhenge. Deepika chose to play the supporting role to some real-life heroes.

As a co-producer of the film, those 15 minutes the actress spent at the JNU campus beside Aishe Ghosh - the battered JNU students' union president - Deepika, 34, has risked much more than any Kapoor or Khan or Bachchan.

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Deepika with JNU students' union president Aishe Ghosh who was among the over 30 students and teachers injured

Late in 2017, Deepika faced death threats from the fringe outfit Karni Sena for her film "Padmaavat" - they warned off chopping of her nose because they held the film dishonours the Rajput queen and fictionalizes crucial history. 

From then to now, she has shown that she remains unintimidated and is capable of using her stature for big causes. I haven't always been a fan of hers - I've written here about the red carpet atrocities she has committed - but on her strength and dignity, I am among those who are blown away by how she stood there calmly at Ground Zero without frenzy or dramatic comments.

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Deepika's visit to JNU is an unusually proactive show of support for a Bollywood A-lister at a time other major stars have avoided taking a stand

This is Bollywood's woke moment - when it mattered, its women at least finally stood up - and not just for a selfie. Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Richa Chadha are amongst countless other celebrities who are part of this rising. For someone to take this chance at a time when crores are tied up in her own production is nothing short of inspiring.

"The female of the species is, and was, and will always be the strongest of the two," tweeted filmmaker Anurag Kashyap who was expectedly not invited at the government's 5-star meeting to woo an industry it thought (with good reason until now) was utterly pliant. Perhaps those who choose to remain silent will get that fandom could swerve away from them.

Deepika did not speak at JNU but images of the actor standing silently with the attacked students drew admiration from many

600 million young people have two big obsessions - movies and cricket. They are also watching Captain Kohli choosing to stay in the pavilion when it's turning point. Again, it's the skipper's choice to say he doesn't have much knowledge of the CAA protests, that he doesn't want to mix sport and hit it out of the park like he did during demonetization, praising it before we could even run to the bank. 

As for Deepika, the image of her standing, hands folded, with students, is the real blockbuster.

Source : NDTV with TKT input