Written byAnkita Chakravarti ·
Swara Bhaskar's open letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali created a furore on the social media. She has penned down her thoughts on "being reduced to a vagina" after watching the magnum opus 'Padmaavat'.
The actress is known for her fierce opinions. But, in order to be heard, she took it too far this time around.
We smell hypocrisy, do you?
In her letter, Swara accused the filmmaker of glorifying the practices of the 13th century in this time and era.
What she might have missed is that the film is a mere picturization of the 13th-century India and the director has nowhere claimed it to be a youth-centic or a relatable film.
The pertinent question is - was that deliberately ignored by her?
Unlike what she claims, "Jauhar" in no way was glorified. It was shown the way it was done back then. It was performed by the queen on her terms, nobody forced her into it.
It was her way of escaping the beast as being a 13th-century girl she had no pepper spray or the marshal tricks of kicking him in the groin.
People have accused Bhansali of villainizing Khilji, but don't our history books say so? He was always regarded as the villain and his religion has got nothing to do with it.
There's no harm in calling a spade a spade.
Why should religion be mixed with art, one way or the other?
Voices like Swara's are certainly important in the patriarchal world, now more than ever. But when you have so many believers, your words should be supported by facts and not baseless rants.
Bringing everything down to a vagina is misinterpreting the concept of feminism.
Swara's 2440 words letter would have made a lot of sense, if only she had risen above her vagina.
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