Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar who is known was making powerful and real-life stories is gearing up for the release of her Sam Bahadur movie. Vicky Kaushal starrer is about General Army Sam Manekshaw whereas her previous film Chhapaak was about an acid attack victim. After making Raazi with Alia Bhatt and Vicky, people had serious expectations of Chhapaak. Unfortunately, the film didn’t fare well at the box office. And Meghna Gulzar seems to have blamed Deepika Padukone.
Meghna Gulzar on Deepika’s JNU visit
During the promotions of Sam Bahadur, in an interview with Indian Express, Meghna Gulzar said that the entire conversation about Deepika Padukone visiting JNU was shifted from acid attack. She told the portal, ”I am sure that the answer is pretty obvious. Yes, of course, it made a dent on the film. Because the conversation went from acid violence, which I intended the film to amplify, to somewhere else. So, of course, it impacted the film. There is no denying that.”
For the unversed, Deepika Padukone visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) during the CAA-NRC protests. Though she did not speak about anything, she stood there in solidarity with the students in silence. Several Bollywood celebs were maintaining their silence, and Deepika’s presence during the protest created waves on social media. There were many who even slammed the Gehraiyaan actor for the same and it was during the release of Chhapaak.
Before heading to JNU, Deepika Padukone had spoken about the violence against students at the JNU campus in an interview with NDTV. “I feel proud to see that we aren’t scared to express ourselves… I think the fact that we are thinking about the country and its future. Whatever may be our point of view, it’s nice to see,” she had said.