Bollywood star, Deepika Padukone, joined Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) protest on Tuesday after alleged members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) brutally assaulted dozens of students and teachers.
Students were protesting against an attack on them by masked suspects with alleged links to a student group backed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The JNU protest has already created a rift on social media and after Deepika Padukone’s visit Indians on both sides of the political divide are having a meltdown.
While many have applauded Deepika for showing solidarity with the student protesters…
… many have turned against her and are exhorting to boycott her movie Chhapaak releasing this Friday.
Deepika was in the Indian capital for the promotion of her upcoming movie, Chhapaak, that revolves around an acid attack survivor. Many Indians believe that it is an attention seeking move by Deepika to promote her movie after students received acid attack threats.
Earlier, on a show, Deepkia told NDTV India that she feels proud that people have come out and raised their voice without fear, in reference to the protests against the amended Indian Citizenship Act, the National Register of Citizens and violence in JNU. She said:
“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.”
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