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Deepika Padukone Questions Why People Focus on the Film Industry When Asking About #Metoo and Other Issues

Masala 2019-10-10 00:00:00
Deepika Padukone

Bollywood celebs often choose to share their views on different political and social issues in India. Recently, an FIR was lodged against around 50 celebrities who had written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the increasing number of mob lynching incidents. Now actress Deepika Padukone has been questioned about why she had not said anything about the lynching incidents. In response to the question -- which was asked during her appearance on a talk show hosted by Shekhar Gupta -- the Padmavat actress said, "I am someone who likes to work and express my perspectives where I can see change.”

She further said, “Actors are brought on platforms and are expected to give our opinions on everything. Why are businessmen not asked these questions, why does someone not ask Ratan Tata what he thinks about Aarey, why are cricketers not asked about #MeToo. I don't see that happening. But every actor is asked about the #MeToo movement. It's not something that's happening only in the film industry."

She added that just because she is not sharing her stance on the lynching issue publicly doesn’t mean that she lacks an opinion on the issue. Deepika also spoke in a lot of detail about mental health issues,

as she has previously shared her struggles with depression

on several occasions and runs

The Live Love Laugh Foundation

to reduce the stigma surrounding it. During the interview, she said people in India were “still at a nascent stage” in terms of understanding mental health and added how she would “love to produce a movie on it having experienced it." On the professional front, Deepika will next be seen on the big screen in Meghna Gulzar's directorial Chhapaak, in which she essays the role of an acid attack survivor. Chhapaak is scheduled to release in January 2020.