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'Women Have The Right To Live', Swara Bhaskar Slams Bhansali For Glorifying Jauhar In Padmaavat

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| January 28 , 2018 , 16:09 IST

I felt reduced to a vagina–only. Using the exact words, critically acclaimed actress Swara Bhaskar slammed Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the glorification of self-immolation in his controversy-laden film 'Padmaavat'. The magnum opus which released after a whole lot of drama, head bounties, protests and violence has garnered considerably decent reviews from the audience.

During the controversial phase of Padmaavat, the entire film fraternity supported and motivated the filmmaker to go ahead with the release. However, after watching the film, Swara Bhaskar was left highly disappointed. Extremely offended by the lowly portrayal of a heinous hate crime as Jauhar in Bhansali's film, she took the liberty to write an open letter to the filmmaker.

Not holding back, Swara Bhaskar, who was among the ardent supporters of Padmaavat's release, penned a searing response slamming Sanjay Leela Bhansali for glorifying the age-old concept of 'Jauhar', an act which denies women the right to live. "Women have the right to live, despite being raped sir", felt Swara about the distressing storyline.

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Admitting the existence of such antiquated practice in India's social history, Swara expected the celebrated filmmaker to add a "perspective on racism" to his film, which he failed to. "Women have the right to live, despite the death of their husbands, male ‘protectors’, ‘owners’, ‘controllers of their sexuality’.. whatever you understand the men to be," she wrote.

Swara Bhaskar felt reduced to "vagina" at the end of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus. "Women are not only walking talking vaginas," she emphasised. The life after surviving rape has become a taboo in Indian society, which is not acceptable. The actress expressed, "Women need not be punished with death because another person disrespected her vagina without her consent."

While Bhansali may stress upon Padmaavat being made in the context of the thirteenth century when "polygamy was accepted" and "honourable Hindu women happily jumped into their husbands funeral pyre" but Swara firmly believes that the context of Deepika Padukone starrer is "India in the 21st century". Signing off as "Desirous of Life", Swara ended the letter while wishing for peace.