Deepika Padukone Outraged As 100 Protesters Destroy Padmavati Rangloli

| October 18 , 2017 , 16:40 IST

An artist Karan K's 48 hours of hard work in creating a large-scale exquisite Padmavati themed rangoli was put to waste when a crowd of 100 protesters destroyed the rangoli shouting 'Jai Shree Ram' in Gujarat's Surat, an incident that was met with outrage from the lead actress of the film Deepika Padukone.

The artist related the ordeal on Twitter, how his artwork, which had been sanctioned by the mall authorities, was destroyed midway.

“I had googled ‘wallpaper of Deepika Padukone’ and I liked this picture, so I began making the rangoli after the mall managers approached me,” Karan said to media.

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“I had begun making the rangoli on Friday and in 48 hours, I had completed only about half of the picture. However, on Sunday evening, a group of about 100 men came into the mall and spoiled my work. They also destroyed my equipment,” he said.

In a series of tweets, Deepika slammed the incident and brought it to the attention of Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani by tagging her.

"Absolutely heartbreaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork!disgusting and appalling to say the least!" Deepika tweeted.

"Who are these people? Who is responsible for their actions? For how long are we going to let this go on? allow them to take law into their own hands & attack our freedom & right to individual expression time & again!?" she said.

"This has to stop NOW & action must be taken!@smritiirani" Deepika wrote.

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati has been mired in controversy since it was announced, as religious groups were concerned about the depiction of the historical queen Padmani.