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Swara Bhaskar Sparks Controversy With Her Open Letter To Bhansali, Offending 'Vaginas' And Feminists

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| January 29 , 2018 , 13:40 IST

Battling many unprecedented wars, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat was able to make it to the theatres. Ever since the release, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer was highly appreciated for the magnificent presentation of Rajput's cultural history. Then came Swara Bhaskar's open letter to the celebrated filmmaker and raised various eyebrows.

The critically-acclaimed actress felt reduced to 'vagina' after watching the "glorification" of self-immolation in Bhansali's controversy-laden, a notion which she conveyed to the filmmaker through an open letter. However, her idea of feminism was highly disregarded by the Twitterati and influential artists including the lyrists of the film in question and actress Suchitra Krishnamoorthi.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's frequent collaborators and lyricists of Padmaavat's one song, Siddharth-Garima didn't take long before responding to Swara's open letter with their own, addressing "all the offended vaginas". Starting with the dictionary meaning of feminism, they went to question the "equality of sexes" by citing some incidences from the film.

They questioned, "how can anyone advocate about ‘equality of the sexes’? A woman has a vagina, the door to life. It has the power to procure ‘life’, which no man, however hard he tries, can ever do. The question of equality is settled there, once and for all."

Adding a blistering response for all those women who felt like a vagina after watching Padmaavat, they said, "They must have felt like a ‘vagina’ when she chose ‘fire’ over ‘rape’? It was her ‘call’, her ‘decision’ as a vagina. Right, wrong, strong, weak is up to you to interpret as a ‘penis’ or as a ‘vagina’."

The celebrated co-writers of Ram-Leela ended their open letter by indirectly calling Swara "the biggest road-block for 'feminism'." Well, not just Siddharth-Garima but former actress Suchitra Krishnamoorthi was also highly unsatisfied by Bhaskar's opinion and questioned her standards for writing such a note.

"Funny that an actress who can play an erotic dancer/ prostitute with such elan should feel like a vagina after watching a story of a pious queen. What standards are these ...tch tch," she wrote. Ever since she posted the letter, Swara has been receiving many hate comments on Twitter, to which she is responding frequently.

Responding to Suchitra's tweet, Swara wrote, Funny that people cannot get over the fact that a woman said Vagina! Funny that in a 2440 word article making fairly comprehensible arguments they only remember the word Vagina!!! ???? So... Vagina vagina vagina vagina vagina vagina...............vagina vagina VAGINA!!!!!"