Meghna Gulzar agrees Deepika Padukone’s JNU go to did impression Chhapaak: ‘The conversation went somewhere else’

Deepika Padukone’s JNU go to in January 2020 turned massively controversial. Slogans have been raised on streets and on social media about ‘boycotting’ the actor and her movie Chhapaak, which was to be launched then. Now, movie’s director Meghna Gulzar has spoken about it. (Also learn: Twinkle Khanna defends Deepika Padukone after she was trolled: She did not fall on the toes of her first suitor)

Deepika Padukone visited JNU through the college students’ protests, exhibiting her solidarity with them.

Meghna Gulzar on Deepika’s JNU go to

Meghna stated that the whole episode did derail the dialog on acid assault survivors that the movie was about. Speaking on the Indian Express Adda occasion, she stated, “I am sure that the answer is pretty obvious. Yes, of course, it made a dent on the film. Because the conversation went from acid violence, which I intended the film to amplify, to somewhere else. So, of course it impacted the film. There is no denying that.”

What happened in JNU?

JNU was on the boil in early 2020 when groups of masked miscreants intruded into the campus and assaulted students in the Sabarmati hostel with sticks and metal rods. The controversy took bigger shape with JNU students getting accused of raising ‘antinational slogans’ on campus.

Before heading to JNU, Deepika Padukone had spoken about the violence against students at the JNU campus in an interview to Mahaz News. “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,” she had said.

Chhapaak was based on the story of an acid attack survivor, played by Deepika in the film. It was co-produced by Deepika herself and also starred Vikrant Massey. The film got mostly positive reviews but failed to perform well at the box office.

This year, Deepika has featured in two back-to-back hits–Pathaan and Jawan. Both earned more than 1000 crore at the worldwide box office and starred Shah Rukh Khan in the lead. Her next release will be Fighter with Hrithik Roshan.

Meghna Gulzar’s next, Sam Bahadur release this Friday, December 1. It stars Vicky Kaushal as field marshall Sam Maneckshaw.

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