The threats made to actress Deepika Padukone are wrong but not surprising, Kangana Ranaut said in Mumbai on Thursday. Deepika, whose film Padmavati has been indefinitely postponed pending Censor Board clearance, has been hounded publicly with a Rajput group called Karni Sena threatening to cut off her nose and a BJP leader putting a price on her head. Kangana, who recently refused to participate in a petition against the threats made to her colleague, drew on her personal experience with a male co-star and an acid attack her sister Rangoli survived while in school while speaking to the press
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"It is absolutely wrong, but I feel it is not something which is very surprising. When my sister was in school, she faced an acid attack from a student and now when I am in a professional environment, a superstar is trying to put me behind bars. So, this is very common that happens in our society," Kangana said. The 'superstar' she refers to is actor Hrithik Roshan who she claims a past romantic relationship with and who has filed a police complaint against the actress for alleged stalking.
Last week, reports emerged of a letter campaign to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to look into the threats made against Deepika Padukone. Spearheaded by Shabana Azmi - one of those who criticized the Censor Board for not certifying Padmavati - the letter was reportedly signed by Anushka Sharma, Vidya Balan and a handful of other actresses. Kangana did not sign and was the only person to acknowledge the letter's existence. In an explosive statement, she explained that she refused to participate in what she called 'Deepika bachao' because of Ms Azmi's involvement and not, as some reports had suggested, because she and Deepika share a rumored history of friction.
Kangana Ranaut also dismissed comparisons between her Manikarnika character - she's playing Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi - to Deepika Padukone's Rani Padmini from Padmavati. "Our film is a different film. It's a film about a warrior queen who fought against British empire. I feel we should feel ashamed that we didn't make any film earlier based on her life," Kangana said.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is expected to release next April. There's no knowing when Padmavati, co-starring Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, will release.