MUMBAI: Actress Swara Bhasker's critique of "Padmaavat" as a movie that glorifies Sati and Jauhar, sparked a war of words between celebrities.
Last week, Swara had shared a scathing comment on "Padmaavat" in a lengthy post on The Wire, drawing out how the epic drama made her feel reduced to a "vagina only".
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi got into a war of words with Swara, and Tillotama Shome joined in the debate by supporting Swara. Krishnamoorthi had condemned her thought by questioning "aren't these feminist debates on 'Padmaavat' rather dumb?"
"It's a story ladies - not an advocacy of Jauhar for God's sake. Find another battle for your cause - a real one at all. Not historical fiction," she wrote. In another post, Krishnamoorthi, a singer and former actress, wrote:
Arent these feminist debates on #Padmaavat rather dumb?. Its a story ladies - not an advocacy of Jauhar for gods sake. Find another battle for ur cause- a real one at all. Not historical fiction— Suchitra Krishnamoorthi (@suchitrak) January 28, 2018
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— Suchitra Krishnamoorthi (@suchitrak) January 28, 2018
Swara, who has featured in films like "Raanjhanaa" and "Anarkali of Aarah", gave it back by saying: "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!"
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!!!!! https://t.co/pVh7rskZHL— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 28, 2018
Swara's responses to backlash on Twitter:
I know you don’t act much anymore but have you FORGOTTEN WHAT ACTING MEANS. https://t.co/pxwrZ5VhA0— Harnidh Kaur (@PedestrianPoet) January 28, 2018
Actually Rohit my career as an actor- supporting and lead has been full of some v fulfilling roles. Won a bunch of awards. One was an international award. Tell me about ur career.. what is it again? Howse it going?? https://t.co/dkBkK9BZKr— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 29, 2018
Priyanka read the article again.. what part of it ‘belittles’ women. And no there is no jealousy.. tell me every time you think a thought, or have an opinion; is it because you are jealous???? That’s an unfortunate and emotionally draining existence. My sympathieshttps://t.co/TQofAnAdqM— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 29, 2018
Totally your choice Sonal.. saying or not saying the word vagina has nothing to do with being a feminist.. but in a 2440 word article about a film- that ur only recall is the use of the word vagina.. may have something to do with.. i wonder what? :) :) :) https://t.co/vukMMxds40— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 28, 2018