Mumbai: Bollywood fraternity has come out in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone, who have been threatened by fringe groups for being a part of a film titled Padmavati, based on one of the most significant chapters of Indian history. However, there’s one actress, who has refused to back Deepika Padukone and that is none other than Queen star Kangana Ranaut, reports suggest.
According to a report in thequint.com, Shabana Azmi initiated a petition to the Prime Minister and got it signed by leading names in the film industry to seek protection for Deepika who has received death threats for essaying the role of Rani Padmavati in the controversial film.
The latest buzz suggests that Kangana has refused to sign the petition.
“Kangana refused point-blank. She said an outright no to signing the Deepika Bachao petition, much to Shabana’s shock and annoyance,” the website quoted a source as saying.
For the uninitiated, Kangana and Deepika don’t share a great equation. The latter had reportedly dedicated her award won for Happy New Year to Kangana’s performance in Queen. This irked Kangana, who felt that Deepika could have directly appreciated her performance instead of talking about it in public in such a manner.
Moreover, when Kangana was embroiled in a legal battle against Hrithik Roshan, none from the industry showed solidarity with her. She fought a lone battle against an army of celebrities who stood by Hrithik’s side.
Interestingly, Kangana too is all set to reprise a historical character in an upcoming film titled Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. And the film has Deepika’s former boyfriend Nihaar Pandya on board.