Kangana Ranaut, who earlier refused to apologise for her alleged rude conduct, demands one from Deepika Padukone

While Deepika Padukone’s Tik Tok video was perhaps insensitive to acid attack victims, but Ranaut herself should be reminded that an apology cannot be demanded

By Mayur Lookhar

Kangana Ranaut (l) and Deepika Padukone

Before the release, Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel were full of praise for Deepika Padukone for doing Chhapaak [2020], a film inspired by the story of acid attack victim and social activist Laxmi Agarwal. Post the release, it’s a different story as couple of acts [one before release] has seen Padukone come in for heavy criticism.

After being critical of Padukone meeting with Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ president Aishe Ghosh, Ranaut has now hit out hard at Padukone over the latter’s insensitive Tik Tok video, where the latter challenged an influencer to recreate her Chhapaak [2020] look. Ranaut feeling hurt is understandable as her sister Chandel is an acid attack victim too,

Slamming Padukone, Ranaut told India Today, “Rangoli is an acid attack survivor and she was very hurt seeing the video. Sometimes, marketing teams tend to go overboard with their promotions, and I am sure Deepika must be having some explanation for this,”

“The people who are hurt like my sister should be apologised to. This is not a make-up look and nobody should try and achieve it. That kind of insensitivity should be apologised for and there is no harm in doing that because we all make mistakes,” added Ranaut.

While Ranaut is justified in her criticism of Padukone but can one DEMAND an apology out of someone?. Last year, during the Wakhra Swag song launch from her film Judgementall Hai Kya [2019], Ranaut had courted controversy after she hit out at a journalist for allegedly running a smear campaign against her. Kangana’s stern tone at the song launch shocked the media, with a certain section then later threatening to ban the actress if she didn’t apologise for her alleged disrespectful conduct. The Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi [2019] actress though wouldn’t budge and had sent a notice to the then newly formed Entertainment Journalists’ Guild. Lack of unity among the media across the country crippled the Guild’s fight for self respect.

Eight months on, it is Ranaut, who finds herself demanding an apology from Padukone. Back then, this writer was of the of the view that an apology cannot be demanded and if Ranaut were to apologise, then it ought to have come naturally. It’s ironical that Ranaut, who herself wouldn’t bow to an any demand, would now demand an apology from Padukone.

Earlier, Ranaut had slammed Padukone for meeting JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh. Ranaut had stated she would never pose with any ‘Tukde Tukde gang’ [few JNUSU students who in 2016 allegedly hurled anti-India speeches while protesting against the capital punishment meted out to convicted militant Afzal Guru]. The unplanned meeting with Ghosh led to a huge outcry with many on social media calling for a boycott of Chhapaak. The JNU controversy and the mixed reviews didn’t really help Chhapaak’s cause as the film tanked badly. However, it must be recalled that Padukone only expressed solidarity with Ghosh, who along with the other JNU students, was brutally attacked by alleged Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad goons.

Ranaut will soon be seen in Panga [2020] that is set to be released on 24 January.

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