Deepika Padukone’s JNU Visit not a Publicity Stunt: Guwahatians Support Chhapaak Star

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Deepika Padukone’s JNU Visit not a Publicity Stunt: Guwahatians Support Chhapaak Star

Chayanika Das | January 11, 2020 17:16 hrs

Was Deepika Padukone's visit to JNU a publicity stunt for her upcoming film 'Chhapaak'?

Yes: 48%

No: 52%

Total: 3.7k votes

Deepika Padukone, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Chhapaak, recently got into a controversy. Deepika was present in the national capital to promote her film and also visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to express solidarity with the students and faculty members who were attacked by a masked mob on January 5. 

After videos of the actor taking part in the protest went viral on social media, netizens got furious at the actor and called it a publicity stunt just ahead of her latest release.

In response to her presence at JNU, various right-wing groups and a few BJP leaders called for a boycott of Deepika Padukone's new film. 

G Plus conducted a poll asking netizens to cast their votes on whether they though Padukone’s JNU visit was a publicity stunt for her upcoming film or not. A total of 3,700 participants took part. Out of this, 48% said “yes” while 52% said “no, it is not a publicity stunt.”

While many users applauded the actor, others called Deepika “anti-national.” “Her ugly & double standard character came out. The person who supports anti national gang can't be tolerated,” said Manas Nath.

Netizens said that Deepika was silent during CAA and Jamia Milia Islamia protests but wants the limelight all of a sudden only because of her upcoming film.

“Even if it’s a publicity stunt, Bhakts cooked so much raita that it ultimately will benefit the film only. She went and stood silently and Bhakts did the rest. Remember, we love to do things which people especially say don’t do,” said Swagata Nandini Baishya, a Guwahati resident.

“Deepika was silent during Jamia Milia Protest... If she's so concerned about students’ health, then she should have visited JMU... But only because Chapaak is about to release now, she went to JNU supporting the students just by standing there.... It clearly shows that she might not be a leftist supporter but she definitely wanted to promote her film...,” said Manzil Roy.

Another got irked at the users and said, “Yeah right! So you ask the celebs to take a stand and then when they do you say it's a publicity stunt. Wow! Decide kar lo bhai, aakhir chahiye kya! (Decide exactly what you want them to do).”

There were others who showed their respect for the Padmavati star. Borthakur Priyasha said, “She could have chosen an easy way to remain at Mumbai and to promote her film. Instead just two days before the release of such an anticipated movie, she had the courage to go to JNU, show her solidarity with the students when she had so much at stake. Deepest respect for her and extreme disrespect for an artist like Shaan who doesn't know what CAA is and is supporting it like some s*** dumbh****.”

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