Deepika Padukone has sparked off a controversy after she was photographed leaving Luv Rajan’s office with Ranbir Kapoor. Fans feel betrayed by the ‘Queen of Bollywood‘ over fears that she’s itching to work with an alleged sex offender Rajan.
While to the amateur eye, this looks like just two ex-flames working together after four years since Ye Jawaani Hai Dewaani. To the hardcore Deepika fans, this comes across as a betrayal, that too by the highest-paid actress in Bollywood who pushed for equal pay and often talks about women issues.
Deepika Padukone Fans Are Not Happy
Her fans are not happy.
I too have been sexually harassed by men when I was young and seeing a woman that I look upto promote someone who’s been accused of something similar really hurts. If women don’t stand up for each other then who will? #NotMyDeepika
— Ria (@MonaDarlingx) July 20, 2019
#notmydeepika When you work with an abuser, you not only nullify the attempts of the survivors to finally achieve some justice, you also stain your own legacy as well. You'll lose respect and credentials as an artist @deepikapadukone Don't do this.
— Celeste (@RisenyetAgain) July 20, 2019
We have done everything we can and I'm sure she's aware of our concerns at this point. If worse comes to worst and she proceeds to announce this film I'm just gonna go ahead and state that I might have stanned the wrong person but I was never in the wrong fandom. #notmydeepika
— Eli (@belisaav) July 20, 2019
Ranbir Kapoor is as Guilty as Deepika Padukone
Some people were irked how even others were jumping on the #NotMyDeepika bandwagon. Its not just her fans who were outraged.
Some people pointed out that while it’s a good thing Deep’s fans are keeping her in check, Ranbir is as equally guilty as her. So where’s the outrage for the guy here?
Becuase their fan base lacks conscience. Clearly she has been able to build a fan base which has a sense of right and wrong. And of course it is. incorrect for all equally. DP should in fact be so proud of her fans that they want her to stand up against something wrong!
— Mohar Basu (@MoharBasu) July 22, 2019
The Luv Rajan Scandal
In October 2018, the #MeToo movement caught on in India, as scores of women in the industry came forward with their stories. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety director Luv Ranjan was accused of sexual harassment by an actor at that time.
Film-maker Luv Rajan also has a reputation of making films that cater to a very specific male audience. Critics find his storylines particularly disrespectful of women, to say the least. His last film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, was dubbed misogynistic.
Back to Deepika, the Padmavaat starlet’s fans did not appreciate her working with a film-maker accused of sexual harassment. Pretty soon, it wasn’t her on-screen reunion with Ranbir Kapoor that made the rounds, rather it was the #NotMyDeepika that started trending on social media.
Deepika Padokone’s fanbase protested against the possibility of their favorite artist working with a filmmaker who has been tainted by India’s #MeToo moment.