Controversy has ensued as Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has responded to one leading Indian newspaper’s decision to lambast her after a picture of her with breasts and cleavage showing became the focal point of the Times of India‘s attempts to ridicule the actress.
Told the Times of India underneath a picture of the Bollywood actress with her cleavage showing: ‘OMG: Deepika Padukone’s cleavage show.’
To be sure the actress was hardly enamored as she took to twitter to respond: “YES! I am a Woman. I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??”
Incredulously the journal would later put out a tweet urging her to consider it a compliment.
Tweeting: “You look so great that we want to make sure everyone knew! :)”
Posted the actress on Sunday via tweeter: ‘Supposedly India’s ‘LEADING’ newspaper and this is ‘NEWS’!!??,’
‘Don’t talk about Woman’s Empowerment when YOU don’t know how to RESPECT Women!’ she added.
Contemplated us.india.com: The debate going on as far as this controversy goes is that if Deepika Padukone can do item songs and wear revealing clothes in her movies then she has no right to speak up against the media that puts up her revealing pictures from events and parties. But saying that is like saying ‘if a woman is wearing short dresses and walking down the road, she is inviting rape’.
NDTV would go on further to argue that if the actress has spoken up against the media after the demeaning tweet, why was she not speaking up about the objectification of women by the people she chose to work with in Bollywood? Or why for that matter why does the media and the general public turn a blind eye when an actress/actor actively draws attention to their physique or looks but finds itself stepping all over itself the moment an actress is now said to be offended by unwarranted attention?
The actresses defiant stand against the tabloid would soon lead to a flurry of activity on social media with the trending hashtag: #IStandWithDeepikaPadukone
‘Appalled….shocked and disgusted at the level of disrespect shown. Deepika or any women in the world cannot and should not stand for this!!‘ tweeted producer, director Karan Johar.
‘I just read… about @deepikapadukone retort to cheap sensational journalism, well done girl,’ actor Arjun Rampal wrote on Twitter.
‘Kudos to Deepika for being a strong woman and speaking up!‘ tweeted fashion designers Gauri & Nainika.
Responding to the Times of India purported compliment, actress Nimrat Kaur tweeted: ‘Dear @TOIEntertain… with this ‘compliment’ , I shudder to think who this ‘everyone’ is you’re reaching out to?”
Padukone, daughter of badminton player Prakash Padukone, is one of India’s most successful models and actresses.
In defense of the actress, Khan would tell: ‘Let’s not make that a conversational topic as many girls are present here in the event. Whatever Deepika tweeted I do support and all the cast of HNY will support that. We don’t have the guts to do what she has done but we support her. We all feel for her. We should not trivialise the issue.’
Since her breakaway role with Khan, Padukone has taken the lead in nearly a dozen films and her latest, including Finding Fanny, which was released on Friday, something that was probably not lost on film producers who might have delighted in the sudden influx of attention their main star was suddenly drawing…and blockbuster sales.