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Deepika Padukone: Do we focus on actor's crotch when he makes public appearance?

In a well-written riposte to social commentators asking how 'cleavage row' is different from Bollywood's item numbers, Deepika Padukone has the last word as she asks for respect and dignity in real life.

entertainment Updated: Sep 19, 2014 13:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Deepika Padukone has had the last word on the 'cleavage row'. Days after the actor wrote a tweet against a 'news' item focusing on her cleavage, lot of social commentators questioned how it was different from Bollywood's commodification of women.



has answered all those questions in a Facebook post. The Happy New Year actor writes, "I am not naive about my own profession; it is one that requires lots of demanding things of me. A character may demand that I be clothed from head to toe or be completely naked, and it will be my choice as an actor whether or not I take either. Understand that this is a ROLE and not REAL, and it is my job to portray whatever character I choose to play convincingly."

She puts it all in perspective by saying, "There is only ONE sign that a woman wants to have sex and that is that she says "YES"."

She then goes on to explain that she responded to the 'news item' as India is going through a change where gender equations are in focus. "I have spoken out against an ideology that such regressive tactics are still being employed to draw a reader's attention at a time when we are striving for women's equality and empowerment. In a time where women should be applauded for making headway in a male-dominated society, we blur the lines between REEL and REAL life."

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Addressing how the use of an inadvertent 'top view' image of hers is different from highlighting Shah Rukh Khan's six-pack abs, she again highlights the difference between real and reel.

"I have no issue celebrating my body and I have never shied away from anything on-screen to portray a character. In fact my next character portrayed is a bar dancer (sorry Farah for the spoiler!) who titillates men as a means to support her livelihood. My issue is you propagating the objectification of a REAL person, and not a character being played. Sure, dissect my characters if you wish-if it is of so much interest then discuss the character's cup size and leg length if it is relevant to making the role convincing. All I am asking for is respect as a woman off-screen."

Calling it her 'last word' on the topic, she asks why men are never objectified in the same manner. "Are we not human? Yes we marvel, envy and drool over a male actors 8pack abs in a film, but do we zoom in on the man's 'crotch' when he makes a public appearance and make that 'cheap headlines?"

First Published: Sep 19, 2014 12:03 IST