Courage is not about mere words for Deepika Padukone; this stunner pretty much walks the tough talk. She recently revealed an incident that shows she was probably born this way… “I was 14 or 15. I remember one evening my family and I were walking down the street. We had probably finished eating at a restaurant. My sister and my father walked ahead and my mother and I were walking behind. And this man brushed past me. I could have, at that point, ignored, pretended like it didn’t happen. I turned back, followed this person, caught him by the collar – I was 14 – in the middle of the street slapped him and walked away.”
Now that is impressive!
She didn’t cower down all through the ugly battle with the Karni Sena either. “As a woman, I feel proud to be a part of this film and to tell this story, which needs to be told. And it needs to be told now,” she had said, at the height of the violent protests against Padmaavat by the fringe elements. “It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed,” she had said, commenting on the hullabaloo surrounding the film pre-release. Taking a firm stand against the agitators, she had declared, “The only people we are answerable to is the Censor Board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film… This is not about Padmavati... We’re fighting a much bigger battle.”
Post the film’s release, she was asked if she ever felt that the film would not release at all. “No...” she had responded, “I would have given my life to if I had to, to make this film release because that is my right as a citizen of this country it is the right of everyone to ensure that when you create something, people have the opportunity to view and to see and to enjoy and to experience. So, if this film took me down that path where I would have to go to extreme way to whatever it took to make this film release, I would have done that.”
You totally go, girl!