Deepika Padukone's JNU Visit: Celebs Laud 'Brave' Step, Critics Want To #BoycottChhapaak

Deepika Padukone's JNU Visit: Celebs Laud 'Brave' Step, Critics Want To #BoycottChhapaak

Two days after the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University were brutally attacked by a violent mob on January 5, actor Deepika Padukone visited the campus as a show of solidarity with the students. The actress who was in town promoting her upcoming movie Chhapaak decided to show up and join the student protests.

Although she did not address the crowd at the university, she met with the students who were attacked, including JNU students union president, Aishe Ghosh. According to sources, the Padmaavat actor arrived at the campus around 7:30 pm on Tuesday, attended a short meeting, and left after interacting with the students.

Deepika Gets Support...And Hate

Several prominent personalities from Bollywood have condemned the violence at JNU by speaking out on social media and attending protests in their city, including Anurag Kashyap, Swara Bhaskar, Taapsee Pannu, Richa Chadha, Vishal Bhardawaj, and Zoya Akhtar to name a few. However, Deepika is the sole individual from the industry who actually visited the campus--showing us that actions speak louder than words.

Unsurprisingly, her visit trigged off extreme reactions from the public. While many people lauded Deepika for doing the right thing, several people, including BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, called for a boycott of her films. He tweeted "RT if you will boycott movies of Deepika Padukone for her support to #TukdeTukdeGang and Afzal Gang."

Two hashtags simultaneously started trending on the micro-blogging website: #ISupportDeepika was used by those who praised the actor for standing with the students, despite the repercussions she might face. The other hashtag, #BoycottChhapaak was used by those against her actions, calling for people to boycott her movies to 'teach her a lesson'.

People Call To Boycott her movie with #BoycottChhapaak

Others rally to her support with #ISupportDeepika

Deepika Gets Praise From Prominent B-Town Names

Several celebrities who have been continuously voicing their opinions against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the violence in JNU have come out with wholehearted support for the actor. Several took to Twitter to laud her for her strength, including Bollywood biggies like Anurag Kashyap, Nikkhil Advani, Richa Chadha, Sobhita Dhulipala, among others.

"I Faced The Same With Padmaavat'

Although Deepika did not address the students at JNU, she later spoke to a media channel about her visit and explained how she faced the same issue when right-wing groups in Rajasthan incited violence against her movie Padmaavat.

"What I wanted to say I said it two years ago when Padmaavat was released. What I am seeing today, it pains me. I hope it doesn’t become the new normal. That anyone can say anything and they can get away with it. I fear and I'm sad. This is not the foundation of our country," she said.

Speaking about the violent attack on the students at JNU, she said, "I am very angry at what is happening but it is worse that no action is being taken."

Student Leaders Thank DP For Her Support

If there is one group of people who were grateful that someone with the influence of a massive star like Deepika was supporting them, it was the students of JNU.

JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, who was brutally attacked and has sustained a head injury, said, "When you are in a position, you should speak up.” Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and former JNU student leader Umar Khalid also took to Twitter to thank the actor.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Deepika's movie Chhapaak is set to hit theatres on January 10. 

We're proud of Deepika for taking this courageous step, and we hope other powerful celebrities follow suit!

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