I loved the performances by all the actors in #Padmaavat – The film is seductive in its grandeur, scale, beauty, power of its actors’s performances, music, design, vision… and therein lies the problem! Some thoughts.. sorry abt the length 🙈🙈🙈https://t.co/0hYnvlAvAD
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 27, 2018
Soon after, the film’s songwriter duo Siddharth and Garima published a blog post in response, saying people like her were “the biggest road-blocks for feminism”.
More recently, Amazon India deleted a tweet indicating that the actress was part of their campaign after Twitter users threatened to boycott the brand. The reason? They were angered by Swara’s placard posted in protest against the Kathua rape as it bore the words ‘Hindustan’ and ‘Devi-sthan’, which they felt were “anti-Hindu” and “anti-national”.
I am Hindustan. I am Ashamed. #JusticeForOurChild #JusticeForAasifa
8 years old. Gangraped. Murdered.
In ‘Devi’-sthaan temple. #Kathua and lest we forget #unnao Shame on us! #BreakTheSilence #EndTheComplicity #ActNow pic.twitter.com/O8rABOrZq9
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) April 13, 2018
Therefore, we had just one question for Swara: What is the price you’re paying for being an outspoken person in Bollywood? Here’s what she told us.
If there is a price that I’m paying, I luckily don’t know about it yet and as they say, ignorance is bliss. I have heard from some directors and well-wishers who are fond of me that, ‘You know, you’re getting the reputation of being troublesome and I’ve just spent last evening defending you to people.’ And some journalists in magazines have said that they’ve had to defend the choice of putting me on the cover to advertisers. So maybe I am paying a price, but I must admit I don’t think about it much because it’s a scary thought and I feel like it’s a thought that might make me censor myself. I don’t think I’ve ever said anything very wrong, that is not factual, or is disrespectful. But my parents are very worried, I have to say.