While till yesterday we were celebrating how Deepika Padukone ruled at Cannes in a saree now the internet is divided over her comment ‘India on the cusp of greatness’. This year also marked Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 20th appearance at Cannes while the red carpet celebrated her achievements, back home we were age shaming and fat-shaming her. Why is it that whenever women are representing the country on a world stage we are so quick to find a fault with her back home?
Padukone sat next to Union Minister for I&B, Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag Thakur, and Academy Award-winning music composer AR Rahman during the inauguration of the India Pavilion at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. India is the official country of honour this year. Padukone said, “India is at the cusp of greatness and this is just the beginning. I want to thank people like AR Rahman and Shekhar Kapur. You are the one who has put India on the global map. It is your contribution over the years that has allowed people like us to be here today.”
Adding, “We have a long way to go as a country. I feel really proud to be an Indian and to be here representing the country when looking back a the 75 years of Cannes there are literally a handful of Indian films or Indian actors or Indian talent that has been able to make it here. And I feel like collectively as a nation we have the talent and ability, we just need the sort of conviction. there will come a day I truly believe where India won’t have to be at Cannes, but Cannes will be in India.” You can watch the video here.
Deepika Padukone India on the cusp of greatness comment
Why is a section of Twitter looking at her comment “India is at the cusp of greatness..” completely out of context? If you look at the comment in the context of her speech she is speaking about India’s cinematic achievement thanking people who have done the ground work and hoping a greater representation for the country in the years to come. She was there as a jury member making the country proud. She was there talking in the capacity of an actor a creative person about cinema.
Let us remember she was the only mainstream actor who showed she has a spine and stood in solidarity with students who were attacked on a University campus just days before the release of a film she had put her money in. Two days after Deepika Padukone’s visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University actress’ promotional video for the Ministry of Skill Development was dropped.
During the release of her earlier film Padmaavat, a BJP leader had threatened to chop off the actor’s nose. Do you think she is an actor who doesn’t have a reality check on the state of affairs in this country?
It seems like a trend to ridicule successful women no matter how commendable their achievements are. If there is no way to pull her down then we take recourse of such measures as sharing her statements completely out of context. Why can’t we see our women succeed? What will it take for women to get equal opportunities? When are we going to stop looking for a fire where there is no smoke?
The views expressed are the author’s own.
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