Deepika Padukone is the greatest Indian star to back the fighting understudies who on Sunday confronted a fierce attack.
A well-known actress from Bollywood is getting praise for going to a prestigious Indian university where students were protesting an attack by masked suspects who are said to have connections to a student group supported by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
On Sunday, alleged members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) brutally assaulted dozens of students and teachers with sticks, sledgehammers, and rocks at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which Deepika Padukone, 34, visited on Tuesday.
The violence at JNU occurred after the university’s teachers association held a public meeting to discuss a rise in student hostel fees that had been announced weeks earlier.
Padukone joined the students’ protest when Aishe Ghosh, the president of the JNU students’ union who was severely injured in the attack, was present.
According to reports in Indian media, Padukone gave Ghosh a hug and stayed with the JNU students for about 15 minutes. However, he only had a brief conversation with the student leader and did not speak to the crowd.
On Tuesday, the Delhi police filed a first information report (FIR, also known as a police complaint) that included 20 students, including Ghosh, who was attacked by men in masks on Sunday night.
“You ought to speak up.”
Padukone was pictured in black on social media speaking to the crowd while Kanhaiya Kumar, a former president of the JNU students’ union, stood behind a temporary stage.
As per The Wire site, after Padukone left, Ghosh in her location to the group said: ” You should speak up whenever you are in a position to do so.
Padukone is the biggest Bollywood star to show her support for the JNU students. She was in New Delhi to promote her upcoming film, Chhapaak, which comes out on Friday.
Nearly a dozen actors and filmmakers joined hundreds of others in Mumbai on Monday night for a protest against the university attack.
I am proud of our lack of fear. Padukone stated on Monday to the NDTV news channel, “I think the fact that we are thinking about this and about the future of our country, I think the fact that we are able to express ourselves.”
“It is good to see individuals are emerging in the city to voice this and express [themselves]. Because this is very important if we want to see change.
On Tuesday evening, the most popular hashtags on Indian Twitter were #ISupportDeepika and #boycottchhapaak due to Padukone’s support for the JNU students.
The 34-year-old actress was praised by many as part of a film industry whose top stars have been criticized for their silence on contentious political issues.
“I am grateful to @deepikapadukone for protecting students and young people from fascist bullies. The circumstances are shifting!” Umar Khalid, a former student at JNU, urged India’s most prominent Muslim actors to speak out via tweet.
Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Aamir Khan—three of Bollywood’s most prominent Muslim actors—have been questioned for their silence regarding the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act that India’s parliament passed last month.
The law, according to critics, is anti-Muslim and in violation of India’s secular constitution. National demonstrations against the law have resulted in the deaths of at least 27 people.
However, BJP supporters have called for a boycott of Padukone’s upcoming film, claiming that she is supporting JNU students who are “anti-national.”
Padukone was targeted in 2017 for her role in the historical drama Padmaavat. A BJP leader offered a $1.5 million reward for the actress and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film’s director.