We need to be more inclusive, says Deepika Padukone on Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Ram Leela row

After a row over actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui being forced to drop out of a Ram Leela programme, Deepika Padukone said that the society needs to be more sensitive and inclusive.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 11, 2016 11:27 am
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After a row over actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui being forced to drop out of a Ram Leela programme, actress Deepika Padukone today said that the society needs to be more sensitive and inclusive.

One of the most acclaimed Bollywood actors, Nawazuddin was asked to pull out of the Ram Leela programme in his hometown Budhana in Uttar Pradesh after members of Shiv Sena reportedly raised objections as he is a Muslim.

When asked about her opinion on the incident, Deepika told a TV channel, “I think as a society, in general, we need to be more inclusive and sensitive to people and situations.”

Meanwhile, on the TV show, the 30-year-old actress also said that as celebrities it is difficult for them to voice their opinions. “It is tough, but at the end of the day, you have to find a voice. You have to see what’s genuine to you and what’s not genuine to you. Sometimes your opinion will resonate with everyone else and sometimes it may not,” she said.

Meanwhile, Deepika spoke about depression at an event in Delhi. Deepika broke down while speaking her own experience. “Two years back, my family had come to see me. They were about to leave and I was all alone in my bedroom, curled up. My mother walked in and asked if everything was okay, I said yes. She asked again if it was work or something else that was bothering me, I said no. She asked me so many times that I felt myself choking and I broke into tears,” the actor recalled.

“I want to tell my mother that if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here. Thank you for being with me all through the way. Thank you to my sister, my father and friends who supported my immensely,” she added while wiping tears rolling down her cheeks.

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