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Deepika joins protest at JNU; praise and criticisms follow

Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, who was in New Delhi to promote her upcoming film Chhapaak, joined the protests at JNU.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 8, 2020 8:22:10 pm
Deepika Padukone Deepika Padukone left without addressing the crowd at the protest.

Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone on Tuesday was seen outside Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. The actor joined a protest against violence in the JNU campus.

Deepika was in New Delhi to promote her upcoming film Chhapaak, also starring Vikrant Massey in the lead role. The Meghna Gulzar directorial is based on the life of acid attack survivor and social activist Laxmi Agarwal.

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While Deepika Padukone is yet to speak about the violence at JNU, the actor earlier today told PTI, “I feel proud about it that people are coming out — be it on the streets or wherever they are — they are raising their voice and expressing themselves as it is important. If we want to see change in life and society, it is important that a point of view be put forward.”

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    16:24 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Kartik Aaryan on Deepika Padukone

    While speaking with the Bollywood Hungama,  Kartik Aaryan said, “Of course, I respect what Deepika did yesterday and I hope a lot of people would stand up and a lot of citizens should come ahead and talk about it. Strict actions are needed. The way these things are happening, this is not our country, these things should not happen here."

    15:47 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Dia Mirza on Deepika Padukone
    15:19 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Chetan Bhagat on Deepika Padukone
    14:45 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Sonakshi Sinha on Deepika Padukone

    "No matter which political party you support, do u support violence? Don't visuals of bleeding students and teachers shake you up? We can't sit on the fence any longer. Kudos to Deepika Padukone for showing up, & all those who spoke for speaking up. This is not the time to stay quiet," tweeted Sonakshi Sinha. 

    14:22 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Chinmayi Sripaada on Deepika Padukone

    "Deepika Padukone is a hero," tweeted Chinmayi Sripaada. 

    13:45 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Comedian Atul Khatri on Deepika Padukone

    "#DeepikaPadukone is so tall that Bhakt trolls' comments don't reach her only," tweeted comedian and writer Atul Khatri. 

    12:58 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Bhumi Pednekar on Deepika Padukone

    "More power to you @deepikapadukone. Can’t wait to watch #Chhapaak tonight. United we stand," tweeted Bhumi Pednekar.

    12:29 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Aparna Sen on Deepika Padukone

    "There comes a tipping point in everyone's life. I guess the violence in JNU was Deepika's. Salutations Deepika. The country will rember this act of courage," filmmaker Aparna Sen tweeted. 

    11:49 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Huma Qureshi on Deepika Padukone

    "Rock star deepikapadukone. #enoughsaid," tweeted actor Huma Qureshi. 

    11:22 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Kangana Ranaut congratulates team Chhapaak
    10:51 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Deepika Padukone returns to Mumbai
    09:54 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    'Proud of Deepika Padukone'

    "So proud of @deepikapadukone for everything she stands for. Thank you #StudentsofIndia for putting life back in our country. Thanks for all who stood up... And a big thanks to conflict creators for accidentally waking up and uniting India," tweeted Saurabh Shukla. 

    09:16 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    'Deepika took a stand'

    "She took a stand. She stood by the youth seeking justice. It is the only thing that matters. #DeepikaPadukone," tweeted artist Swastika Mukherjee. 

    08:54 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    'Deepika is tall and graceful because she has a spine'

    "You know why #DeepikaPadukone is tall & graceful because she has a spine," tweeted journalist Maha Siddiqui. 

    08:21 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Stand-up comic and writer Amit Tandon on Deepika Padukone

    "People who carried acid into JNU are boycotting Chhapaak," tweeted Amit Tandon. 

    07:43 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Chhapaak co-star Vikrant Massey on Deepika Padukone
    07:11 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Raj Babbar supports Deepika Padukone

    Actor-politician Raj Babbar took to Twitter and wrote, "This is callous. Those calling to boycott #Chhapaak because @deepikapadukone went to #JNU are forgetting the movie is about an acid attack survivour whose story Deepika has dared to share. How can one forget the cause the brave actress has espoused? #ISupportDeepika."

    06:50 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Deepika Padukone visits JNU: A recap

    As slongans of “azadi”, raised by former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, resonated through the air at JNU, the campus had a surprise guest on Tuesday. At 7.45 pm, Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone arrived at the university to lend solidarity to JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh. A member of her team said she wanted to “express her anguish at the JNU violence”.

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    06:37 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Thank you for your solidarity and support, says Kanhaiya Kumar

    Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar posted on Twitter, "More power to you @deepikapadukone and thank you for your solidarity and support. You might be abused or trolled today, but history will remember you for your courage and standing by the idea of India."

    06:27 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    'Thank you Deepika for giving this movement a mainstream narrative'

    "Thank you @deepikapadukone for giving this movement a mainstream narrative. For using your position to choose the correct path. It always comes to the women and yes, they do deliver! Big love sister! #WeAreWithJNU #noplaceforfascism," actor Sayani Gupta said via Twitter.