Raising questions of freedom of expression, Deepika Padukone today said she was heartbroken by the attack on a rangoli inspired by her upcoming film āPadmavatiā and drew Union minister Smriti Irani's attention to the incident.
The Rangoli in a Surat mall was vandalized earlier this week. It had taken Rangoli artist Karan 48 hours to get it.
"A crowd of 100 people cried JAY SRI RAM AND rubbed out my 48hrs' intense work! Shocked," Karan had tweeted after the incident.
Deepika, who is playing Padmavati, appealed to the Union information and broadcasting minister to look into the matter.
Deepika posted a photograph of rangoli, and wrote "Absolutely heart breaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork! Disgusting and appalling to say the least!" .
Further, The actor, said such attacks muzzled the freedom of expression.
"Who are these people? Who is responsible for their actions? For how long are we going to let this go on? (Till when we will) Allow them to take law into their own hands & attack our freedom & right to individual expression time & again!?
"This has to stop now and action must be taken @smritiirani," she said on Twitter.
This is not the first time that Bhansali's film on the fabled Rajput princess has found itself in trouble. Earlier this year, Bhansali was attacked by the members of the Rajput community group, Karni Sena, during the shooting of the film in Rajasthan.
Last month, members of the Karni Sena burnt posters of the film after the first look of the main characters -- Padmavati, Maharawal Ratan Singh and Allaudin Khilji -- was released.
They also threatened to oppose the screening of the movie in theatres if the facts were distorted. āPadmavatiā is slated to release on December 1.