Everything We Missed Thanks to Our Obsession with Padmavati

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Everything We Missed Thanks to Our Obsession with Padmavati

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ver since she smiled her way into the nation’s (and my) heart in her first Colgate ad in 2004, I never thought that I’d tire of seeing Deepika Padukone. But here we are, standing amid the wreckage of our media landscape after a months-long protracted war between Hindutva fringe elements and Padmavati’s makers, and I’m howling in a corner, just wanting it to stop. Deepika might be one of the most beautiful women in the country, but the next time I see her face on a film poster, I’m going to throw a fit and scream like a banshee.

At its heart, the Padmavati row is a tussle between artistic expression and draconian conservatism, which is no doubt important. But can we please move on from this shitshow and go back to some real news? For weeks now, Padmavati has ruled the airwaves as THE burning issue of the hour – it’s as if Chandrachur Singh, not SRK, became the lead man in Josh.

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