Ever since the first look at Deepika Padukone’s upcoming release, Padmavati, has been released, there have been controversies galore, and vitriolic tweets are being directed to Deepika. Padmavati, based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor, has been met with resistance from certain quarters, mainly Rajput groups, who say the film wrongly implies a romantic relationship between Padmini and Emperor Alauddin Khilji.
Deepika, who stars as Padmini, told news agency IANS yesterday, “Where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film.” Since then the lady has been on the receiving end of nasty comments, and is being trolled yet again!
But amidst all the controversies, protests and the ongoing promotional activities for her upcoming movie Padmavati, there is something nice that has caught our eye. Deepika, who unveiled the recently-released biography of yesteryear actress Hema Malini, has now received a handwritten note from the veteran actress. At the launch event, the 69-year-old actress called Deepika the ‘Dream Girl of today’s age’ and praised her acting skills.
In this special gift that the Padmavati actress received from from Hema Malini for launching the biography, the latter mentions about passing on the baton to her. Deepika shared the picture with a namastey emoticon. The handwritten note from Hema Malini, reads, “Dear Deepika, The contents of the book that you so graciously launched take on an added meaning as I hand over the baton to you for a glorious continuation of artistic excellence. Love, Hema Malini.” Here’s what Deepika Padukone shared on her Instagram page.
The book on Hema Malini ‘Beyond The Dream Girl’ has been penned by author Ram Kamal Mukherjee and addresses everything-right from Hema’s much gossiped platonic love affair with Jeetendra to the incident of bumping into dashing Dharmendra for the first time.