On Tuesday actress Deepika Padukone visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to express solidarity with students who were beaten by masked mobs on Sunday.
Deepika appears at JNU protest
Deepika arrived at the university campus around 7.40 pm and attended a public meeting, declared by JNU Teacher’s Association and JNUSU in reply to Sunday’s attack on students and teachers by masked goons armed with sticks and rods.
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The actor was in the city to promote ‘Chhapaak’, which is expected to release on Friday. She arrived at Sabarmati T-Point in the university where a public meeting was being held. During her visit, she met JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, who was injured during the attack.
Deepika, however, did not address the crowd but she stood by as former JNUSU president, Kanhaiya Kumar raised slogans.
I faced it during Padmaavat- Deepika
A day later she appeared in front of the media and explained the reason to support the JNU incident. She said, “What I wanted to say I said it two years ago when Padmaavat was released. What I am seeing today, it hurts me. I hope it doesn’t become the new normal. That anyone can say anything and they can get away with it. I fear and I’m sad. This is not the foundation of our country.”
Deepika you ain't just an actress, today India saw the real side of yours & salutes you, for It takes guts to come out in open and support #JNU Students, specially when u know it could hamper prospects of your film. #DeepikaPadukone #JNUViolence @deepikapadukone pic.twitter.com/MSBiGgYGMb
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“I am very angry at what is happening but it is worse than no action is being taken,” she adds.
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