Be it before the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Padmaavat or after the release of the film, the controversies around it doesn’t seem to die down. While Karni Sena has been protesting vociferously against Ranveer SinghShahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer ever since its announcement, post-release, some states continued with the ban considering the protests against the movie by the Rajput Karni Sena and other fringe groups. To spice it up, Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker wrote an open letter to Bhansali after watching the film. Also Read - Kabir Singh Writers Siddharth-Garima Speak on Need of Feminist Writing, And a Nepotism-Free Industry | Interview

The actress, who felt that the filmmaker has chosen to glamourise ‘Jauhar’ in his film, in a scathing comment on ‘Padmaavat’, she said that she felt ‘reduced to a vagina’ while watching the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial. While a set of people agreed with the actress, there are some, who trolled her. Soon after Swara’s open letter went viral, the ‘Anaarkali of Aarah’ actress was slammed by many celebs from Bollywood. While Shahid found it a bit ‘odd’, Ranveer, in an interview, revealed that he received a message from Swara congratulating him for his performance in the film. Now it’s Deepika Padukone and Bhansali, who have replied to Swara. Also Read - Deepika Padukone Gets a Doll Version of Her 'Padmaavat' Character, The Resemblance is Uncanny

Speaking of jauhar scene in the film, Deepika, during an interview with a news channel last night, opined, “I think people miss the fact that this film was set in an era- in the 12th and 13th century when rituals like this were practiced.” Reacting to Swara’s open letter on Padmaavat, the actress further added, “She probably missed the disclaimer at the beginning of the film. You probably went out to buy some popcorn and missed the initial disclaimers that come out. I think, secondly, the fact that it is important to view a film in totality and to see in which period it was set in. Third of all, I think for me this film is not just about the act (jauhar) that they all committed, but it stood for so much more. For me, it’s a celebration of women and their strength, power and dignity.” ALSO READ: What Does Shahid Kapoor Have To Say About Swara Bhasker’s Anti Padmaavat Letter? Also Read - Shahid Kapoor Wants Salman Khan And Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in The Padmaavat-Remake, Read on

Reacting to Swara’s letter, Bhansali too defended the scene by saying, “Jauhar, in this context, is an act of war. Our men have died on the battlefield, but the war doesn’t end there. They believe that the Rajputs have been vanquished. But, the women wage the [final] war. They decide that not a single woman or child would be subjugated to rape or violation. That’s what happened then. So, are people questioning Padmavati’s decision?”