Deepika Padukone’s cleavage has the film industry up in arms on twitter

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By Neeru Saluja

Bollywood is witnessing a twitter war. Leading Indian newspaper Times of India versus leading Indian actress Deepika Padukone. Cleavage versus revealing clothes or a publicity stunt versus a statement?

On Sunday September the 14th, India’s most respected newspaper The Times of India tweeted a video of Deepika with the caption, “OMG! Deepika Padukone’s cleavage show!!” Instantly, the tweet received negative feedback and a direct blow from Deepika herself, “YES! I am a woman. I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got problem!!?? The film industry biggies and the public took to twitter to support her with the hashtag #IStandWithDeepikaPadukone.

She’s right. She is a woman. One of the highest paid Indian actresses. Sexy and stylish. Bold and beautiful. While Times of India rated her as the ‘Most Desirable Woman’ in 2012 and 2013, does that give them the right to focus their cameras on her low plunging neckline during an event to show what every man desires?

Deepika showed her cleavage in her latest film ”˜Finding Fanny’. But that’s what her role demanded. She did the same wearing traditional outfits in her films Ram Leela and Chennai Express. Why didn’t the media then do a cleavage show? The war is not about the cleavage. It’s about traditionalism versus modernity. Today’s modern woman versus yesterday’s pallu woman.

2014 was the year of the Bollywood girls with hits like Queen, Mardaani, Mary Kom and Gulab Gang. But it’s sad that when talented actresses like Deepika speak up it’s being called a publicity stunt for her latest film ”˜Finding Fanny’. We don’t need to find Fanny. We need to find the real India where women are supposedly given respect and worshipped as goddesses. Or is it that Deepika being a Bollywood goddess gossip through online media is taken for granted?

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