Deepika clarifies on CLEAVAGE row

Fri Sep 19 2014 13:45:27 GMT+0530 (IST)

There seems to be no end for the controversy over the post 'OMG! Deepika's Cleavage Show' by a leading daily. Soon after Deepika expressed her anguish on Twitter there was a huge uproar on the social networking site and the Media House is under constant target ever since then.

It has now come to the stage that a big debate on Bollywood Vs Media is going on. Finally Deepika stepped into action to put an end to the controversy.

Deepika's Statement:

My Point of View...

There is only ONE sign that a woman wants to have sex and that is that she says “YES”.

The reason I write the above line is because we all know that in India we are so desperately trying to make a change in the way sections of our society think in order to move towards a happier world devoid of inequalityrapefear and pain.

I am not naive about my own profession; it is one that requires lots of demanding things of me. A character may demand that I be clothed from head to toe or be completely naked and it will be my choice as an actor whether or not I take either. Understand that this is a ROLE and not REAL and it is my job to portray whatever character I choose to play convincingly.

What my concern is and I am stating it clearly so it is not misconstrued or confused with Shahrukh’s 8-pack or any other woman’s or man’s anatomy. I have spoken out against an ideology that such regressive tactics are still being employed to draw a reader’s attention at a time when we are striving for women’s equality and empowerment. In a time where women should be applauded for making headway in a male-dominated societywe blur the lines between REEL and REAL life and dilute all our efforts by making a one-year old back sliding piece of news a headline. Digging out an old article and headlining it “OMG: Deepika’s Cleavage Show!” to attract readers is using the power of influence to proliferate recessive thought.


When an actresses inner wear decides to do a "peek-a-boo"she most definitely did not step out with the intention to do so.So instead of zooming incircling it and pointing arrows at itwhy don't we give her some 'respect' and let it go instead of making it 'headlines'!? Are we not human?Yes we marvelenvy and drool over a male actors 8pack abs in a filmbut do we zoom in on the mans 'crotch' when he makes a public appearance and make that 'cheap headlines'??!!

I have no issue celebrating my body and I have never shied away from anything on-screen to portray a character. In fact my next character portrayed is a bar dancer (sorry Farah for the spoiler!) who titillates men as a means to support her livelihood. My issue is you propagating the objectification of a REAL personand not a character being played. Suredissect my characters if you wish-if it is of so much interest then discuss the character’s cup size and leg length if it is relevant to making the role convincing. All I am asking for is respect as a woman off-screen.

It is not about breastspenisesor any other body part being reported.It is a matter of context and how out-of-context the reportage is just to sell a headline. And more so during a time in dire need of an attitude shift towards women.
For me this topic ends here.Everyone is entitled to an opinion.I have little interest to take this further as it might get more attention than it deserves and might be further misconstrued and twisted to sell more undeserved headlines.
Having said thatplease may we show lovedignity and respect to each other.

Live well laugh often and love much.

Deepika Padukone