Amid Padmavati Controversy, Deepika Padukone Refuses to Take Part in Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be Attended by Narendra Modi, Ivanka Trump
New Delhi, Nov 21: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who upcoming movie Padmavati has triggered a major controversy in the country, won’t attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on November 28, that will have US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the inauguration. Deepika Padukone, who was expected to speak at a session on ‘Hollywood to Nollywood to Bollywood: The Path to Moviemaking’ on November 29, declined to attend the mega event.
“Earlier Deepika Padukone was expected to be in that session but now she has declined,” Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary, Information Technology, Government of Telangana, told news agency IANS on Monday. “Others have also dropped. For example, M S Dhoni was supposed to be in one of the sessions. Now he has declined,” Rajan added. The reason behind Deepika’s exit from the GES is not known. Deepika’s move comes amid a raging row over “Padmavati”, which was scheduled to be released on December 1. The release of the movie has been postponed by producers following protest by Rajput groups.
The development came after some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and right-wing groups threatened Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. A leader of Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha (ABKMS) has announced a reward of Rs 1 crore for “burning the actress alive”. The agitating Rajputs allege that Bhansali has distorted history and portrayed the queen Padmavati in poor light.
Padmavati features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji with Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh in supporting roles. The Global Entrepreneurship Summit, with ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’ as its theme, will see Ivanka Trump leading a delegation from her country on November 28.