"I apologise to whoever I have caused hurt"
Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor are rumoured to star in a film whose director was named in the #MeToo movement.
The two actors were spotted leaving Luv Ranjan’s house in Mumbai.
Ranbir’s association with Ranjan’s untitled film was announced in 2018 while Deepika’s involvement has not been officially announced. The project also stars Ajay Devgn.
The film has attracted attention as Luv Ranjan was accused of sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo movement.
In October 2018, an actress alleged that the director had asked her to strip during an audition in 2010. However, the Pyaar Ka Punchnama director denied the allegations.
Ranjan later issued an apology in a statement. He said:
“I apologise to whoever I have caused hurt, whoever I have not made feel comfortable enough. I apologise for not being able to communicate my intent.
“I apologise for not being able to make someone feel that I am the man that I have aspired to be and I believe I am.”
Though Deepika’s role has not been confirmed, fans are not happy that she has potentially signed to work with someone who has been accused of sexual harassment.
The attention saw #NotMyDeepika trending online.
While some Twitter users called her a hypocrite, others have asked her to rethink her choice.
One user wrote:
“Being her fan for so many years, I’ve constantly seen her live up to her words.
“She’s not said one thing & done another or gone back on her words. I really hope it remains the same.”
“Deepika Padukone pls don’t ruin the reputation & trust that took years to build. #NotMyDeepika.”
Another person commented:
“When you work with an abuser, you not only nullify the attempts of the survivors to finally achieve some justice, you also stain your own legacy as well.
“You’ll lose respect and credentials as an artist Deepika Padukone. Don’t do this.”
Even though some people criticised, social media users pointed out that no one has called out Ranbir or Ajay for doing the film with Ranjan.
If Deepika features in the film, she will reunite with Ranbir. They have previously starred together in Bachna Ae Haseeno and Tamasha.
On the work front, Deepika will star in Chhapaak where she will play acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Ranbir is set to star in Brahmastra opposite Alia Bhatt.