Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri bolstered his defense Wednesday, again maintaining that Swara Bhasker is a fake feminist and is creating fuss around ‘Padmaavat’ to gain publicity.While speaking to ANI, Agnihotri said, ‘What do you call a fake feminist’ A fake feminist only. I can’t call them by any other name. The problem is that these urban Naxals have a very smart strategy. Their idea is to divide people. The problem with this particular tweet was that it was very fake. It was creating unnecessary outrage just to gain publicity’.
Talking about his reply to the ‘Veere Di Wedding’ star’s letter, he said, ‘My question was, that in Bastar, I have interviewed a lot of ex-Naxal women, so I said these people go through a lot of hardship ‘it was metaphorically spoken. Indian women are getting empowered and I empathise with them but when Swara Bhasker and the gang of urban Naxals say these provocative and demeaning things, they reduce a noble cause to nothing’.
Bhasker wrote a thought-provoking letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali after watching ‘Padmaavat’.A part of her letter read, “You may be wondering why the hell I am going on and on thus about vaginas. Because Sir, that’s what I felt like at the end of your magnum opus. I felt like a vagina. I felt reduced to a vagina-only”.Agnihotri had taken to Twitter to slam the actress and wrote, ‘We have interviewed many ‘ex-Naxal’ women in Bastar. Each has gut-wrenching stories to tell, full of abuse, rape and misogyny. If they marry, they aren’t allowed to have children. I think fake feminist @ReallySwara must make a trip to understand how the Real Vagina feels like. What women need to understand that it’s because of the fake feminists like @ReallySwara that the feminist movement gets jeopardised. You just can’t piss off people and win the most critical war of modern times ‘ the gender empathy’.