Kangana Ranaut, who is very vocal about women’s rights is not among the signatories. Ranaut recently released a statement addressing the letter, and said that she did not sign it due to Shaban Azmi’s involvement in the campaign, according to an NDTV report.
“I was filming Manikarnika in Jodhpur, got a call from my dear friend Anushka Sharma to sign the petition written by Ms Shabana Azmi, I explained to Anushka that Deepika Padukone has all my support but I am a bit wary of Shabana Azmi’s investment in left wing vs right wing politics. I have my own set of ideas and opinions about the current situation in our country, I am on the fence about many things and being a part of a feminist movement called ‘Deepika bachao‘ lead by someone who character assassinated me when I was bullied, seems to be one of them. Anushka understood but I am glad they reached out to me, like I said Deepika has all my support I am an individual perfectly capable of supporting who I like without anyone’s support,” said Kangana in her statement, according to the same NDTV report.
Although there is no official confirmation regarding the signatories, stars like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Konkona Sen Sharma have reportedly signed the letter. However, some actresses have apparently been left out of the campaign and Richa Chadha happens to be one of them. The actress said she wasn’t approached to partake in the signature campaign. Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif have also reportedly not been approached.