There’s a buzz that the state government is all set to honor Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone during the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA Awards). The awards ceremony is being hosted by Madhya Pradesh with Capital Bhopal and the state commercial hub Indore being the venues for the mega event.
It’s said that Deepika Padukone will be awarded for her exemplary performance in the movie Chhapaak. Deepika played an acid attack victim in the film and was hailed for taking up the project that promulgates a strong social message. Even the State Public Relations Minister PC Sharma had earlier announced the plan to honor Deepika after seeking Chief Minister’s approval.
Last year, after Chhapaak hit the theatres, the state government exempted from entertainment tax. However, supporters of the Opposition party in the state legislature, who once eulogized Deepika for her courage to play the role of acid-scarred heroine, suddenly started seeing her as a vamp.
Deepika Padukone had gone to the JNU in Delhi and showed her support to the students protesting against violence there. Though she met the protesting students, she did not speak a word. Each party amplified her silence to suit its convenience and the film got mired in controversy.
Interestingly, after Deepika’s visit to the JNU campus, her promotional video for the Ministry of Skill Development has been dropped. The Central government then clarified that there is no relation between the two.