The line “to have sex outside marriage…” from the famous 'My Choice' video might sound derogatory to others but actress Deepika Padukone says she never intended to promote infidelity in a relationship through the short film.
Deepika broke her silence about the much-debated online video on women empowerment, when she arrived in Delhi for the promotional duties her upcoming movie ‘Piku’ and said the larger meaning of the documentary was ignored. She also spoke about it to film critic Anupama Chopra in an interview (video above) uploaded on the latter's YouTube channel, Film Companion, on Monday.
“Mixed reactions did not bother me. It was a bit disappointing to know that certain lines were pulled out of context and blown completely out of proportion and we missed the larger point that the film was trying to make…
And then in the process accusing me endorsing infidelity, I found that a bit silly, honestly,” Deepika said.
Describing the institution of marriage as “holy and sacred”, the 'Piku' star said she can never support adultery. “I never have endorsed infidelity. I know what the institution of marriage means to me, It is extremely holy and sacred. I am someone, who completely believes in being faithful and honest and in trust. It is an institution I truly believe in. I am not defending anything, people are right in their place if they have an issue with it."
"I just felt disappointed that they felt I am endorsing certain things that I do not. I can clarify now and say no I do not endorse infidelity. I never have never will it is something I have not put up in the past in my life as well,” she said.
The dimpled actress further said, “When the script was shared with me, there was not one but a couple of lines that even I didn’t agree with at a personal level but I realised they needed me more for the larger message the film was trying to make.”
The video, uploaded last month, is a montage of 99 Indian women of all ages ranging from actress Nimrat Kaur to Chopra herself that is set to Deepika’s narration. It received flak from the viewers, who called it “elitist and sexist”.
“I went ahead and was more than happy to be a part of it because I realised myself that there was a larger issue that we were dealing with and that we are dealing with. Just like the other 98 women who were the part of the video, I agreed to be a part of it,” Deepika added.
Her reaction on the matter was greeted on Twitter with some amount of derision.
Deepika Padukone finally reacted on #MyChoice video.
In other news, Piku is all set to release on May 8 at a theatre near you— Sunil (@akshaykanitkar) May 5, 2015
Deepika breaks silence over My Choice video......3 days before Piku release.— gradwolf (@gradwolf) May 5, 2015
HA HA HA now miss Deepika Padukone herself criticizes the My Choice video & puts all blame on Homi! laughing at those who defended her— C r y s t a l (@Crystaaal92) May 4, 2015