'We have to be able to separate personal from professional': Meghna Gulzar on Deepika's JNU visit

Actor Deepika Padukone's decision to visit JNU to express solidarity with students who had been attacked was a "personal" one, "Chhapaak" director Meghna Gulzar said on Monday while stressing the need to separate the personal from the professional.

The fimmaker also urged the audience to "divert the lens" and to look at the reason behind making the film based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.

"Chhapaak", which stars Deepika in the main role, catapulted to national headlines after the Bollywood A-lister showed up at a public meeting in the campus three days before the release of the film. She did not speak but stook silently behind student leaders.

The actor, who also turned producer with the film, was both lauded and trolled for her visit to the varsity.

"We have to be able to separate between the personal and professional. What somebody does in their personal life and what they have done as a professional in a film needs to be looked at separately," Meghna told PTI in a telephonic interview when asked to comment on Deepika's much discussed visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University.

"While they are trying to separate the lens of personal and professional, if one can slightly divert the lens back to the reason why we made the film and what we are trying to talk about and bring to light... I think it is important," she added.

"Chhapaak" released on January 10 along with Ajay Devgn-starrer period drama "Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior".

"This is a distribution decision that was taken by the film's distributor and I think they believed that both films are very different and will find their audience. I think that also came from a place of faith in the film.

"Considering how populated our film release calendar is, it is extremely difficult to find a solo release," Meghna added.

"Chhapaak" also features Vikrant Massey and Madhurjeet Sarghi.

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