Have Right to Express My Opinion: Swara After Padmaavat Criticism

“I kept my views in a very polite manner and had no wrong intentions,” Swara Bhasker said on Tuesday, 30 January.

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While many people have been applauding Swara Bhasker for her searing letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for romanticising abolished practices like sati and jauhar, trolls on Twitter are criticising the Anaarkali of Aarah star.

Not one to take things lying down, Swara Bhasker has been:

On Tuesday, 30 January, Bhasker summed up her argument, saying that she, like anyone else was entitled to her right to express an opinion and “had no wrong intentions”.

Everybody has a right to express opinion. I kept my views in a very polite manner and had no wrong intentions. I put forward a few legitimate questions. I didn’t expect so much chaos just because I used a word which starts with ‘V’.
Swara Bhasker

Now, let’s take a look at all the arguments that have ensued on Twitter:

Singer, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi was offended when Swara felt like a “vagina after watching a story of a pious queen”.

Nobody could have given a better reply than the one given by Swara herself:


Trolls descended in huge numbers to take Swara’s article apart.

Troll: “Yes. Your reformist zeal is saluted. Practices like burqa, hijab, Shariat laws, triple talaq, polygamy, must be encouraged, because they ensure women's equality, ensure acceptance of women's personhood, empowerment, liberty and add to their overall happiness index. Amen.”

The Obsession With the Word “Vagina”

Troll: “I’ve realised that I don’t qualify as a feminist since I can’t say vagina 5 times in a sentence. No wait, not that I can’t. I don’t want to.”


Troll: “Just read @ReallySwara review on #Padmavat... welcome to our league Swara... Welcome to new Cinematic world of Critics. And most importantly, I wish you loads of success... Your career as a a supporting actress wasn't that good, but I’m sure you will have a wonderful future as a critic”.


Troll: “Super saddened to read your views about #Padmaavat! And more surprised as you know the movie craft yourself! A difference of opinion is one thing but with your views you’ve belittled the entire women community!
Can we say some ‘jealousy in the air for #SwaraBhaskar?”

Swara knows how to slay the trolls, one blow at a time!

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