Deepika Padukone's 'regressive' comment triggers a citizenship row, courtesy Subramanian Swamy

Swamy lost direction and somehow the discussion diverted to Deepika's 'Dutch citizenship' and how it disqualifies her for commenting on anything Indian.

Deepika Padukone and her upcoming movie with Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, Padmavati, have become a topic of every debate. The latest one to join the bandwagon is BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy. In a recent interview, Deepika Padukone spoke about how appalled she was to see the entire controversy around the movie just before its release. Speaking about those who wanted a stay on the release of the film, she said:

It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed.

This was enough to draw BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s attention, who decided to take a dig at the actress’ comment and wrote:


Translation: Deepika herself is so regressive, whatever she considers regressive ought to be called progressive. Logic level – high school.

Somehow the issue got derailed into becoming one about Deepika’s ‘Dutch citizenship’ (she was born in Denmark) and how it ‘disqualifies’ her from commenting on all things Indian. Swamy not only retweeted this comment on his tweet, but also proceeded to say that if true, she must ‘disclose why’:


Twitter told him off for being nosy and Swamy, obviously, lost his cool:

It is totally amazing to see how without even watching the movie, many people have already started taking stands against it. A few sections of the society have cited problems with the movie in the name of distorting ‘history’ and ‘facts’. The moral and culture police had their two cents to offer on Twitter:



It is not the first time a movie has been attacked for distorting historical facts or hurting sentiments but the amount of unnecessary criticism and protest that the movie is facing before its release is absolutely mind-numbing.