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Here's Deepika Padukone's response to threats by fringe groups

The Padmavati actress said that fear was an emotion she has never identified with.

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Padmavati actress Deepika Padukone has refused to cow down under the threats issued by fringe groups. An unruly Rajput Karni Sena member had threatened to chop off Padukone's nose, in protest of the film which, according to them, allegedly portrays Rani Padmini of Chittor in bad light.

“Well, at this point, as a woman, an artiste and a citizen of this country I feel angry, I feel let down and I also find it amusing,” she told Mumbai Mirror tabloid.

Is she not scared by the threats?

“I will never feel scared. Fear is not an emotion I have ever identified with,” added Padukone.

Over the years, various films have been mired in controversy with agitators fearing that it could hurt sentiments. Are Indian artistes losing creative freedom in the midst of such controversies?

“People are allowed to express themselves without having even seen the film. And having worked in the film, I can assure you it's one film every Indian will be proud of. I'm glad we are showcasing Padmavati's journey. Her story needs to be told not just to people in this country, but across the world,” said Padukone.

There were murmurs that the film's release could be delayed, but Ajit Andhare, COO of Viacom 18 Motion Pictures rubbished these claims.

Padmavati is due to be released on 1 December.