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Padmavati row: Deepika Padukone pulls out of Global Leadership Summit


The actress was one of the speakers alongside US president Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

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Deepika Padukone, who has been enduring death threats and incessant harassment against her upcoming film, Padmavati, has pulled out of the Global Leadership Summit (GES) to be held at Hyderabad on 28 November. The actress was one of the speakers alongside US president Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration.

Reports quoted a senior official from the Telangana government confirming Padukone's decision to not attend the event.

The actress was expected to speak in a session titled 'Hollywood to Nollywood to Bollywood: The Path to Moviemaking' on 29 November at the summit.

IndianExpress.com quoted Jayesh Ranjan, secretary, information technology, government of Telangana saying, "Earlier Deepika Padukona was expected to be in that session but now she has declined."

While Ranjan added that the reasons for the actress' cancellation is unknown, it is suspected that she has chosen to avoid the events after the furore over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film.

The film, which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh, has come under attack by Rajput fringe groups who allege that director Bhansali has 'distorted history' in his film. Some members of the right-wing groups had threatened the director and the cast, including Deepika Padukone, with physical harm and death over the controversy.

Recently, a member of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) even announced a bounty of Rs10 crore to anyone who 'beheaded' the actress for portraying Padmavati in the film.

Co-hosted by India and the United States of America, the GES summit is themed 'Women First, Prosperity for All'. The event is expected to bring together over 1500 entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters from around the world for 2 and a half days of training and mentoring sessions with industry leaders.

Prime minister Narendra Modi, and Ivanka Trump are still expected to attend the inaugural ceremony on 28 November.

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