Deepika Padukone urges women to own their ‘choice’ over marriage, sex and sexuality

Deepika Padukone became the subject of scorn and an icon of female empowerment simultaneously after she criticised a report written by the Times of India about the “cleavage show” the publication claimed she put on at a film premiere.

“YES! I am a Woman. I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??” she tweeted in outrage in

Deepika Padukone The star features in an empowering video released by Vogue India
Deepika Padukone The star features in an empowering video released by Vogue India

September. “Dont talk about Woman’s Empowerment when YOU don’t know how to RESPECT Women!” 

She went on to write a post accusing the paper of using “regressive tactics” to garner readership “at a time when we are striving for women’s equality and empowerment” . 

“In a time where women should be applauded for making headway in a male-dominated society, we blur the lines between REEL and REAL life and dilute all our efforts by making a one-year old back sliding piece of news a headline,” she wrote on Facebook.

The paper responded to her critique, telling her she should take the “compliment” before branding her a “hypocrite” for wearing revealing clothes and “flaunting” her body off screen. 

Now it appears she’s had the final word, by creating an empowering video with filmmaker Homi Adajania and Vogue India, in which she urges women to take back control over their minds, their bodies, who they love and who they have sex with.

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