Deepika Padukone stood in solidarity with the students of JNU who protested against the violence inflicted on their campus. While many lauded her for the solidarity and taking a stand, a majority of BJP supporters tried to boycott the film and decided to return their tickets. Somehow, Deepika’s bold and brave action resulted in the loss of Chhapaak’s box-office numbers.
However, director Meghna Gulzar feels the opposite and has finally broken her silence about the same. Gulzar clearly stood by her as she justified Deepika’s actions by pointing out, “We have to be able to separate between the personal and professional.”
During an interaction with PTI Meghna said: "We have to be able to separate between the personal and professional. What somebody does in their personal life and what they have done as a professional in a film needs to be looked at separately."
"While they are trying to separate the lens of personal and professional if one can slightly divert the lens back to the reason why we made the film and what we are trying to talk about and bring to light... I think it is important," the Chhapaak director added.
Currently, Chhapaak and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior are competing to grab the box-office numbers and distribution has always played a crucial role in the success of a film. Talking about the same Meghna said, "This is a distribution decision that was taken by the film’s distributor and I think they believed that both films are very different and will find their audience. I think that also came from a place of faith in the film."
Bollywood’s film calendar for 2020 has already been booked and considering the frequency of the film in a month finding a date for the solo release can be difficult. Talking about the same Gulzar concluded by saying "Considering how populated our film release calendar is, it is extremely difficult to find a solo release."