Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ has attracted yet another controversy. This time the target is Deepika Padukone, who expressed her discontent with the negative reaction the film has received.

“It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film. This is not just about ‘Padmavati’, we are fighting a much bigger battle here.”, Padukone said in an interview with IANS.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy responded to Padukone’s statement on Twitter. “Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression!! Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective.”, adding that if Padukone is a Dutch citizen, “… She must disclose why. This is purely an Indian only debate.”

Padukone has previously clarified that she is an Indian passport holder. “I am an Indian. I was born in Denmark, but I hold an Indian passport. I am an Indian citizen and I am proud to be Indian.”, The Indian Express reported in 2014.

‘Padmavati’ is releasing as planned on 1st December.