Recently, Shabana Azmi started a petition of Deepika Bachao after serious threats over Deepika Padukone's portrayal as Rani Padmini in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati. The actress had been threatened to have her nose cut off for the bounty of INR 5 crore. An insider revealed to a leading daily, "Everyone has been approached. We are awaiting the signatures of A-listers like Kangana Ranaut, Katrina Kaif, and two more actresses. Once they sign, we will be taking the matter forward."
There were rumours going rife that Kangana Ranaut refused to sign Azmi's petition, which came as a shock to many. Kangana cleared her stand about it by saying that she has no qualms with Deepika. Her issue, however, is with Shabana Azmi who is spearheading this particular petition.
She earlier said, "I was filming Manikarnika in Jodhpur when I got a call from dear friend Anushka Sharma to sign the petition written by Ms. Shabana Azmi. I explained to her that Deepika Padukone has all my support but I am a bit wary of Shabana Azmi's investment in left-wing Vs right-wing politics. I have my own set of ideas and opinions about the current situation in our country. I am on the fence about many things and being a part of a feminist movement called Deepika Bachao led by someone who character assassinated me when I was bullied by influential men, seems to be one of them. Anushka understood but I am glad they reached out to me like I said Deepika has all my support I am an individual perfectly capable of supporting who I like without anyone's support."
Well, now as per reports in a leading daily, Kangana seemed to be annoyed with Shabana's husband Javed Akhtar. Talking about it, a source said to the daily, "Kangana not supporting Shabana Azmi’s petition for Deepika has its roots in a phone call that she received from Javed Akhtar when she was in the midst of her rant against the Roshans during the promotion of her film Simran. Javed saab called up Kangana to counsel her against her non-stop tirade. He told her that she should not antagonise such influential people as it would take a toll on her career and that there are more private and legal ways of sorting out her differences with the Roshans."