This is an open letter to Deepika Padukone from her fans. We hope you will read it and consider our points.

Subject: This is an open letter to Deepika Padukone from her fans. We hope you will read it and consider our points.
From: Your loyal fans
Date: 5 Aug 2016

Dear Deepika,

Your name has been recently linked to many big projects. Claims that are sometimes very unbelievable and upsetting to others have been made. We believe in your talent, but also stand for fairness. Your PR team has recently claimed you would star opposite Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, and even that you are a Bond girl. All of this is very harmful to your image and the constant attachment of your name to other projects is not the way we want our idol to be known. It also takes away from the actual people that are being considered for those movies. I hope you can consider this.

As fans we are tired of the constant comparisons being made between yourself and all other actresses. All of us can see who the common factor is in all these comparisons. It’s never ending and your PR team is also not helping the situation. Actors have even openly spoken out against your team. Sonam Kapoor famously mentioned something about an overenthusiastic PR agency during the making of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Anushka Sharma once explicitly said, ‘’A friend of deepika had called up the media to say she is doing Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and not Anushka. My friends don’t call, do they? ’’. As fans we stand up for you and defend you, but sometimes articles get released that are hard to defend. We don’t like to be pushed in this situation. It’s a constant cycle we are in. It takes away the joy of being a fan of someone.

We believe in your talent and hard work, but cannot stand for smear campaigns. One article read you had replaced Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for a popular brand, another said you replaced Priyanka in an upcoming movie, yet another article said Kangana had approached Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmavati. All of which were false at the end of the day. These articles do come from somewhere and are not how we want you to be remembered. We want your publicist and team to know that it makes our fandom look bad. The media is largely to blame for it also and plays a part. However, we can’t ignore the involvement of your team in this. It hurts us as we are in constant battle with others because of these articles. We are doing everything to keep you happy and to keep you positive and this is all part of that.

The issue lies here. You never give a clear denial and if or when you do stress it, the statements are often ambiguous. You never speak out when an article is released that is false and harmful to others involving yourself also. It is understandable that you would like to ignore rumours about yourself, but when others are involved it’s different. Every actor has fans who are instigators and use abusive language. Many actors have come online to reprimand their followers, sadly that has never been the case with you. There was a time you used to refute baseless rumours and we want you to do that from time to time as it gets rid of confusing situations. Articles like these are extremely damaging and it’s best to sometimes say something. We do so much for you with the greatest pleasure every day and want to create a positive atmosphere in our fandom.

Another example is the constant comparison between XXX and Quantico. The one is a Hollywood movie and the other a successful already released international TV show. It’s upsetting to see the vigorous way in which you’re promoted by your team here. It’s not just the choice of your role but also the constant comparing that hurts you and our fan-base. The movie hasn’t released yet and we as fans also don’t want to make tall claims. It’s uncomfortable when we are pushed to defend a movie that hasn’t been released on the market.

Your fans have never stopped supporting you despite all the articles involving you in so called never ending cat fights with others. As someone who stands up for good causes, has spoken out about issues like depression and many more, we ask you to talk to your PR agency. This letter has been carefully constructed without trying to hurt you. We want to be loud and clear. We want you to do the best movies out there and unleash your full potential. Please, do not let us down anymore, and please do consider this request.

Sincerely,

Your dear fans

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