Buzz White Captures Deepika Padukone In 'Queen Deepika' For ES Magazine June 29, 2018

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Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone drops into the offices of London's ES Magazine for a chat on how she became one of India's biggest assets, arriving with two bodyguards -- and for good reason. Styled by Nicky Yates, Padukone is lensed by Buzz White in 'Queen Deepika' for ES Magazine's June 29th issue./ Hair by Earl Simms; makeup by Gina Kane

As the female star of India's recent film 'Padmaavat', angry voices clamored for Padukone's death and disfigurement. A bounty was put on her head by a member of India's parliament, as riots threatened -- unsuccessfully -- to close down the film, which told the story of 14th Century Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji's attack on a kingdom after finding himself smitten by the beauty of its queen, Padmavati, who belonged to the Hindu Rajput caste.

There was NO scene in the film in which the Muslim king dreams of sexual intimacy with the Hindu queen, but Hindu groups rioted anyway, based on the false rumor. 

Deepika Padukone Wears Rainbow Colors In Mazen Abusrour Images For Vogue India February 2018

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Deepika Padukone Wears Rainbow Colors In Mazen Abusrour Images For Vogue India February 2018

Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone covers the February 2018 issue of Vogue India's 'Happy Issue'. Stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania chooses designs from Ashish, Lolli, Topshop, Diane von Furstenberg, Moshino and more for images by Mazen Abusrour.

Deepika Padukone wears a smile even though she's lived with constant death threats and insults to her character for months now, embroiled in protests against the movie 'Padmavati'. Hindu nationalists put a $1.5 million bounty on Padukone's head, for disgracing -- in their opinion -- the 14th century Hindu queen, a fictional heroine envisioned by the 16th-century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. AOC will follow up today, but the movie has opened in India, as ordered by the Supreme Court. While there have been protests, the mass suicide of Hindu women did not go off as promised. 

Bollywood's Deepika Padukone Cancels Appearance With Ivanka Trump In India As Hindu Nationalists Put $1.5 Million Bounty On Her Head

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Bollywood's Deepika Padukone Cancels Appearance With Ivanka Trump In India As Hindu Nationalists Put $1.5 Million Bounty On Her Head

In India, the highly-anticipated release of the movie 'Padmavati' has been delayed after a politician from India's governing party has offered a bounty of $1.5 million for the heads of Deepika Padukone, Bollywood's highest-earning actress, who plays the 14th century Hindu queen -- and also the movie's director Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Padmavati is a fictional queen in the epic poem 'Padmavat' by 16th-century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. The poem was written more than 200 years after the actual invasion and was absolutely impacted by folklore. 

The poem elevated the virtue of Padmavati, who committed sati, in which a widow immolates herself on her husband's funeral pyre in order to protect her honor. Initially sati was practiced after Hindu men were defeated in battle and to avoid being taken by Muslim men. Like so many customs, the act of sati -- or committing suicide by fire with the death of the husband -- came to be seen as an act of devotion. The custom was outlawed by India's British rulers in 1829 following demands by Indian reformers.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has courted Hindu nationalists as part of his political base -- as has Donald Trump. In the US presidential election, Hindu nationalists were burning images of Hillary Clinton in the streets.