In solidarity with the students of JNU, Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone on Tuesday visited the campus. JNU once again witnessed violence as clashes were reported between ABVP and members of JNUSU on Sunday evening. A group of masked young people stormed the JNU campus in south Delhi and systematically targeted students in three hostels, unleashing mayhem with sticks, stones and iron rods, hitting inmates and breaking windows, furniture and personal belongings. They also attacked a women's hostel. Deepika Padukone has been in Delhi since Monday to promote her upcoming movie Chhapaak. On Monday, Deepika told NDTV that it was heartening to see people come out and raise their voice without fear.
“I feel proud to see that we aren’t scared to express ourselves... I think the fact that we are thinking about the country and its future.... Whatever may be our point of view, it’s nice to see,” Deepika was quoted as saying.
The 34-year-old actor is in the capital to promote her upcoming release, Meghna Gulzar-directed "Chhapaak".
Deepika decided to not address the crowd present in JNU. Her silence prompted JNUSU student leader Aishe Ghosh to comment, "When you are in a position, you should speak up".
On Monday night, a slew of Bollywood celebrities such as directors Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and actors Taapsee Pannu and Richa Chadha turned up at Carter Road in Mumbai in solidarity with those protesting against the violence at the JNU.