Actor Deepika Padukone, facing death threats from BJP leader in Haryana over her upcoming film Padmavati, has pulled out of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), that will have US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A senior official of Telangana government said on Monday that Deepika has withdrawn her name from the event, reported IANS.
The official said that the actor had earlier confirmed her participation.
He, however, said that the the reason for her pulling out of the event was not known. The actor was one of the speakers at a session on ‘Hollywood to Nollywood to Bollywood: The Path to Movie making.
The Nigerian film industry is popularly referred as Nollywood. Deepika’s move comes amid a raging row over Padmavati, which was scheduled to be released on December 1.
Protest by fringe groups and violent threats forced the producer to defer the release. Some leaders of BJP and other groups have threatened the actress and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Few have even announced rewards for killing them.
Being co-hosted by the US and India, the GES, with the theme ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’, will bring together 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem supporters from around the world for two-and-a-half days of training and mentoring.
US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the inaugural session on November 28.