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Watch: Deepika in a short film on women empowerment..

Deepika Padukone


Filmmaker Homi Adajani has come up with two-minute-34-second video as part of #VogueEmpower, a social awareness ­initiative that draws ­attention to women’s empowerment. This is the third short film created under the initiative, supported by Hindustan Times.

While the earlier videos featured Madhuri Dixit and Alia Bhatt, the latest one shows Deepika Padukone alongside 98 other women from Mumbai. Titled My Choice, the video voices equality for females in all spheres of life. Written by Kersi Khambatta (co-writer of films like Being Cyrus and Finding Fanny), My Choice shows 99 women in the Mumbai from most walks of life voicing their choice for equality - social, political, economic as well as sexual.

Through the video, Deepika calls for change in the "caged" mindset of men about women and asking them to stop judging the fairer sex for their choices of clothes, profession and life. "It is my choice to live life the way I want, to wear clothes I like, to decide how I want my body to be, when I want to get married or if I ever want to walk down the aisle, to decide if I want to be straight or a lesbian...," Deepika says.

Farhan Akhtar's wife Adhuna and sister Zoya and Homi's designer wife Anaita are also seen in the video. All the 99 women are dressed in black attires.

Composer AR Rahman, actors Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, cricketer Yuvraj Singh and filmmaker Karan Johar are also part of the initiative.