On Friday evening, actor Deepika Padukone was papped leaving Luv Ranjan's house in Mumbai, along with Ranbir Kapoor.
Due to the latest photos, it is being speculated that the announcement might soon take place.
Last year in October, Luv Ranjan was accused of sexual harassment amid the #MeToo movement. The woman accused him of asking inappropriate questions during Pyaar Ka Punchnama auditions in 2010.
Now as the early reports hint that Deepika might be working with Ranjan, netizens have taken to Twitter. The hashtag #NotMyDeepika is trending as Deepika's fans are expressing their disappointment.
#notmydeepika When you work with an abuser, you not only nullify the attempts of the survivors to finally achieve some justice, you also stain your own legacy as well. You'll lose respect and credentials as an artist @deepikapadukone Don't do this.— Celeste (@RisenyetAgain) July 20, 2019
It's refreshing to see a fandom in India that actually holds their idol accountable. I really really hope that she isn't working with him. #notmydeepika— nikki ✨ semi hiatus (@yoonglesjoonie) July 20, 2019
Being the top actress of your country you have many people looking upto you, it is YOUR responsibility to set the right example. Are you even aware of how you are gonna promote someone who has sexually harassed other women by working in his film? #NotMyDeepika— 𝐫𝐢𝐚 ❦ (@MonaDarlingx) July 20, 2019
Being her fan for so many years, i’ve constantly seen her live upto her words.She’s not said one thing & done another or gone back on her words.I really really hope it remains the same.@deepikapadukone Pls don’t ruin the reputation & trust that took years to built. #notmydeepika— Sanaya (@shahsanaya11) July 20, 2019
#notmydeepika girl your ass better be not signing that luvrat movie or we going✈️ unstanning— 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐞𝐚 | 𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧 (@ishqkamina_) July 20, 2019
Well #DeepikaPadukone got an amazing fan base, all so wise. They are really not like other celebrity's fans. They like and support her but not blindly and that's how fans are supposed to be. Shame on those fans who abuse someone for not liking who they do. #notmydeepika— Prabal Prince (@prabal_prince) July 20, 2019
#notmydeepika Is not an avenue for anyone to abuse, shade or poo on Deepika and her work. It's a statement we are making to hold our idol to the standards we expect of her and to show solidarity towards the #MeToo victims. There's no 'agenda' here. So if you do, buzz off.— Sunshine Smile (@BakerStreetGir1) July 20, 2019
This #NotMyDeepika trend is the most sensible thing I've seen in a long time. Proud of Deepika Padukone fans. You guys are the best & y'all have the guts to call your favorite out on wrong & stand up for what's right. Respect & only respect. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/zGkTypW1uO— 😎Rebel Pwincess PaVeesa😎 (@PareesaZayn) July 20, 2019
I refuse to believe that she signed this or is thinking whether to do it or not. We all know Deepika. This is not something she would do. #notmydeepika— #Chhapaak (@padukonesbae) July 20, 2019
Do y’all remember this? She was sorry to let us fans down, despite it not being her fault. This is the Deepika i know & admire. I still believe she values us all too much & our opinions matter to her. @deepikapadukone i hope you won’t let us down this time. #notmydeepika pic.twitter.com/djaK5kkO4l— Sanaya (@shahsanaya11) July 20, 2019
A Twitter account detailed all the times Deepika stood up for the #MeToo movement- from The Bollywood Roundtable 2018, to when her NGO strictly complied to their zero tolerance of sexual harassment policy.
A source reported to Bollywood Hungama,
In spite of two solid male stars, Ranjan’s film has a terrific role for the female lead. Deepika is the first choice and there’s no reason why she would turn down a plum role.
Official confirmation of the report is awaited.