Alright, so let me get this straight! A movie producer, who is the ace of his specialty, carefully makes a period adventure and an epic. He puts his blood and soul in the movie and ropes in two of the best actors in the country, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, to play two most critical characters. Ranveer plays Alauddin Khilji, and Deepika plays Rani Padmavati.
The movie is not out yet, and no one has seen it, but a group of people decided already that they are the sole protectors of the Rajput history and without seeing a single frame of the movie, they decided that it is the distortion of facts and let's stage protests against it. OK, I understand that these people are being protective of their culture. But being 'ANTARYAAMI', well, that's another level I guess.
By the way, what facts are they referring to?
What is it that these people are trying to protect or hide?
According to Wikipedia, Padmavati was an exceptionally beautiful Princess of the Singhal kingdom (Sri Lanka). Ratan Sen, the Rajput ruler of Chittor, heard about her beauty from a talking parrot named Hiraman. After an adventurous quest, he won her hand in marriage and brought her to Chittor.
Many events occurred during the period of the Siege, till the Fort was finally taken. Meanwhile, Ratan Sen was killed in a duel with Devpal, the king of Kumbhalner who was also enamored with Padmavati's beauty. Before Alauddin Khalji could capture Chittor, Padmavati and her companions committed Jauhar (self-immolation) to protect their honor. After her sacrifice, the Rajput men died fighting on the battlefield.
Let's only consider what she died for, as claimed by the legend. She died to defend her and numerous other women's honor. But what does her so-called group of followers do? They threaten the lead actress with beheading, nose-cutting, and immolation. Does this sound like something Padmavati would approve? The entire basis of this so-called objection is inaccurate.
Presently, Bhansali has shown the movie to some people and some strong-minded people.
"There is not even a nanosecond of vulgarity. Ranveer and Deepika do not share screen even for a second. This Karni Sena will be left looking utterly foolish once the movie hits the box office," he said, adding that the violent protesters will look like clowns and vandals. The BJP should really reconsider the prospect of embarrassing themselves by joining the Karni Sena side," said Indian journalist and television news anchor Arnab Goswami.
"After watching the entire film, I can emphatically say that there is not a single dialogue, not a single scene, not a single sequence that can be said to go against the proud history of the Rajputs of Rajasthan."
"Sanjay Leela Bhansali has directed the film after conducting full research. While filming the scenes and sequences, he has kept in mind the need to respect the Rajput traditions and etiquettes. There has been no distortion of history in the entire film. I sincerely feel that the valour of Maharaja Rawal Ratan Singh, the strategic mind of Queen Padmavati, their bravery and sacrifice have been correctly portrayed in Bhansali's film," he added.
"I will humbly appeal to all my Rajput brothers and sisters to watch this film at least once and then decide. They will certainly feel that this film has correctly portrayed the Rajputs in a positive light. Every child in this great country will feel proud on watching the sacrifice of Rani Padmavati and Rawal Ratan Singh."
"I can also say that after watching this film, people will definitely feel that they have been unfair to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapur and all those who have been associated with this film," he ended.
People are awarding prizes equal to 5 crores for the chopped heads of Bhansali and Deepika. Some say they will chop off Deepika's nose while some say they will burn her alive. The BJP chief from Rajasthan increased the bounties for the heads to 10 crores and also stated that the one who does it, his family will also be taken care of. WHAT, LIKE REALLY?
It's shocking to see the Information and Broadcasting minister, Mrs Smriti Irani hasn't spoken a word. Is she still undergoing preparation for the new role? Shouldn't she be guaranteeing the makers that she will make sure the movie releases with due respect?
The next one being the government on the whole.
Though we have all the time in the world to arrest kids who post things about the PM on social media or personal WhatsApp/FB chats, we completely overlook these so-called threats to the country's known celebrities, that too with full press coverage?
Seriously, are we really that ignorant? Can't we understand already what we are being directed to believe?
She would have killed herself again to protect the honor of not only women but also humans on the whole. It's sad to see that we as a community are moving to the stereotypes, which our ancestors gave their lives to crawl out of.
Let's hope someone takes the initiative and we get to see the movie. I am sure Bhansali as usual, won't disappoint.
This article is originally written by Suhel Khan.