You might be hearing a lot about Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie “Padmavati” these days. About the violent protests raging against it in various parts of the country. Highly vicious threats being aimed towards the actor/actress and director. And about the numerous appeals being made to postpone the release date of the movie. But what is Padmavati Controversy? What’s wrong with the movie or the script? Keep reading to know what the issue is all about.
About the Movie
Padmavati is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The role of Padmavati is played by Deepika Padukone, Ratan Singh is played by Shahid Kapoor and Allaudin Khajli is played by Ranveer Singh. The script of Padmavati is sourced from the Poem “Padmavat” written by Mallik Muhammed Jayasi.
The movie was slated for release on December 1, 2017 but has now been voluntarily postponed by the producers for a later date.
Who was Padmavati?
Padmavati was an Indian Queen during the 13-14th Century and was famous for her exceptional beauty. The Rajput King of Chittor, Ratan Singh heard about her beauty and won her hand, married her and brought her to Chittor. Sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khajli also heard the legends of her beauty and declared war on Chittor. Ratan Singh was killed in the War. Rani Padmavati with the fear of being captured by the Muslim Ruler sacrificed her life to protect her honour.
The Padmavati Controversy
The whole issue is about the depiction of the legendary Rani Padmavati. The protesters and criticizers are claiming that the movie is misrepresenting and distorting the facts. And presenting the Queen in a manner which is entirely different from actual history.
The protests are mainly coming from a Rajput outfit called Karni Sena and from Rajput community. They have been reported to have disrupted the sets of the movie while it was being made. Bhansali was also assaulted by them. The protests have now intensified and spread to various parts of the country including the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, etc . They have staged protests at Chittorgarh fort and were found burning posters of the movie. They demand a complete ban on the movie.
Members of the Bharat Kshatriya Samaj, one among a dozen other organisations, held protests in Kolkata last weekend. “(Padmavati) has deeply hurt the Indian culture and the values of the Hindu population in the country”, Rajesh Singh, president, of Bharat Kshatriya Samaj, was quoted as saying by PTI. “The scenes, which are objectionable and harmful to Indian culture, need to be deleted before release.”
CM of Rajasthan, Vashundhara Raje appealed to Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting that “necessary changes are made so that sentiments of any community are not hurt” before releasing the film.
Deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya said “We will not allow the film to be released until controversial parts were omitted, The state government had earlier told the I&B Ministry that the film could have an “adverse effect” on law and order in UP”.
Latest addition being the most violent one by a BJP leader in Haryana, Suraj Pal Amy who is ready to reward 10 crores to anyone who beheads Bhansali and the lead actress Deepika Padukone.
Reactions from the Movie Makers and Crew
Bhansali said, “This movie embroiled into so many controversies because of some rumour. Rumour is this, in the movie a dream scene has been filmed between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khajli. I have already rejected this claim and also given a written proof of this. Today again, I am reiterating through this video that in our movie there is no such scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, which would hurt the sentiments of anyone.”
Deepika Padukone said, “We are extremely proud and confident of the film we have made. When the heart is in the right place, no one can stop a film. For how long would the entertainment industry be made a scapegoat for everything that happens in this country? Why attack cinema which is full of love and which brings people together? Why curb people’s freedom of expression? How long can we allow some people to get away with what they have been doing?”
Shahid Kapoor also said “Give Padmavati a chance. Don’t form preconceived notions,”
I believe that even though the intention behind the movie was not to hurt the intention of any community but if minor changes are made and some scenes are edited then it might just make a middle way for everyone. Let’s hope the Producers and Directors will make some adjustments so that everyone can accept the depiction of this Legendary Queen.
Keeping the controversy aside, I can only say that everyone is eagerly waiting to watch this movie for sure. Let’s hope that some positive action is taken and a new release date gets fixed soon.
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