Padmavati: Setting Indian Democracy Ablaze
The controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhanshali’s Padmavati-turned-Padmaavat has seen India shooting back to the middle ages. The fury and vandalism generated by the protestors is incomprehensible. The “Rajput Pride” can be easily screwed by a film, as depicted the Rajput Community of India. Numerous attempts had been made to wreck the film till the very last moment on claims that it would hurt Rajput pride and twist history in the name of “artistic freedom”. The sets of the films were destroyed in Jaipur and Kolhapur last year. Director, Sanjay Leela Bhanshali, was attacked and a bounty of Rs 5 crore was offered to chop-off the nose of Deepika Padukone (do not forget the Indian democracy), who is portraying the role of Rani Padmini in the film.
None of the protestors has seen the movie so far. The clamor is over the romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, the invader, portrayed by Ranveer Singh. Following the director dismissed the rumor of a dream sequence, the “Karni Sena” claimed that even Khilji seeing Rani Padmini through a mirror was not true. Karni Sena destroyed the Padmini Mahal, where Padmini is believed to have been staying when Khilji got her glimpse, and destroyed the mirrors claiming that the they were fetched long after.
Following several delays, the movie is scheduled to release on January 25, 2018 as Padmaavat, a fresh spell of troubles has clouded its impending fate.
In Chittorgarh, around 200 women of Jauhar Kshatrani Manch, Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Jauhar Smriti Sansthan, marched from Jauhar Sthal in Chittorgarh fort, in the footsteps of the queen Padmini who is supposed to have committed Jauhar in the year 1303 along with 16,000 other women.