When I was in high school, history was my favourite subject. I learnt great details about the country and the world. I could mug it up and secure full marks. It was so very simple. During that good golden days of the school, I read a chapter on Bajirao Pehswa , the great general of the Maratha empire. Learnt, wrote in the exam and forgot. 10 years down the lane, today I had no clue what has this personality done for the country until came the movie ‘ Bajirao Mastani, dedicated to the love story about Peshwa Bajirao and his muse Mastani.
Keeping aside the entertainment part, I really came to know about a very important part of the history I had no clue. Of course they were shown dancing and romancing on the screen, but I feel that is quite obvious and necessary for a feature film. What I picked up was (and later read more about it) that he was the leader who never lost a battle. It is such an important and indispensable part of Indian history . The box office minted gold and we hoarders of knowledge, a new pouch of information.
Now, fast forward to today and the whole fight and the controversy about the yet to be released Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s pet, the magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ . So if you are still confused about this weird controversy, its more about a religious group ‘Karni sena trying to attract attention by remarking that this movie insults their great queen and it should not be released. If I conform to the fact that there is freedom of expression given to the citizens by the country, it is not exactly wrong on the group’s part to actually appeal to stop the release of the movie. ( I mean I really does not completely abide by their arguments, but its ok, they have their reservations.) And on the other hand the filmmakers, too have the full right to use this freedom. But what exactly spins my head, wanting to slice their head off is the fact that they are warning the actor and Director with a death threat!. Ironically a Director can be held responsible to a slight extent, but why Actress Deepika padukon?? How silly is that!. Announcing to cut her nose off just because she seems to bring a disgrace to the Rajput’s family by playing the part of Rani Padmavati is ridiculously foolish.
How can a few community who surfaces before the world only once just to protest about a movie that is historically based, insult another woman in name of a fictional legend( I read somewhere that rani Padmavati’s story is about she being a character in some poem) they think they had decades ago. I respect their feelings(only if its really because,a historical story may have been being tampered with) but disgracing another woman in public is seriously inhuman , I must say. The recent incident of a body found hanging on a tree with something inscribed on a stone nearby, related to Padmavati has made this whole scenario scarier and gross.
If stories are believed, Rani Padmavati committed Jauhar( self immolation) so that the other king Alauddin Khilji could not in any way have a control on her. Can the bravery of such a legendary queen be tarnished in any way by portraying her in the reel life dancing; that too so gracefully as the actress in the movie does? Has people lost their senses completely??
I never knew that we are the owner of such a honourable history. In a country where every other girl is molested, and she doesn’t even has the guts to speak against it, there is this women who burnt herself alive so that she can save her honor, and this bunch of people feel that by portraying a part of her life on screen, can ruin the history… Wait What!!!
The best part, the so-called-history-saviours wants the nose and head of the beautiful lead actress, and none of them, I repeat none of them has even mentioned for the hands and limbs or even a hair of the other two important actors of the movie. WHY ?? will their image won’t be tarnished? Or they are not so important part of the Indian history to be said otherwise.
A lot of effort, hard work, sleepless nights, struggle and thought process goes behind such magnanimous piece of art. And coming in its way like this is utterly unfair.
It’s easy to point fingers on someone you think is wrong and does not act as per you. Its easy to blame someone just because you are bored and want some limelight. But it’s not at all cool to insult someone or promise thousands of rupees to freak out a woman and create such a ruckus just for a movie made for entertainment purpose , which may turn out be an informative piece for the audience.