Padmaavat Jauhar scene: How far are the claims against the scene valid?

By Ankita Mohanty

Jan 31, 2018  Updated On : Apr 10, 2018

The Padmaavat cast has been basking in success ever since the movie`s release. Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s Padmavati renamed as Padmaavat witnessed a worldwide release on 25th January. The movie has been receiving a mix of reactions since then. Where most of the film fraternity has stood up in unison for the movie, some have questioned it on moral grounds.

The self-immolation or Jauhar scene at the end of the movie has sparked a lot of controversies and Padmaavat has again somehow managed to hurt the sentiments of another group. Pseudo-Feminists.


The backend of the story goes something like this:

A brave Mewari princess in an uncanny act of loyalty decides to walk into the holy pyre ( Jauhar Kund) along with a trail Rajput women to escape the hands of a cruel emperor.

Some might take it as an act of cowardice, but before to hit like on another `pseudo-feminist` group on Facebook, let us shed a little more light on Alauddin Khilji`s reputation as a ruler, and what might have edged the Rajput women to prefer burning alive over a lavish harem. (Clearly, they weren`t  all dysfunctional!)


A pedophile ruler:

Many historians are of the opinion that the cruel Khilji was bisexual and a pedophile as well. His acts of barbarism didn’t even spare Qazis, who were oblidged to act per his whims and fancies.

Baccha Bazi:

The concept of ‘Baccha Bazi’ was introduced by foreign ( mostly muslim) invaders. It fast became a fancy of the nation. Such was his perversion that child slaves and men dancers were forced to dress like women and asked to do ..er…stuff (ahem!). Baccha Bazi was a common thing in Alauddin`s harem.

Zenana:

According to Jayasi’s poem, Alauddin’s insatiable sexual appetite reached such a level that it is said his harem ( a part specially reserved for females)  had more than 70,000 males, females, and children. Of which, 30,000 women, were the widows of Mongols that he killed in one day.



Moving on to the Jauhar scene in Padmaavat.

Understanding the true meaning of Sati and Jauhar:

Disclaimer: We do not support either of the customs that have been long banned. Just a wake-up call for self-certified moral torchbearers of the society ( who usually turn a blind eye when a woman is raped, anyways..) who have missed their history lessons.

 

Athough both practices have a common historical root, sati was a custom performed by widowed women only, while Jauhar (and saka) were committed while both the partners were living. Additionally jauhar was performed only at a time of war.

 

Jauhar was an attempt to make their men fearless and free them from shackles of human emotions. Where in most women gave in to the wishes of the Invader, these brave children of earth fought in their own capacities. We clearly need to get our vocabulary sorted too! Representation and glorification are two very different things.

 

Let us have a look what the actress has to say on the Jauhar scene:

Deepika on Jauhar:

Deepika seems to have an answer for those questions raised against the Jauhar scene. The actress said that neither she nor the makers endorse the practice of Sati Pratha in any way.

 

The ‘Padmaavat’ actress is also happy with the standing ovations and applauds, the climactic scene has been getting it in theatres.

 

Rani Padmavati, fiction or reality, is the bravest queen by far, who wrote her own fate, descending from a bed of roses to a bed of fire.

It’s high time we take a little time off watching free porn and get our history sorted.

 

 

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