The chant plays in background relentlessly, almost throughout the trailer, ending in a crescendo with `Jai Bhawani`
Yes, we are talking about Padmavati.
To be precise, the much talked about Padmavati movie controversy.
The long-lost tale of the Rajput queen resurfaced and took the media by storm with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’ s ambitious project `Padmavati`, that hit troubled waters for a myriad of valid reasons ( umm..were they?). If you are anywhere close to an earthling, there`s not a chance you would have missed out on all the hullabaloo surrounding the movie. In case you have, let us fill you in on the details. Fasten your belts while we take you back to 12th century Mewar...the land of fearless warriors and sacrifices.
Rani Padmini or often referred to as Padmavati, as described by Awadhi artist Malik Muhammad Jayasi, was born to King Gandharvasena, ruler of Sinhala Kingdom. Her unparalleled beauty and finery in war-arts attracted many suitors. She finally got married to King Rawal Ratan Singh of Chittor who was quite a gallant himself and shared her love for arts, aswell. In an unfortunate turn of events, the noble queen fell victim to her own beauty and landed up picking the fancy of Mughal ruler Alauddin Khilji ( prompted by the bad vices of sorcerer Raghav Chetan). On reaching Chittorgarh, the Mughal forces found the fort almost impermeable.
Driven by rage, lust, and desperation, Khilji sent word to King Rawal Ratan Singh that he wished to see the real beauty of Chittor and confirm the rumors. Simple headed Ratan Singh could not sniff any trickery behind the plot and consented to the offer. The wise Rani, however, was well aware of the brutalities caused by the foreign invaders and was wary of any meeting. They came to an understanding, wherein Khilji was allowed to see the reflection of Padmini in the lotus pool, next to her palace. The devasting beauty of Padmavati took him off his guard and he tricked the innocent king into war. In an epic battle between the forces, King Ratan Singh and his army lost their lives leaving the fort unguarded. All the Rajputana women walked into the `Jauhar Kund` a sacred burning pyre, led by Rani Padmini, to save their dignity from the cruel hands of the victors.
Now back to 2017. The movie starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh, has been facing a lot of negative criticism from many sources. Here are a few allegations that render the movie supposedly well...un-watchable.
1. Sanya Leela Bhansali has been slammed for his historical inaccuracies and use of fringe outfits. A member of the khatrani Sankalp group came up to shame the outfits worn by Deepika in the movie, claiming them to be quite revealing. (Ahem!)
2. Some self-proclaimed historians have been deeply hurt by the barbaric portrayal of Allaudin Khilji and have stepped forward with comments like "he had his own reasons and biases for portraying Khilji like this"
3. The Karni Sena has accused the Director of including controversial scenes between Rani Padmini and Khilji. Bhansali in a strong response to this accusation made it clear, confirmed of no such scene. So much for the want of doing nothing.
4. Pakistan Censor Board has given its own valuable remarks and placed forward the reasons for banning the movie. According to them the movie has shown Muslims in a bad light and portrayed Khilji as a villain. They have even questioned the authenticity of the story.
5. Leaders from many political parties and organizations have accused the filmmakers of encouraging Sati Pratha. The trailer does not give any such hint. In fact, the 3 minutes 10 seconds video shows the brave queen in a positive light.
A world wrought with war, hunger, poverty, and terrorism, don`t you think, it is a little sad, for men...men of reason, in fact, arguing over such issues? Padmavati has become the nation`s past time. A perfect tragic comedy indeed. It is always considered wise, to use one`s better judgment. Or...should we, be judging, at all?