So, after a lot of ruckus and collateral damage (along with repetitive resentment of our censor board for Indian movie), Padmaavat finally got the show notice. Yes, it is the Deepika, Ranveer, and Shahid starrer Padmaavati, minus the “I” at the end.
What was the commotion about?
The movie finally released worldwide almost a month after it’s initial release date. According to the Indian media, the movie faced a lot of resentment by a Rajput Caste Organization, known as the Karni Sena.
The party made allegations that Bhansali’ periodic drama was painting false pictures of Queen Padmaavati, who is considered to be an epitome of courage and modesty in the Rajput culture.
There were mass protests by the Karni Sena, along with some serious death threats to the leading lady: Deepika Padukone. However, the hollow threats and uncalled for demonstrations went down the drain when the movie got cleared for a worldwide release.
Offence was taken from the wrong side
I would like to begin with acknowledging the masterpiece named Padmaavat. Though I do not understand how the removal of a single letter could stop riots and possibilities of the assassination of top-notch celebrities, nonetheless I was glad to be experiencing it.
Bhansali lived up to the expectations and presented us with a picturesque Singhal and Chittor. The characters were picturized beautifully, and I remained in awe of the on spot characterization of all the leads. My favorite part of the entire movie was how keenly the designers had developed the dresses of the whole cast, starting from the Afghan apparel and makeup.
But one thing which bothered me throughout the movie was Ranveer’s portrayal of Alauddin Khilji. Being the superb actor that he is, Ranveer managed to breathe life into Khilji’s role and convinced me to enjoy hating him.
This is where the problem was. Alauddin khilji, one of the most recognized members of Islamic history and conquests, has been portrayed as the spawn of Satan. Khilji has been painted as a man with no morals, humanity, or even basic courtesy.
Ranveer Singh is seen with unruly hair and untamed beard throughout the movie, and his clothes seem like they have never been washed.
I mean, if Khal Drogo was the inspo here; that dude had a neat braid!
But our Khilji seems to lack all form of decent human behaviour.
But weren’t the Afghan’s cut off from the world?
Indeed, the Afghan nation is one which has bore a lot of invasions and conquests, compelling them to resort to the tribal life which turned them into barbarians in the previous centuries. However, the Khilji dynasty was found to be fans of the Persian empire. Even Amir Khusrow, the famous poet and musician who prospered during Khilji’s reign, never stated anything hinting towards the animalistic approach to life by Alauddin.
Bhansali’s work seems to have tempered history in attempts to portray Alauddin as a ruthless political figurine in the movie. We are not the only saying this; many Indian historians have also taken a stand against the wrong portrayal of the character.
After watching the movie, although I was thoroughly entertained, I decided to start my own part named “History Nahi Kharaab Karni Sena!”
That was a horrible joke, sorry.
Do let us know how you feel about this issue if you’ve seen the movie!
Feature image via Padmaavat (movie poster)