The trailer and the songs of the most awaited film of the year unarguably, Padmavati present a larger than life picture to us and is looking as if it will be one of a kind and will open gates for brilliance in cinema. The story line, the royal costumes, the exotic locations, the heartwarming music and the lead-cast of Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh are the parameters which has raised the standards for Padmavati sky high. Even though the movie has been surrounded with controversies ever since the movie’s shooting started, the movie is finally nearing its release. Made with so much of hard work and passion, Padmavati really looks like the best work of Sanjay Leela Bhansali till now and we are hoping that movie releases peacefully without any cuts or controversies. Many members of the Rajputana community got extremely angry when they got to know about some of the scenes in the film which hampered with the original facts from the lives of Rani Padmavati, Maharawal Ratan Singh and Sultan Alauddin Khilji. To clear all the doubts and allegations about what is shown in the movie, the director of the film, Bhansali has agreed to keep a screening for a few members of Akhand Rajputana Sangh. It will also be kept for literati and historians which will be constituted by Rajyavardhan Rathore.
The tensions around the film and its content is still sky-high and it deals with infringement of facts which is also not the right way to show in the name of art. We hope that the movie doesn’t do that and it gets a zero cuts release from the Censor-Board as it looks like a beautiful piece of art. We can understand the sentiments of Akhand Rajputana Sangh and their problems with the alleged dream-sequence of alleged romantic scene between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmini. This still remains as the biggest concern from the Sangh for which they said, “The makers said that there was no dream sequence, but they never gave it in writing.”
When asked about the screening to be held prior to its release, RP Singh, President of Akhand Rajputana Sangh said, “I got a call from Mahavir Jain, who is the mediator between Bhansali and the Rajput Sanghatan, on Saturday night. He put me on a conference call with Shobha Sant [CEO, Bhansali Productions]. She told me that they were ready to show the movie to a team before release. The screening will be held sometime between November 15 to 18.”
“Once we see the film, we can convince others that the film doesn’t distort history in any way. On the other hand, if we see a misrepresentation, we can express our reservations,” added Singh. Also, the Sangh has one more issue regarding the portrayal of Maharatan Rawal Singh played by Shahid Kapoor which is apparently towards the negative side. “Aap Raja ko galat nahi dikha sakte hain. We also wanted Bhansali to show Raja’s trusted shoorveers, Gora and Badal – they sacrificed their lives to set the Raja free. Bhansali needs to assure us that our concerns are unfounded,” concluded RP Singh on a concluding note.
Also, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s security has been given top priority and he had been provided special security from the Commissioner of Police as he was mobbed and thrashed by the members of the Rajput community when they got to know about the shooting of the alleged dream sequence. It was shattering and disappointing to see one of the most prolific and respectful directors of our industry being treated with such violence and disrespect. We feel it can be very well avoided but now nothing can be done. We sincerely hope it doesn’t happen ever again.
On an ending note, what do you feel about the same issue? Does anyone gets the right to infringe with the facts from the history of India? Does any sangh or group can go violent and beat a film-maker of such caliber and status after just hearing things from others? Padmavati releases on 1st December and it looks magical & magnificent. Hoping that the movie sees the light of the say with zero cuts from the Censor Board, we leave you to introspect and ponder upon all of the things said above.