It is December 1, 2017. The day Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone (Rani Padmini), Shahid Kapoor (Maharawal Ratan Singh), Ranveer Singh (Alauddin Khilji, based on the 1540 fable Padmavat by Malik Muhammad Jaysi was slated to release. You could have been treating your senses while watching the period drama film at a theatre near you right now, but you are forced to sit in front of a glaring screen and read this instead.Also Read - Ranveer Singh Birthday Special: 7 Times The Actor Stole The Show With His Brilliant Performances

Bhansali and his team, including his lead actors, have all come out in the open at regular intervals, trying to clear the air around all the doubts that anybody raised. But when something becomes an ego issue and has a deeper agenda than what meets the eye or makes headlines, there is little that anyone can do. It doesn’t matter if one is at fault or not. The lie is said so many times, fueled by propaganda, that it starts sounding as the truth. The film Padmavati has been caught in a web of controversies since a few months, thanks to some Rajput groups who have taken offence about the film’s content, even without watching it. They claim that the film, if released, will bring dishonour to their tribe and destroy all that they stand for. Also Read - 'Kaala' set to hit screens tomorrow as HC declines stay

By getting the film’s release postponed for now they feel triumphant. Little do they, or the ones supporting them, know that even if a complete ban on the film will be their victory, it will be  a defeat for India. If only they knew… On the morning that could have been Padmavati Day, here’s looking at all that went wrong with the film. Padmavati would have released today Only If… Also Read - 100 Days of Padmaavat: Deepika Padukone Shares Heartfelt Gratitude on Instragram

… people knew their history

… people were tolerant and understood the meaning of creative freedom

… conducting protests for something, against Supreme Court’s warning, was a crime and issuing open threats could get you jailed

… people stayed away from making assumptions and channeled their anger based on the content of the film, only after they watched it

… there was no political motive involved, helping politicians in power behave in a more rational way

… Rajputs had stronger belief in what they stand for; understood the real definition of valour practiced by their rajas, maharajas, who believed in safeguarding the innocent; and knew better than worrying about a mere piece of cinema destroying their honour and hurting their dignity

… everyone just remembered that they are Indians first and then whatever tag they want to fall under

… as Indians, we were more practical, open-minded and believed in peaceful dialogue as a way to solve an issue instead of taking to the streets like rogues

Only If…

Sadly, we have come to a point when making sleaze fests with women flaunting their cleavages and sexy legs is passable but a period film, which shows no intimate scene or spares its heroines the horror of resorting to wearing skimpiest of clothes for mere titillation, is deemed a mistake. Only if, Bhansali didn’t have an ambition to bring alive our grand Indian culture on a grander platform … Padmavati, which as Karni Sena Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi claims could have been a fiction like Baahubali and called Lilavati or Hiravati instead, would have released today on December 1, 2017.