As we near the end of the year, cine buffs are waiting to see Sanjay Leela Bhansali to pull the curtains open on his magnum opus Padmavati. The period drama is slated to release on December 1 and the trailer, followed by the Ghoomar song is only making us excited to watch the film on the big screen.Also Read - Jersey Song Maiyya Mainu: Shahid Kapoor-Mrunal Thakur's Chemistry Is Taking All The Credit | Watch
And now, we have got our hands on some rather interesting information. While we all know that Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are paired opposite each other, with Ranveer Singh playing the nemesis. However, with what we have learnt, there might be not one but two anti-heroes in the film. If you were to turn a few pages of any historical book with chronology of Chittor, you would know what actually transpired between Maharawal Ratan Singh (Ratan Sen) and Alauddin Khilji and what really led to Rani Padmini and Nagmati’s (Maharawal’s first wife) self-immolation. Also Read - Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal To Have Romantic Honeymoon At Maldives, Deets Inside
As per records, while Alauddin has his eyes on Padmavati, he couldn’t conquer her or the Chittor fort following a peace treaty with Maharawal. He took away huge amounts of monetary tribute instead. However, Alauddin captured Maharawal and took him to Delhi. But Rani Padmini, along with two loyal members of her court – Gora and Badal – rescued him. But while Maharawal was held captive by Alauddin, another Rajput, Devpal, king of Chittor’s neighbour Kumbhalgarh, proposed marriage to Padmavati. Upon his return to Chittor, Maharawal decided to take on Devpal, and the combat resulted in both the Rajput kings killing each other. Also Read - Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone - Bollywood Actresses Who Turned Punjabi Brides on Their Big-Day
With Maharawal’s death, there was no one who could stop Alauddin from invading Chittor and obtaining Padmavati. Those inside the Chittor fort had accepted defeat and Maharawal’s wives – Nagmati and Padmavati – decided to commit self-immolation (sati) on Ratan Sen’s funeral pyre over getting captured by the enemy. Other women in Chittor followed, resulting into a mass self-immolation (jauhar).
When Alauddin finally invaded Chittor, only ashes of women, including Ranisa, waited him and his men. Interesting, isn’t it? Now, Bhansali and his team has time and again assured us of a film that doesn’t play with historical facts. It will be interesting to know how Bhansali explores this angle in Padmavati and who he gets to play the villain as Devpal, apart from the menacing Alauddin Khilji.