New Delhi, Jan 30: There is furore over the documenting of Rajput queen Padmavati’s life into a film by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Activists, who had in January attacked director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the sets of the movie, are now openly issuing more threats to him as well as actor Deepika Padukone demanding a ban on the movie. These protesters claim that the director is showcasing wrong facts about Padmavati in the film. However, some historians including Professor Shireen Moosvi claim that Padmavati was just a fictional character in a novel.Also Read - 7th Pay Commission: After Centre, These States Have Also Increased Dearness Allowance of Their Employees | Full List Here
Here is going back to what Professor Moosvi had told us in January this year, when Bhansali was attacked. What exactly is the reality behind Padmavati? Is the controversy surrounding her depiction in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film uncalled for? “Totally uncalled for and unnecessary,” noted Historian Professor Shireen Moosvi while speaking to India.com in January this year. Also Read - After Manchester United, Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh Set To Bid For New IPL Team in 2022 Season: Report
Many argue that Rani Padmavati, also known as Padmini, has been mentioned in Alauddin Khilji’s conquest of Chittorgarh 1303. However, like S Irfan Habib, Professor Moosvi, too, had said that there is absolutely nothing about Padmavati in the works of history. “The whole controversy and the attack on the film maker are certainly not called for. Padmini or Padmavati is only a character in Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat in 1540,” she said. Also Read - Sooryanvanshi Aila Re Ailaa Song Teaser Out: Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh Perform Singham Hook-Up Steps | Watch
Reacting to the attack on Bhansali and members of the Hindu Sena issuing death threats to Bollywood, Prof Moosvi said that such fanatics must be arrested and some action should be taken. “While there is no proof whatsoever of Padmavati’s existence, even if she existed, the character can be depicted in any way. Even characters like Akbar and Shah Jehan have been depicted in different ways in different films in the past. It’s a film maker’s liberty to make the film his way,” she said.
Earlier this year, historian S Irfan Habib, too, had tweeted saying Rani Padmini was just a fictional character. “Rani Padmini is a character created by Malik Mohd Jayasi in his Padmawat written in 1540. No mention in any historical record before this. Prof KS Lal and Prof Gauri Shankar Ojha, an expert on Rajasthan history find nothing before Padmini legend was created after 1540,” Habib tweeted.
What happened on the sets of Padmavati in January
Bhansali and his crew were attacked while shooting for Padmavati in Jaigarh Fort by some activists of Karni Sena. The activists reportedly protested and manhandled the crew. The Karni Sena, the group that attacked Bhansali, claim that it is nowhere mentioned that Padmavati fell in love with Alauddin Khilji, adding that the film was defaming Padmavati. (Also Read: Hindu Sena member issues death threat to Bollywood for supporting Bhansali)
Later, other outfits including the Hindu Sena and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad also joined protests against Bhansali, claiming that the director was distorting facts. Bhansali has wrapped up his shooting from Jaipur and has gone back to Mumbai. He has vowed not to shoot in Japur again. However, Moosvi feels it is unfortunate and that the movie would not lose its magic if not shot in Jaipur. “It’s like a movie on Lucknow and not being shot in Lucknow. It won’t make sense,” she said.
What Malik Muhammad Jayasi said about Padmavati
According to Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat, Padmavati was beautiful princess of the Singhal kingdom. The Rajput ruler of Chittor, Ratan Singh, heard about her beauty from a talking parrot Hiraman. Ratan Singh married her and brought her to Chittor. Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi, also heard about her beauty and wanted to obtain her. He attacked Chittor to obtain her. Devpal, the king of Kumbhalner, was also mesmerised with Padmavati’s beauty. He and Ratan Singh killed each other as they fought for Padmavati. As Alauddin Khilji invaded Chittor to obtain Padmavati, Padmavati and her companions committed self-immolation.
For now, the fate of the movie hangs in balance as the debate on the existence of Padmavati remains a mystery. The film is scheduled to release on December 1.