Different sides to the Padmavati controversy

The movie Padmavati has been caught in one controversy after other controversy ever since the inception of the concept followed by the shoot and now the release. The movie starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh is scheduled to release on December 1 is facing a lot of threat from various groups asking for complete ban stating that Sanjay Bhansali's Padmavati shows queen Rani Padmini in bad light and people will not accept any deceit in any case with the history of immortal valour of such women whom they pray immortally.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has faced physical assault on the face of the controversy and the members of Rajput Karni Sena has recently threatened the film's heroine, Deepika Padukone to chop Deepika's nose and also warns to intensify protests. Bhansali and Deepika were later provided police protection. The actress Deepika said that she will continue promoting the film and stated the controversy surrounding Padmavati "absolutely appalling" and said that as a nation, "we have regressed."

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" which is believed to be the story of Rajput queen Padmini have upset a direct descendant of the Mewar royal family, Baijiraj Trivikrama Kumari Jamwal, daughter of Mahendra Singh Mewar, the 76th Maharana of the Mewar dynasty and a former Lok Sabha member. She calls the movie as an inauthentic venture and says that it's unfair on Bhansali's part to play with the sentiments of her family name. She also points out the significance Rani Padmini holds in their roots and speaks that they have every right to question the portrayal of the same.

The speculation around the movie and the history has led organisations like Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha to go up in arms against the release of the movie.
"That's why I am so upset. People have political and commercial agendas. There's nothing wrong with commercial enterprises and politics, but misusing and exploiting somebody's pride, honour and dignity for such shallow purposes, that is where I step in and say, 'Sorry, not acceptable'," Trivikrama said in a media interview.

Trivikrama further adds that: "It depends who the historians are because history is also coloured. It has to be a well-represented congress of historians. He (Bhansali) should approach the most authentic voice, which is the family itself. That he hasn't done."

The real story of Rani Padmini remains a mystery as there are many versions to same and now that's made into a tale, chances are it could be a rich figment of imagination and Sanjay Leela Bhansali has never claimed to be a historic representation.

Trivikrama says in the same interview that "I'm ready to accept that you (Bhansali) have made a piece of fiction. But then don't drag my family's name into it and claim you're the custodian of my family's history. "

She also alleges that filmmakers are doing a lot in the garb of artistic license and ask for artistic integrity and sensitivity pointing out how the representation of Rani Padmini is "wrong" even in terms of dance and clothes.

Meanwhile the Padmavati controversy builds up and facing much of intimidation from certain sections, Bollywood has raised its support to Padmavati.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar condemned the threats and says, "People should first watch the film, I condemn all these threats. Only the Censor Board has the authority to decide on a film. I understand how a director feels when after all the hard work one gets such threats."

Arjun Kapoor writes on his twitter handle that, "Yet again a man has to justify creativity because politics & propaganda creates an ugly environment. He's a fantastic filmmaker his vision must be trusted."

Objecting to the Ghoomar song picturized in the film, Heena Singh Judeo, daughter-in-law of Dilip Singh Judeo of Chhattisgarh's former royal family, said, "History has witnessed that none of the Rajput maharanis has ever danced in front of anyone, and they cannot play with history."

Divya Kumari, whose grandfather was the last ruler of Jaipur, said "The women of Rajasthan are very upset with this film made on a queen who is the epitome of sacrifice."
"Rather than highlighting Padmini's sacrifice, the film-maker has sought to highlight the romantic angle in this film," she said.

We don't know what the future holds for the movie Padmavati but for now it has certainly caused a stir in the nation dividing the mind-sets into two, debating around Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, FOR or AGAINST.

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