SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI
I have always been a fan of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Since “1942: A love Story” people started expecting a lot from his movies. Loved his “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”, “Devdas”, “Ram Leela” and “Bajirao Mastani”. His “Black” and “Khamoshi: The Musical” are termed as classics now. Even the movies like “Guzarish” and “Saanwariya” who failed on box office were actually acclaimed critically. Was waiting for the trailer of PADMAVATI since long.
Padmavati stars “Deepika Padukone” as Rani Padmini aka Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as her spouse “Ratan Sen” and Ranveer Singh as “Alauddin Khalji”. Legend says that Rani Padmavati was one of the most beautiful girls on planet. She was happily married to Ratan Sen. The Turk ethnic Sultan of Dehli Alauddin Khalji heard of her beauty and attacked Chittor to obtain her and Padmavati and her companions committed suicide to protect their honour.
Let’s have a look at the trailer before commenting on things.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has always been good with presentation matters. You will always remember the way Paaro (Aishwarya) ran to her gate when Devdas (SRK) was dying outside. Same is the case with this movie. Mesmerizing locations, promising actors, powerful dialogues and breath taking background score will make you watch this movie. We have seen the best of Shahid Kapoor in Kaminay, Haider and Udta Punjab and he looks quite appropriate for the role of Ratan Sen. For a vicious Alauddin Khalji, Ranveer Singh was the right choice. Although he looked a bit like Khal Drogo from Game Of Thrones. The war scenes looks good. Although I have doubts after watching “Mohenjo Daro” as I used to be a fan of Ashutosh Gowarikar before watching the flying Alligator.
HISTORICAL ACCURACY OF THE EVENTS
A few other concerns arise after watching the trailer. The movie shows Alauddin Khalji as the lustful warrior who just wanted Rani Padmavati. But history has different versions everywhere so we are not sure which version to believe.
Amir Khusrau accompanied Alauddin during the campaign and makes no mention of any Padmini or Padmavati. Khusrau claims in his work Diwal Rani Khizr Khan (c. 1315 CE) that the ruler of Chittor surrendered to Alauddin. Amir Khusrau described the love story of Alauddin and the Princess of Gujrat but never mentioned Padmini
Most modern historians have rejected the authenticity of the legends involving Padmini and Alauddin.
The story is woven by writers based on the poem of “Malik Muhammad Jayasi” in 1540 (AD). The name Raja Ratansen was invented by Jayasi and got no reference in Mewar History.
the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s book on Indian History says:
In January 1303, Khilji set out on his memorable campaign for the conquest of Chittor. He received strong resistance from the Rajputs under Rana Ratan Singh. The Rajputs offered heroic resistance for about seven months and then, after the women had perished in the flames of jauhar, the fort surrendered on August 26, 1303.
Whilst later writers like Abu-l Fazl, Haji-ud-Dabir (note these two authors use Padmini not as a name, but as a woman possessing special attributes) have accepted the story that the sole reason for invasion of Chittor was Khilji’s desire to get possession of Padmini, many modern writers are inclined to reject it altogether. They point out that the episode of Padmini was first mentioned by Malik Jayasi in 1540 A.D. in his poem Padmavat, which is a romantic tale rather than historical work. Further, the later day writers who reproduced the story with varying details, flourished long after the event, but their versions differed from one another on essential points.
Bhansali may have to state clearly that this movie is purely a work of fiction and is based on a poem. Or it will be termed as misleading the audience and fabricating history.