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“Padmavat” trailer is out; Nothing short of a magnum opus

Much awaited and talked about film “Padmavat” finally released its first trailer. The trailer is nothing short of magnum opus and promises commendable performances from the cast. Ranveer Singh looks fiercy as a Alauddin Khilji, the ruler of Delhi Sultanate hailing from Turkish and Afgan soil. Shahid Kapoor looks promising as a last Rajput ruler of Guhila Dynasty named Ratan Singh. Most talked about lady from the movie Deepika Padukone is looking beautiful and a strong lady playing a lead character. Aditi Rao Hydari will also be seen in this movie as a wife of Alauddin Khilji

 

Amidst all the controversy regarding the historical inaccuracies as claimed by members of Rajput communities, CBFC cleared the film on December 30 after suggesting few changes to the story-line and lyrics/dialogues. A suggestion was also provided to modify to title of the film to “Padmavat”.

Even after CBFC clearance, the movie might still not hit theaters in few of the states –

  • Gujrat – Chief Minister Rupani announced that the ban on the movie will continue due to the same fact that people feel that history has been distorted in the movie.
  • Rajasthan – Vasundara Raje, chief minister has said, “Rani Padmavati’s sacrifice is a matter of honor and pride for the state and we won’t allow defamation of her honor.
  • Madhya Pradesh – MP Chief Minister S. Singh continue to be firm on the decision not to release the film at any cost

Padmavati in controversy: Again, a new victim of moral policing

Hindu Rajput queen -Rani Padmavati is a legendary heroic figure of 13th-14th century, recently fictionalized by Sanjay Lila Bansali’s movie Padmavati. Even though there are hardly any textual references that support the existence of Queen Padmini. Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat mentions Padmavati’/ Padmini as princess of the Singhal kingdom (Sri Lanka). Ratan Sen, the Rajput ruler of Chittor won her hand in marriage after a long quest and brought her to Chittor. Alauddin Khilji is known as one of the most brutal rulers of the Khilji , he was engrossed with her and fell head over heels for her. He laid siege to Chittor to get hold of Padmavati, before he could capture Chittor treasure and women, Padmavati and her companions wailed for their men & committed self-immolation to protect their dignity and fidelity. The heroism by the Rajput women martyrs, thus etched striking pages to the Rajputana history.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati won the heart of admirers with the first-look posters of Glorious Deepika Padukone playing the role of Rani Padmavati. In the film, Shahid acted as Deepika’s husband, Raja Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer plays the role of Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Film Padmavati- On Controversy:

The movie was intended to hit the screens on 1st of December 1. Before the film has been released, it is facing major criticism in many regions of India. The carps claim that the movie is guilty of distorting history. Fringe Rajput group Karni Sena and other political groups are reacting absurd and ridiculously called for Chittorgarh bandh against the film claiming that it intimidate art and culture.

Film Padmavati is being criticized in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat for degrading women & distorting the Rajput history. The controversy started with a rumour that the movie displays a love scene  between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmini. However Sanjay Leela Bhansali claims that the film does not hurt anyone’s sentiments & solely endorses the dignity of Rajputana culture. On the other side Hecklers claim that the movie distorts Rajput women’s pride by screening romance between a Rajput queen and a cruel Muslim invader.

Mob is just blindly heeding & believing to the rumours without even seeing it. Fringe Rajput group Karni Sena and other political groups are supporting this misguided anger and spreading to several groups.

Political powers are adding fire to the controversy & devastation:

  • Divya Kumari (whose grandfather was the last ruler of Jaipur) is a member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and BJP alleged that the film highlights the romantic angle rather than the sacrifice made by the queen and it hurts the dignity of the Rajput women & their sentiments too.
  • Padmini Devi (the former maharani of Jaipur) also demands the movie to be previewed by representatives of groups and delete the offensive distorting scenes or ban it!
  • Few BJP leaders along with Jaipur royals, are in conflict with romantic angle between Padmavati and Khilji. Whereas, Mr Bhansali has been continuously discordant with all these rumours, he promises the movie depict no such malign scene or story between Padmavati and Khilji.
  • Women Rajputs are protested in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan claiming that the movie is distorting the history & malign the queen.
  • Union Minister Uma Bharti also publicized “No non-sense with Indian woman’s pride – past, present or future will be bearable at all”. She demands for a strong action to be taken to resolve the dispute.
  • BJP minister Chintamani Malviya, also fuelled the protest reverbing the movie as a distortion to the Rajput history. He stated, “People like Bhansali only understand the language of shoes.” He also bombarded grit on the film industry saying that filmmakers’ women family members are in a custom of changing their husbands every day, so how can they understand the sacrifice ‘Jauhar’.
  • Congress leader, Pratap Singh Kachariyawas also called for a ban on the film.
  • BJP leader IK Jadeja has also demanded a stay on the film release as it is being alleged for distorting history.

The expose conducted by India Today bring into being that Karni Sena is doing all this distortion for the sake of many with support of political powers, there is nothing like really being patriotic and nationalist!

What is true what is not, has not been revealed yet! However the thing to question here is that who is responsible for all the demolition happening all over. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been beaten up, the sets has been vandalised, threatened to burn theatres. Isn’t it telepathic to react so punitive over something that hasn’t been seen in white light till now? Remember of Charlton Heston’s famous movie Ten Commandments that was nominated for several Academy Awards. The film’s events & script is blown up adapted version of the Moses from the Bible, it even screened events that were not mentioned even in the Bible but nobody flaked it “for distorting” Biblical tales. Do we not have anything better to do with our time? Are we just a bunch of hooligans who are just meant to cause destruction by the name of religion, caste, creed, culture or a fictional queen who is still debatable even of existence!

5 life lessons that “Secret Superstar” teaches us without being preachy.

On the day of Diwali, Aamir Khan came up with one of the most beautiful film under his production house. Secret Superstar is a roller coaster of emotions.

Let’s look at a trailer here:

Secret Superstar is story of a girl from Vadodara who has a dream of becoming a singer. Her mother, Nazma(Meher Vij) is shown as a very supportive and caring of her daughter’s dream and does every bit to let Insia (Zaira Wasim) achieve her dream. Insia then manages to get in touch with a musician Shakti Kumarr (Aamir Khan) through her YouTube channel. This film portrays how Insia deals with her rude father and how she continues to aspire to be a singer.

This is not a review of the film in any sense. It is about what I experienced after watching the movie and about some really important life lessons that this movie gives you which you should definitely think upon. Here are the five life lessons which this film tries to highlight.

1. Never believe in stereotypes:
In general, whenever we see someone or hear someone we tend to make stereotypes. Based on those stereotypes, we judge a person’s character. When you see Shakti Kumarr (Aamir Khan) wearing all those colorful, tight t-shirts and the way he talks, we are very quick to categorize him as a loud person. Being a celebrity musician, his life and his relationships becomes more of a public gossip which should have been private matter. Insia (Zara Wasim) is also having hatred towards Shakti Kumarr after watching his image which is being portrayed by the media. How Insia realizes that this stereotypical image of Shakti is just a part of him and how he becomes mentor for her is a treat to watch.

2. Nothing is impossible
A girl from a small town dreams of becoming the best singer in the world. We have seen many stories like this in Bollywood where a nobody becomes somebody. But The uniqueness about this story is the confidence of Insia in her abilities right from the first frame of the film. She should inspire lot of young girls to believe in their passion and follow it till the end in spite of all odds.

3. Walk into their shoes before blaming someone
Many of us might have felt at some or the other point that why our parents fail to realize the thing which is so obvious to us. In this film, Insia and her mother’s relationship is so delicately handled. In fact I would say, it is as much as Insia’s mother’s story as it is of Insia’s. A father played by Raj Arjun is so much hateful and an abuser that you can not help but hate him from the bottom of your heart. Insia in a way doesn’t like her mother’s soft attitude towards her abusive father and labels her as coward. She realizes her mother’s emotional trauma, later in the film which brings tears to our eyes. It teaches us not to label or judge anyone because no one knows what they must have gone through.

4. Speak out against any abuse
From the film trailers, we got an idea how unsupportive her father is towards Insia’s dream of becoming a singer. But it just does not stop there. How her mother reacts to such an insane person and his abuse is satisfying to watch and should inspire women to be vocal about the abuse.

5. Girls are equal
In India, a girl child is still treated unfairly. This film sheds a light on this issue too. In one of the scene where a father comes back home after being out for few days, he asks for well-being of only his son. In another scene where he plans the dinner in a restaurant for a family and he tells Insia, “you also can come”. It gives us the feeling that she is not inclusive in a family. In India, we always see there are separate rules set out for a girl child. We need to stop looking at girl child as a burden. Rather give her the love and she can do wonders.

It’s rare to see such a simple yet beautiful theme supported by big star. Kudos to Aamir Khan for this project. Do expect few tears rolling down your cheeks when you come out of the movie hall.