So I know not many of you’ll relate to this. But there’s this movie “Padmavati” starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
The movie is basically supposed to be on a historical event, depicting the story that revolved around Queen Padmavati, and a war that occurred for her sake. A king, Alaudin Khilji, fell for her beauty and waged a war against her husband. Khilji won the war but couldn’t have the queen as she participated in “johar“, a ritual that involved all the women burning themselves in a large pyre as a sign of being loyal to their husbands. It was also supposed to be a preventive measure against the cruelty the women would have to suffer at the hands of the victor king and his subjects.
It was a bitter truth that was as much a part of the rich Indian history as the war for Independence or the various revolts and ill practices like child marriage and sati(common name for johar). We can’t erase our history, neither can we turn a blind eye on it.
You must be wondering why I went into all this detail. Well, Queen Padmavati belonged to the Rajput caste which includes various patrilineal clans. At present the movie is supposed to be released on Dec 1 but people across India are rallying against its release and demand the courts to ban it.
The people belonging to Rajput caste (and even various other castes) are protesting that a movie which showcases a Rajput Rani (queen) dancing to songs, which if you’ve seen even one Bollywood movie, you’d know is an integral part of the plot. They feel the movie disgraces their respect and identity as Rajputs.
It is not the first time that a movie based on some historical incident is made in India, nor will it be the last. There are various movies, good movies, that only raise our curiosity for India’s history and make us eager to learn more about the addressed subject.
As a 21 year old, I know I’m not an expert in what should or shouldn’t tick us off as individuals or even part of a community/caste but I’m pretty sure that a movie based on some event of past, supposed to serve as entertainment, is not something we should waste our resources and breath on. There’s so many important issues that need our attention but we choose to participate in such petty movements that only feed the politicians motives. They get another issue to play their games of separating India as Rajputs (Hindus), Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.
India is called the largest secular country and is a good example of people of various backgrounds living together and how things like castes, religions and language do not matter. Yet we, as its citizens, allow ourselves to be governed by these kinds of situations that only divide us and create disruptions in the peace, harmony and integrity of the people.
I know my rant will not serve to stop these protests but it gives me a some peace to know that I’m above these kind of things that don’t deserve our attention, makes me feel I’m doing my bit as a citizen.
See you next post.