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Apeksha Bagchi

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Calling Padmavati A Fictional Character, Historian Irfan Habib Disregards Claims Of Distorting Facts

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  •  November 13, 2017

 

Even before its release, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has garnered quite a following, albeit a negative one. Blamed for distorting facts and maligning the image of Rani Padmini, many communities have strongly opposed to its release. But if Professor Irfan Habib is to be believed, then all the current chaos are just waste of energy and time. Oh, well!

Claiming Padmavati’s existence to be debatable, his theory points out the absence of concrete evidence of her presence in history. “Though Alauddin Khilji had won Chittor, during that period there is no mention of any character as Padmavati in history,” he said.

It was Malik Mohammad Jayasi, who, for the first time mentioned Padmavati in his creation ‘Padmavat’ 250 years after the event, “But Jayasi has mentioned that the princess of Singhaldeep (presently Sri Lanka) Padmavati was married to Raja Ratan Singh of Mewar. Padmavat is a long poetry collection and is an integral part of our literature. The official historian of Mewar darbar Shayamal Das has described Padmavati but in some other context,” he said.

Although the Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking a stay on the release of the film, many organizations have threatened to stop it at any cost.

“Rani Padmavati was a Kshatriya. Her character has been presented in the film by twisting facts which is an insult to the entire community. We will oppose the release of the film and will not allow it to be screened in cinema halls. A massive demonstration will be held at those cinema halls where the film will be released,” said President of Kshatriya Sanghtan (Aligarh) Satish Singh.

Whereas social analyst N Jamal Ansari reminds the primary purpose of any film that is entertainment, “It does not matter if Rani Padmavati was a historical character or not. It is just a film and no one should be allowed to stop its screening.”

Padmavati is yet to be approved by the Central Board of Film Certification.

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