When the controversy pertaining to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati didn’t seem to die down, the filmmaker issued a statement via a video clarifying it to people that historical facts haven’t been distorted and that there’s no ‘dream sequence’ between Alauddin Khalji and Rani Padmini—which many people questioned.
But has it ended the hoopla? Not really. A wide range of sections is still urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put a ban on the movie. Amid all this, more controversy is trailing each passing day.
Now, descendant of the Mewar royal family, Baijiraj Trivikrama Kumari Jamwal, who is the daughter of Mahendra Singh Mewar, 76th Maharana of the Mewar dynasty and a former Lok Sabha member, has expressed her concern.
Saying that she is upset how her family’s name is being dragged into the controversy, she appealed to the makers to not call this “inauthentic venture” as history and rather call it a “Bollywood masala.”
“It’s not just a question of incorrect portrayal, which is established from the trailer and the ‘Ghoomar’ song itself, but also the fact that you’re using my family’s name for the commercial pre-release publicity of your film, free of cost… And the national media is talking about it. That’s my problem.”
“Apparently, it’s a self-confessed piece of fiction. 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. Instead of making it clear that it is Bollywood masala, you’re saying it is history and misleading and ‘miseducating’ the future generations.”
Talking about historical facts, she said, “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.”
Her mother, Maharani Nirupama Kumari says, “He has already made the film. What’s the point of showing it to historians now?”
What’s the story of Rani Padmini? On this, Trivikrama sheds light on what she has grown up listening to. “If you go as a tourist to Chittorgarh Fort, you’re taken to Padmini’s Palace, and you’re shown a couple of mirrors. The tourist guide tells you about it and he points out a little pond and says she stood over there and Alauddin Khilji saw her face. But that is just packaging culture to sell to ignorant tourists.”