Suddenly, the historical figure of Rani Padmavati (Padmini) has become a heated topic of discussion. The reason behind it is the recent movie of producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Today, there is hardly anybody who is not aware about Rani Padmini but a short summary for those who still are unaware of it.
Rani Padmini was a Rajput princess who became Queen of Mewar after getting married to Maharaja Ratan Sen, the Rajput ruler of Chittor. She was extremely beautiful and brave. The Mughal ruler Alauddin Khilaji after hearing the stories about her beauty became so obsessed that he tried everything to get her.
After seeing her reflection that was directed to the pond through a mirror in palace his obsession became madness. The place does exist even today and is one of the most intriguing things about Chittor palace. The incident led to many unusual political moves but the siege to Chittor finally resulted in the death of Maharaja Ratan Sen and many brave soldiers.
Rani Padmini willingly performed Jauhar with thousand other women instead of falling prey to the hands of enemies in 1303 CE.
There is a famous saying in this regard, “ Garho mein garh Chittorgarh, baki to hain sab Garhaiya. Raniyon mein Rani Padmini , baki to sab Naraiyan.”
Over the years, Rani Padmini has remained not just a brave queen but a larger than life image. The Indian history is full of stories of bravery of various females. Rani LaxmiBai for whom the enemies said that “There is only one man in entire Jhansi and that is Rani Laxmibai.”
A Rajput queen who chopped off her head and ordered to be sent to love, the stuck honeymooning king who was reluctant to leave his bride behind in her nuptial bed and go to war. Another Rajput woman Panna Dhai who saved the heir of the kingdom by replacing with her own son and saw getting beheaded. These are not just historical figures but epitomes of bravery that build the character of a nation.
It is rumored that Rani Padmini is being shown romancing Alauddin Khilaji in a dream sequence of the Movie “Padmavati”. The facts are known only to the cast and crew of the film but due to this Padmavati row, many people are trying to play dirty politics. On one side, some are turning to violence which is totally uncalled for and setting rewards on the beheading of stars which is ridiculous.
On the contrary, there are some who are saying that the issue is non-existent and people can show anything as per the freedom of expression. There are insensitive comments that why to fight over the image of Rani Padmini who died so many years ago. The issue is sensitive and must be dealt with fairness and maturity. The debate is an endless and mutually amicable solution is must, let us hope for the best.