The recent controversy ove
r Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie has raised an important question of how India’s past is being defined. The heroic event of a proud queen chosing to sacrifice her life instead of being captured by the enemy has been inspiring awe amongst millions of people worldwide. But what is unfortunate is that in order to avoid any responsibility the makers of the movie sometimes seek to portray(through media and “experts”) Queen Padmavati as a fictional character, while at the same time imparting impeccable authenticity to the movie withpainfully realistic and authentic costumes[i] and sets. What is also intriguing is that while applying to the Censor Board of Film Certification approval, Bhansali and his team chose to conveniently leave out the mandatory declaration of whether the movie was a work offiction or historical[ii], thereby making their documentation incomplete.
I have found records from most media[iii], with the notable exception of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, where it is claimed that the movie is based on the poem Padmavat,[iv](1540), by Malik Muhammad Jayassi[v] – written almost 200 years after the event of the siege of Chittor byAllauddin Khalji[vi] in 1303.
Ali Gurshasp, a.k.a. Allauddin Khalji, the second ruler from the Delhi Sultanate of the Khalji Dynasty, of Turko-Afghan origin known for itsfaithlessness and ferocity[vii] came to power after eliminating his uncle and father-in-law Jalal-ud-din Khalji. Several renowned Hindu dynasties were wiped out during his reign, including the Paramaras, the Vaghelas and the Chahamanas, leaving their wealth and history completely plundered. This included the seizure of the world famous Kohinoor diamond from the Kakatiya Dynasty in Warangal.[viii]Interestingly the brutal campaigns in South India were led by his trusted general Malik Kafur – apparently, a converted African and a eunuch slave[ix] from Gujarat. Some historians like Ruth Vanita and Salim Kidwai, also claim that Malik Kafur and Alauddin Khilji were in a homosexual relationship.(Same Sex Love in India- Reading In Indian Literature- Page 132)The notable historians quote the writings of chronicler Barani of that period(1285-1357),”the Sultan was loosing his memory and his senses, he had fallen deeply in love with the Malik Naib.”
While historians appear fairly confident about the chronicles of Allaudin Khilji, many appear to be equally confident that Padmini was nothing more than a figment of the imagination. They argue that her name is never mentioned by any historian or poet during her time (13-14thCentury) and that Jayassi’s poem, where historians find her earliest mention involves too many elements of fantasy. As per Padmavat, Rani Padmini hailed from Sri Lanka(Ceylon, Singhal Kingdom). Stories of her legendary beauty were conveyed to King Rattan Sen of Chittor by a parrot named Hiraman.
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