Rani Padmavati was a Hindu Queen who immolated herself with many other women of palace rather than falling in the hands of rapacious Muslim Invaders. This is widely known as Jauhar. She lived and embraced Jauhar for honour. it is not honourable to personify her as femme fatale.She was a divine Queen. Her story not only stresses on her beauty but also beautifies her character by claiming that she along with thousands of other women did mass immolation.
Why only Hindu traditions and facts are disturbed? Why is there always need to present history of any Royal couple as a romantic Saga or controversial romantic triangle.
We have seen Jodha Akbar as well. Though we must appreciate the extravaganza visuals of the movie however the movie has changed my perception towards Akbar. I have always had this impression that he allowed or caused mass murder of Hindu community during his reign but later I fell in love with him when my favourite actor did play his character and was portrayed as great secularist as he changed some tax system in the movie. Maybe in reality he might have done that but the emphasis on his being an unbiased king in the movie made me his fan so in this way my perception was changed. I am not generalising this change but the fact remains that the movie led to the glorification of Akbar as an unbiased King, a great leader and an honest husband.So this is the impression movies make on the minds of audience. Here comes the freedom of expression with responsibility.
What if the movie Padmavati glorifies invader Alauddin Khilji and projects Rajput king as an oppressing ruler and savage husband who tortures his wife and thus Johar happens to take place.This is what the protesters are apprehensive of. I believe this insecurity is somewhere logical until and unless their demands are fulfilled of pre-screening the movie.
As controversy gives them hype and profits, it is a Win-Win situation. People like me arer eager to watch the movie once the demands of protesters are fulfilled.At the end what matters is fame and money. For them negative publicity is also a publicity. They are intelligent enough to encash it. I like it till the facts and history is factual . Once it is clear I am big fan of cinematography of historical movies.