Padmavati is in deep trouble, but it seems things might fall in place for the film soon. In a surprising move, the elegant Simi Garewal, has stepped forward to mediate peace with the highly influential Maharani Padmini of Jaipur on behalf of the besieged Padmavati team.
Padmavati is an ambitious project of Sanjay Leela Bhansali with a magnum opus cast of Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as the fierce Alauddin Khilji. The film has been facing violent backlash since its inception. Now, Gujrat has also been added to the list of states banning the movie.
Reports suggest, Simi Garewal is good friends with Maharani and took it on herself to broker peace on behalf of Bhansali. And the results are very encouraging. The Karni Sena which is enormously deferential to Maharani Padmini is expected to be summoned by the Maharani any time in the near future for a peace plan.
Apparently, Maharani herself is an admirer of Bhansali’s works. As far as Padmavati goes, she just has an issue with Rani Padmavati being shown dancing in the ‘Ghoomar’ song. In a long conversation that lasted for nearly an hour, the Maharani told Simi that the ‘Ghoomar’ did not exist during the time of Rani Padmavati and even if artistic licence permits such time travel for the sake of aesthetic gratification, Maharanis would not dance in public as shown in the film.
Simi said to The Quint, “Yes, like everyone who cares for Sanjay Bhansali’s cinema, and I care deeply, I spoke to the Maharani. She exercises tremendous clout over cultural developments in Jaipur. She said there was basically one problematic point in the trailer and that was the ‘Ghoomar’. There is actually no other problem.” Simi now intends to organize a meeting between Maharani Padmini and Sanjay Bhansali.
During the meeting Bhansali who has met the Maharani in the past is expected to discuss the film’s content with the Maharani. Thereafter she will be shown the film at a private screening. “Once the Maharani approves the protests will automatically die down,” says Simi hopefully.
However, Supreme Court will hear fresh pleas regarding the film on November 28 regarding its release outside India.
We can only hope that this rendezvous is successful.