Magnum opus Padmavati, one of 2017’s most awaited Bollywood releases, has only 28 days to go before it hits the big screens and the debate over authenticity of its content rages on. The movie, which stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been caught in a web of controversies ranging from attacks by the Karni Sena to a bandh in Chittorgarh, Queen Padmavati's hometown, protesting against the period drama. Joining the discussion is union minister Uma Bharti who took to twitter to offer a suggestion to end the issue.
— Uma Bharti (@umasribharti) November 4, 2017
In the statement released in hindi, the senior BJP leader expressed her stand towards the film. She said, “Padmavati and Khilji are both part of history and that cannot be changed. You can either call it good or bad. The freedom of thought gives us the right to either like or dislike a fact.”
She however also added, “When you make a period film you cannot violate the fact. Khilji was a plunderer. He ravaged the kingdom of Chittorgarh and Rana Ratan Singh and his soldiers were martyred while Padmavati and 1000 women with her burnt themselves alive.”
To further highlight the atrocities of Alauddin khilji, Uma Bharti writes, “we have read this is history and even today India hates Khilji. Today too men throw acid on girls who reject them and for me those men are similar to Khilji.
However, in an attempt to balance her opinion over the film, Bharti added that she has seen Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films in the past. She wrote, “I respect freedom of thought and to present what you think is also a human right but even representation has to draw a line somewhere.”
Having said all of this, she went on to say that her suggestions may or may not be the best way forward in this situation. She ended the statement with a strong stand in favour of Indian women stating, “at the end of the day I am an Indian woman and will whole heartedly support women whether the woman was in the past, is in the present or the future.”Padmavati is set to release on December 1