A BJP MP has said that women from filmmakers’ families change their husbands every day and that they wouldn’t understand what it is like to kill themselves and preserve honour. According to a TOI report, Chintamani Malviya, the MP, threatened to beat filmmakers “with depraved mentalities” with slippers.
Malviya’s comments came up as a part of a Facebook post against Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Bhansali is currently directing Padmavati, a film based on queen Padmini. The film stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor among others.
The controversy arose from the stories that say that Padmini set herself on fire to avoid being captured by an invading Muslim ruler. Bhansali’s film reportedly includes scenes that shows a romantic angle between Padmini and the invading ruler, Alauddin Khilji.An excerpt from the post, originally written in Hindi, translates to "This country won't tolerate insulting Queen Padmini. We can't stand such distortion of our proud history." Malviya went on to add that
Bhansali is relying on Khilji’s court poets who created a distorted version of the events. He feels that it is not just wrong, “it is condemnable.”
According to the TOI, it is unknown if Padmini was a real person or a literary figure, but Khilji was real. Malviya and his followers believe she was real and that she "sacrificed" herself - by self-immolation - after her husband was killed in order to preserve the country's and her honour rather than be captured by a Muslim.According to Malviya, for every Indian, Padmini is the “ideal” and Indians are proud of her. He believes that this “sacrifice” is something that women from the families of “filmmakers” do not understand, because “they change husbands every day.”