KANWARANI ARCHANA SINGH SUPPORTS PADMAVATI. Kanwarani Archana Singh, who is from a former royal Rajput family and is married to another royal, Kanwar Ranjay Singh of Badnore in Rajasthan, says the protests over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” are overhyped, and one needs to “stop the nonsense”.
Kanwarani Archana Singh says she wants to watch the movie once before even considering reacting and everyone should do the same rather of being “intolerant”.
“I think ‘ ’ has been convoluted completely. I know a boy who worked very closely with Bhansali in the production of the film and he said that there is not a (single) shot that you can fault with, and he is a Rajput himself. He also said that after seeing the film, the Rajputs would hug him (Bhansali),” Archana Singh said in a recent interaction with media person.
The Karni Sena and other Rajput communities are commanding a ban on the movie, insisting it has “distorted history”. Several scenes and sequences, including a dance number by queen Padmavati, played by actress Deepika Padukone, and some other features of the movie have provoked the Rajput community who term it as “erroneous” and an “insulting” depiction.
Bhansali screened the film for some media persons even before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had cleared it, adding to the entire controversy.
The protest intensified on Friday when a dead body with anti-Padmavati slogans was found hanging at a fort in Rajasthan.
Speaking about the disturbance, Archana Singh said: “It’s ridiculous. I am a Rajput, but so many Rajputs have come out in favor of the violence that is happening. It’s not correct. See the film and then decide. People don’t even want to see the film.”
“We have to stop this nonsense. Be tolerant, see it, believe it and then act but don’t react. You tend to react all the time. We have become intolerant completely,” she added.
According to her, the entire incident is overhyped.
“I think it’s overhyped. Perhaps there was a bit of PR stint here where initially we heard that there is a dream sequence of Rani Padmavati sharing screen space with Alauddin Khilji and that got everyone boiled up. That’s not true and it doesn’t even exist in the movie.”
“Yes, ‘Padmavati’ existed. I belong from Mewar and she was, of course, the Chittoor princess from Mewar, so she did exist and Jauhar (Hindu custom of mass self-immolation by women in parts of India to avoid capture, enslavement, and rape by any foreign invader) did happen but this bit (romance of Khilji with Padmavati) is completely fictionalised.”
“Having said that, it is overhyped and there is an overreaction. People are not even waiting to see the film to give an opinion,” she said.
In the movie, Shahid Kapoor stars as Padmavati’s husband and a warrior king, and Ranveer Singh portrays Alauddin Khilji.
However, Archana Singh has a bit of suggestion for Bhansali.
“I do feel that Bhansali is a brilliant filmmaker and I have seen every film of his. The way he details his frames is brilliant. The only thing I would like to tell him is that if he wants to take cinematic liberties, don’t use historical names, just go completely fictional,” she said.