6 Works Of Fiction That Rani Padmini Has Been Portrayed In And No One Got Offended
The amount of hate that is received by the makers and the faces of Padmavati is saddening.
We live in a country where a human who was somehow elected to represent the people of the country has declared a prize on whoever beheads a woman. What does humanity even mean? And no one does anything to make that incredible woman feel safe in a country she calls her home? These hooligans haven’t even seen the movie to comment on it. As citizens of this country, this is a distraction from the real issues faced. This is nothing to be proud of. It is a movie, for heaven’s sake! Get over it!
We wish we could make this all go away, the creator Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and the whole crew that has created this masterpiece deserve only appreciation and love.
There have been portrayals of Rani Padmini in pieces of fiction before but no one gave two cents. Why? It wasn’t as glorious and as extravagant as Bhansali has made it. We doubt they would have got any footage if they would have outraged on the lesser known ones.
Bollywood, too, has created ‘Rani Padmini’ before.
#1 Abanindranath Tagore’s ‘Raj Kahini’
Kshirode Prasad Vidyavinode’s play Padmini was written in 1906. That’s around 111 years ago, what is the fuss about? A century ago, a Bengali writer wrote a play on the same story the movie is based on. On how Allaudin Khilji captured the fort of Chittor and how Rani Padmini managed to rescue her husband.
#2 Kshirode Prasad Vidyavinode’s play ‘Padmini’
Abanindranath Tagore’s Raj Kahini was a children’s literature book published in 1909. In this one, Ratan Singh offers to surrender his wife to Allaudin Khilji to protect the fort of Chittor but the Rajputs refuse to do so.
#3 Tamil film Chittoor Rani Padmini
There have been retellings in Indian cinema too. DID ANYONE BOTHER?
The Tamil film Chittoor Rani Padmini starred Vyjayanthimala playing the lead role. Tamil superstar Sivaji Ganesan played Rana Ratan Singh and M.N. Nambiar played Khilji. This happened way back in 1963, clearly, people had better things to care about.
#4 Bollywood’s Maharani Padmini
In 1964, the Hindi version Maharani Padmini, starring Anita Guha as the queen, Jairaj as her husband, and Sajjan as Khilji. Both the movies weren’t blockbusters but the Hindi version had decent songs.
#5 Television serials: Bharat Ek Khoj
In the year 1988, Shyam Bengal’s Bharat Ek Khoj showcased parts of Indian history. One of the episodes included the story revolving around Rani Padmini. The cast included Om Puri as Khilji, Seema Kelkar as Padmini, and Rajendra Gupta as Ratan Singh.
#6 Chittod Ki Rani Padmini Ka Johur
In 2009, the small screens saw another retelling of Padmavati’s story and this time it was a 48 episode serial. It saw Tejaswani Lonari as Padmini and Mukesh Rishi as Khilji. The serial was, however, not received that well.
All these revolved around the same story and the same Queen that no one is even sure existed. The previous portrayals didn’t see any protest or hatred. WHY NOW?
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