NEW DELHI: The director of “Padmaavat” Sanjay Leela Bhansali has finally spoken. In a midday interview, Bhansali defended the representation of jauhar, the “humiliating” process of taking his controversial film to the screens and the support he received from his colleagues. “This is what I wanted to do,” Bhansali said at noon. He specifically referred to the noise around the jauhar scene and criticism from various sectors, mainly the actress Swara Bhasker, who wrote an open letter, which glorified a barbaric act that deprived women of life and freedom.
“Padmaavat” is based on the legend of Queen Rajput Padmini, who is supposed to be immolated before being claimed by the invader Alauddin Khilji. Speaking at noon, Sanjay Leela Bhansali described jauhar as an act of war: the final act of war, in fact, and one waged by women. “This film is based on a story in which the character plays Jauhar.
The character who did it was convinced that it was an act of war. I feel it is an authoritarian thought. She did not allow the enemy to win. It was a victory of dignity and honor. This is what happened, and I can not question it. In those days, when there was no solution, the hara-kiri [suicide method] prevailed. I can not question it, “he said, adding that” any work of art should be debated … No one is obligated to do it. “To agree with everything I have said, while we disagree, and the work is stimulating , it is wonderful “.
“Padmaavat” launched last week under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. All of last year, the film, its director, sets, cast and crew were attacked, both verbally and physically, by Rajput groups who opposed the film on the grounds that it was a part of the Rajput story or, as Some historians point out. , legend Originally scheduled to launch as Padmavati on December 1, the film was forced to retreat in a month and a half due to the rejection of the Censorship Board. He was finally released for launch in January.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali said at noon that the months he spent weathering the storm were “humiliating and angry, there was injustice.” But do not blame the Censorship Board, saying at noon: “The rumors that we were forced to make a series of cuts X were not true. (The head of the Board of Censorship) Prasoon Joshi gave us a certificate just when we consider the pressure that was on him And now, when you see the movie, do you wonder what the uproar is about? ”
Asked if he believed the support of the film industry had been inadequate, Bhansali said at noon, “This is my movie, it’s my battle, some of them, like Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Samir Soni, Sudhir Mishra and Ashoke.” Pandit, he supported me seriously and told me to stay strong. But there was no obvious solution to my struggle. Therefore, all were defenseless. ”
Despite the lukewarm reviews, “Padmaavat” has had a warm welcome at the box office. The total box office of the film in India is almost Rs. 150 million rupees in less than a week. It is also setting up cash registers that sound abroad. “Padmaavat” stars Deepika Padukone in the lead role of Padmavati. Ranveer Singh plays Khilji with Shahid Kapoor as her husband Ratan Singh.